“Junior,” as he is called around the barn, could be summed up in four words: lovable, goofy, quiet and attentive. He has an overbite (‘parrot-mouthed’) that is really only noticeable externally when his bridle is on, as his upper lip hangs slightly lower. He is a prideful horse though, so he always seems to know when he’s being talked about, and will give you ‘that look’ when he thinks he’s being teased. He is goofy in that he loves attention and is more of an in-your-pocket type personality, loving to be scratched, doted on, or just generally getting at the attention he can. Junior is low ranked in his turnout group, but enjoys all the time he can get in turnout. He stands quietly for the farrier, and is generally well-mannered on the ground.
Under saddle, Junior is uncomplicated. He is brave, with no spook or bolt, and happy to plot-along without much effort. Junior is a rounder horse (an easy keeper!), and takes up quite a bit of leg, horizontally! His gaits are fluid and canter transitions are not difficult, though he is slightly more balanced going to the right. Junior has no known injuries and could excel in many different disciplines, but he prefers a rider with a soft hand and capable to using light aids. We feel that he would prefer a lower-level career with an intermediate rider working with a trainer, or an advanced rider, to continue to help him develop his rhythm and balance.
You’re So Munny is eligible for the RRP’s 2019 (or potentially 2020) TB Makeover.
ADOPTION FEE POLICY
New Vocations’ adoption fees are intentionally set lower than the cost of buying most Thoroughbreds or Standardbreds through a private seller. In today’s market, it’s not unusual for horses coming right off the track to be listed for sale at a price between $2,000 and $5,000. At New Vocations, a fee is set for each horse that will ultimately help the horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means the program cannot take in an additional horse until one is adopted. Adopters should be encouraged to know that by adopting a horse through New Vocations, they are actually helping two horses transition to careers outside of racing.
Additionally, adopters get great value for their money: The majority of the horses have been in the program for a minimum of 60 days. During that time, horses are rehabilitated (if needed), socialized with other horses, fully evaluated and worked with by a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses the history of each horse and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.
While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that the costs associated with the ongoing care and additional training for each horse post-adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront that he or she will have more funds available to cover the ongoing costs of properly caring for a horse.