Susie’s Diamond is a stunner with her long legs and that black coat! She has lofty luxurious gaits and shows potential for performance disciplines while also being an enjoyable trail mount. She is observant and aware of her surroundings and takes new things on bravely. She enjoys playing in the water crossing, steps over poles and small jumps and thinks she can take on the world. Totally uninterested in being a racehorse, she didn’t break her maiden in 10 starts and retired sound; she’s ready to try what’s next!
Under saddle, Susie is light in and bridle and responsive to seat and leg aids. She is learning the basics of taking contact and bending while keeping forward momentum. Susie is not afraid to express her opinions and needs an experienced rider who can go with the flow and keep her focused on the task at hand. In turnout, she gets all her pent up energy out at the beginning and quickly settles into moseying with her quiet friends. She has no vices and is quiet in her stall, stands in cross ties and is well behaved for the farrier to reset her front shoes.
Susie is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such she will be invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where she will receive a free stall and free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and an in-hand classes).
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.