Horse Adoption Drive: Thoroughbred Thursday

If you've been considering adding an OTTB to you barn, now is a great time to consider one of these adoptable ex-racehorses.

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Horse Illustrated Horse Adoption DriveIf you’ve been considering adopting an off-track Thoroughbred, maybe one of these featured adoptable horses from New Vocations will give you the final inspiration you need to make it happen. These OTTBs include show and sport prospects as well as future pleasure riding and trail partners. Plus, New Vocations is running a Summer Special through the month of June: half off adoption fees through June 30!

Need more convincing? Meet today’s featured horses below, and check out New Vocations’ website for other adoptable off-track Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds.


Jeremiah John

Located at New Vocations in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

  • Thoroughbred gelding
  • 5 years old
  • Bay, 16.2 hands
  • Is this horse trained to ride or drive?
    Ride
  • What level of rider/driver/handler is the horse best suited for?
    Not specified
  • What discipline does the horse have training in or would be suited for?
    Hunter/jumper

Jeremiah John is a 5-year-old, 16.2 hh, super-handsome gelding. Jeremiah has a great build and an eye-catching marking on his beautiful face. Jeremiah enjoys attention; he can be a bit playful on the lunge line initially, but relaxes and settles quickly. He has a ground-covering step and smooth canter.

Jeremiah John, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Pennsylvania
Jeremiah John, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Pennsylvania

Jeremiah is looking for an approved adopter who is searching for their next show partner! We feel he will be suitable for most lower level disciplines, including jumping. He’s sure to catch the judge’s eye in the hunter ring!

Could Jeremiah be the #righthorse for you? See his full profile here.


Religious Ed

Located at New Vocations in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

  • Thoroughbred gelding
  • 12 years old
  • Bay, 16 hands
  • Is this horse trained to ride or drive?
    Ride
  • What level of rider/driver/handler is the horse best suited for?
    Intermediate
  • What discipline does the horse have training in or would be suited for?
    Any

Religious Ed, also known as “Ed,” is a handsome and athletic guy. He’s been a barn favorite since he stepped off the trailer. His gentle, fun-loving personality, combined with his easy-going demeanor, makes him irresistible.

Religious Ed, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Pennsylvania
Religious Ed, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Pennsylvania

Under saddle, this 12-year-old, 16hh gelding has three lovely gaits. He’s good in the arena and outside. He’s a been-there, done-that kind of ride who is very willing and looks to please his rider. Ed is an amazing horse with a heart of gold! He’s looking for a solid intermediate to experienced amateur to become his new partner. He is suitable for most riding disciplines including jumping.

Is Ed the #righthorse for you? See his complete profile here.


Trouble with Girls

Located at New Vocations in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

  • Thoroughbred gelding
  • 8 years old
  • Chestnut, 16.1 hands
  • Is this horse trained to ride or drive?
    Both
  • What level of rider/driver/handler is the horse best suited for?
    Intermediate to advanced
  • What discipline does the horse have training in or would be suited for?
    Trail riding and pleasure riding or driving

“Oh, darling, it’s true. Beautiful things have dents and scratches too.” As evidenced by his pictures, Trouble With Girls, known as “Kevin” around the barn, wears some “jewelry” in the form of enlarged ankles that befit his warhorse career. However, don’t let a cosmetic defect scare you away – this special gelding even raced with his jewelry and he’s completely sound!

Trouble with Girls, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Pennsylvania
Trouble with Girls, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Pennsylvania

A kind-natured gentleman, this 8-year-old, 16.1hh gelding enjoys grooming and being bathed. Under saddle Kevin has three nice gaits. He has a ground-covering trot and a rhythmic canter. As an added bonus, we were told by his donor that he’s broke to drive, which was part of his race conditioning. He retired sound from racing after 64 races, earning him the “War Horse” title. Kevin is user-friendly for an advanced or intermediate rider with a trainer. He is suitable for most riding disciplines, including pleasure, trail and an occasional jump.

Is Kevin the #righthorse for you? Read his whole profile here.


Tyndall

Located at New Vocations in Lexington, Kentucky

  • Thoroughbred gelding
  • 5 years old
  • Chestnut, 16 hands
  • Is this horse trained to ride or drive?
    Ride
  • What level of rider/driver/handler is the horse best suited for?
    Any
  • What discipline does the horse have training in or would be suited for?
    Trail riding and pleasure riding or driving

Looking for a horse with a great personality, a level-head, flashy looks and stellar breeding? Tyndall is your guy! Tyndall is very kind-hearted with a sweet eye and he loves attention from humans, other horses or even dogs! Speaking of dogs, Tyndall has that “puppy dog personality,” so he’d happily follow you around, and he’s happy to have someone love on him. Tyndall is also very attentive to handlers- he’ll stop when you stop walking, go when you go, etc. Tyndall is curious but brave. He loves to check out new situations and will thoroughly examine things if he is unsure.

Tyndall, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Kentucky
Tyndall, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Kentucky

He’s quite an easy fellow to handle on the ground, and patiently stands for the farrier, or for baths, grooming, crossties, mane-pulling, etc. Under saddle Tyndall is a very good boy. On trails he is incredibly brave (even more so than the older horses sometimes!). He has tackled every challenge without a spook and continues to “wow” us with his progress! Tyndall has shown us that he would be happiest in a low-level riding career. He would even be great as a “husband horse.” Is Tyndall the #righthorse for you? Check out his full profile here.


Dynamite Stick

Located at New Vocations in Lexington, Kentucky

  • Thoroughbred gelding
  • 8 years old
  • Bay, 16 hands
  • Is this horse trained to ride or drive?
    Ride
  • What level of rider/driver/handler is the horse best suited for?
    Intermediate to advanced
  • What discipline does the horse have training in or would be suited for?
    Any

If you’re looking for a true athlete to jump wholeheartedly into his next career, then Cruz is the horse for you. An 8-year-old, 16hh. seasoned War Horse with 54 starts, this gelding has an incredible work ethic and enjoys having a job.

On the ground, he’s very well behaved, standing in crossties, bathing, clipping, and standing for the farrier like its nothing. Cruz greatly enjoys being loved on and getting cookies – he is very polite about being fed treats though – he doesn’t beg or get nippy.

Dynamite Stick, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Kentucky
Dynamite Stick, an adoptable Thoroughbred located in Kentucky

Cruz has been in a slow, controlled exercise routine the last few month. Under saddle he is very brave. He is a forward ride and really enjoys having a job. His trot is nice and lofty with great suspension. He can be a little strong in the mouth right now but as he settles and works more he softens and relaxes through his back and neck. Cruz has been trail ridden and enjoys walking around in the country. He has been in work with other horses in the ring and had zero issues with distraction. Cruz would be best suited for an confident intermediate or advanced rider. Could Cruz be the #righthorse for you? Check out his profile here.

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