Meet the Irish-bred, Tweezer! While this sporty dude wasn’t competitive on the track, he is eagerly looking for his next career. With a lovely uphill build and way of going and that bit of fire that makes great athletes, Tweezer is an exciting prospect as a sport horse. On the ground, Tweezer is well-behaved but not a deadhead. He is alert and attentive to what is happening around him but not impolite. He stands for bathing, crossties, and the farrier. Currently he goes on night turnout in a small group of other geldings. He likes to play while he’s outside and sometimes will trot along the fenceline to let you know he wants to come in, but has proven to be well-behaved in turnout as well.
Under saddle, Tweezer is more of a finesse ride, he likes to feel his rider’s aids but still wants a soft, quiet ride. He is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea as he can be fussy if the rider doesn’t work with him the way he wants to be worked. He has three good gaits, but is learning to balance himself better from the hind end while staying light in the front. He will pick up both leads and has great changes, but tends to think speeding up and leaning into the hand is the way to balance himself in his transitions. As such, he will need an advanced rider who has plenty of experience bringing along young horses while allowing for proper muscular development. Tweezer’s trot and canter are springy with great suspension and a nice, larger stride. Tweezer is a hotter ride and has offered no naughty behavior while in training here in Lexington.
Tweezer would be suitable for most disciplines with an advanced rider, we believe he would be an excellent dressage, jumper, or event prospect.
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.