Golden Annie is a big-bodied mare who has eventer written all over her! She is bold, brave and unbelievably intelligent. We have not experienced a spook with her and she loves riding outside. She is sure-footed across the uneven terrain. Annie is so smart, she will figure out routines or patterns after the first time and remember them. This is the type of mare I would want to be riding for a very technical jumping course and she will enjoy the mental stimulation. She is quite a package.
Annie was retired after 15 races without any known injuries and was previously adopted in 2016. She did very well with her adopter and went to a few shows. She was later sold to another home but it was not a good match. She seems like she is anticipating someone hanging in her mouth and becomes anxious with a lot of contact. We had her teeth floated and had her chiropracted which has helped her immensely. We had switched her to a hackamore to help break the cycle of anticipation and she is loving it! We are now trying to ease her back into bits and she starting to accept a leather loose-ring bit. Annie is suitable for all levels of all disciplines with an advanced rider who can continue to help her trust again. LOTS of patience, a good seat, quiet, soft hands and TLC is required for Annie, but she is has boundless potential for the person who can unlock her trust.
Annie tends to be a ring leader in the field and is usually towards the top of command. She likes to be in everyone’s business. She needs reminders on the ground that you are the leader as she is the type to try to lead you (she has already figured out where you are going anyhow!). Annie is good for grooming, farrier, etc though she can get bored standing for too long. She does not have any stable vices.
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, we set a fee that will ultimately help each horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means we 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 in work with a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses each horse’s history and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.
While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that costs associated with ongoing care and additional training for each horse after adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront, he or she will have more funds available to cover the continuing costs of properly caring for a horse.