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332 Ex-Racehorses Find A Home In 2010!

2010 - A Great Success For New Vocations!

Although we are already 2 months into a very exciting new year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the 2010 year and to share with you all just how successful it truly was.

At the beginning of each year, the staff at New Vocations sets an adoption goal that we hope to achieve. Last year was no different; we had our aim on reaching a target goal of 300 horses to be adopted out by the end of 2010.

We are all excited to report that not only did we achieve our goal, but were able to surpass it!

Our grand adoption total for 2010 = 332 horses

197 Thoroughbreds

135 Standardbreds
We would like to thank everyone for their generous support and contributions in 2010. Because of  your support, 332 horses found experienced, caring homes, where a chance for a new life is possible.

Please help us in reaching and perhaps surpassing our new adoption goal of 350 horses in 2011!

Classy, Wise Mare with a Floating Movement and a Heart of Gold!
Pam is a very kind, well-mannered mare who loves attention. She has served out most of her years as a broodmare but is no longer able to get in foal. She enjoys recreational riding especially outdoors. She is a smart yet sensitive mare who wants to please her rider. Pam has a nice, floating movement which would lend itself well in the dressage ring. She would also be a great horse for someone wanting a companion and trail riding mount. She is a very tall girl who could easily carry a taller rider. Pam is used to being turned out 24/7 with shelter, but is now also doing well being stalled and turned out daily. She gets along with everyone in the pasture and is not at all aggressive. She is sound and has no vices.

To view full details, including pictures and a riding video of Pam J, please CLICK HERE.

A Great Family Horse!

Clever is an adorable 10 year old bay gelding. He is a very kind horse, quiet under saddle and has a fantastic personality! He retired sound and has since had a lot of time and training under saddle. Clever was actually broke to ride by a 13 year old girl with many other youngsters on his back. He is a lot of fun to ride and will make a great family horse! He is a pacer but will pick up a trot when asked.
To view full details, including pictures and a riding video, please CLICK HERE.

Adoption Success Story

Daffy, whom we now call Sensei, is a wonderful horse! He has really come along this year. He has become a fabulous fox hunter and trail horse.

Sensei has competed in local Hunter Pace events and was part of the winning team both times in his division. He has also competed this summer in a local jumper show, winning good ribbons. Sensei is sensible, easy going and a true love. All I have to do is point him at the trailer and he climbs on, ready to go and do whatever is asked of him. Sensei is one of the kindest horses I have ever worked with.

Thank you for this delightful individual!

Feeding The Newly Retired Racehorse

Often the gravest risk a retired racehorse faces as it makes the transition to a pleasure mount is lack of calories. Most horses right off the track are well muscled, but lean with very little body fat. They’ve been pampered and sheltered 24 hours a day, then suddenly lose their job and must adapt to a dramatic new lifestyle. It’s essential that each horse receives the calories necessary to build and maintain fat supplies.
Stock breeds, Arabians, Morgans, crossbreds, and gaited horses are generally much easier to maintain than the racing breeds. Thoroughbreds, especially, have a higher metabolism and rapidly burn up calories. Many recipients of retired racehorses have difficulty grasping and accepting how much feed it takes to maintain the new addition to their equine family. As we move into winter, it’s imperative that this fact is fully understood.
The starting place for an average recently retired 16h Thoroughbred receiving daily turnout is 10 pounds of 12% concentrate a day (a Standardbred will probably do well on eight) plus 15 – 20 pounds of good quality mixed hay. Put another way, this amounts to a bag of feed every five days plus 1/3 to 1/2 bale of hay a day. For all too many horse owners, that’s mind-boggling.
It’s important to know what your feed actually weighs. The largest coffee can or a three-pound scoop holds about three pounds of sweet feed. Corn and some pelleted concentrates weigh more. Alfalfa hay is high in food value and far superior to timothy or grass hay for putting on weight. Retired racehorses often lose weight on straight grass hay unless the concentrate is increased above 8 – 10 pounds to make up the difference.
People that have only fed stock-type horses in the past are often concerned that they will founder their former racehorse by giving it so much grain. However, Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds are accustomed to receiving 10 – 16 pounds of grain a day at the track. Actually, most trainers feed them about all they’ll eat and try to figure out how to get them to consume more. This realization should ease fears of overfeeding.
Optimal body condition can vary according to what the horse is doing, but seeing ribs or easily feeling them under a winter coat is a common indicator that the horse is not receiving enough food. A ribby appearance with a potbelly or excessive winter hair growth is another sign of insufficient or poor quality feed. In these cases more grain and/or additional alfalfa hay is in order. It may take months to fatten up a retired racehorse, but once a fleshy condition is attained, the weight will be easier to maintain.

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 Equine Affaire April 7th - 10th

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