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        03-07-2014, 09:50 AM
      #21
    Showing
    AnrewPL, there is a popular misconception amongst those will little horse experience, that by buying a horse at an auction they they are rescuing it from the slaughter buyers. That is a misnomer. They are brokers and are in it for the money, not necessarily to send a horse to slaughter. No one can enter someone's property and remove an animal. By the term "taken him", the horse wasn't removed without the owner's permission. I am sure you are aware that it is much easier for prospective buyers to view many animals in one day at an auction than run all over the countryside viewing one or two during the course of a day. The gist of my original thread was to be careful about making "rescue" declarations on a public forum as it may come back to bite someone.
         
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        03-07-2014, 09:00 PM
      #22
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    AnrewPL, there is a popular misconception amongst those will little horse experience, that by buying a horse at an auction they they are rescuing it from the slaughter buyers. That is a misnomer. They are brokers and are in it for the money, not necessarily to send a horse to slaughter. No one can enter someone's property and remove an animal. By the term "taken him", the horse wasn't removed without the owner's permission. I am sure you are aware that it is much easier for prospective buyers to view many animals in one day at an auction than run all over the countryside viewing one or two during the course of a day. The gist of my original thread was to be careful about making "rescue" declarations on a public forum as it may come back to bite someone.
    OK, like I said I had never heard the term before hearing it on this forum, the way people talk about rescuing horses it sounded to me as though if they saw a horse that they thought was being neglected they could go and take it and claim they were rescuing it from something; which sounds a bit like theft to me.

    So basically people buy a horse they think was abused (actually or not, who cares) or they thought was going to the knackers, so they buy it and feel god about it?
         
        03-07-2014, 09:44 PM
      #23
    Started
    My girl Joyce was a rescue.

    She was pastured with two other horses and was a low-to-mid-2 on the Body Condition Scale. Hadn't had her hooves trimmed in years, no vet care in years, extremely wormy, never got feed, no hay during winter except for what concerned horse-owners around the community bought and GAVE her owner (who even then tried to refuse the hay, stating that he wasn't giving the horses anything during winter), no salt block in years, the water trough, when filled, was green and slimy, she was covered in burs and emaciated. She was so weak that she fell down in the trailer and for the first week I wasn't sure if she was actually going to be ok, because whenever she lay down, she struggled to get up.

    So yes, she was a rescue. She also still needs some weight, but she's lots better. :)



         
        03-07-2014, 10:53 PM
      #24
    Showing
    AnrewPL, yes, in most cases it does make them feel good. I've seen horses "rescued" from slaughter when that's where they needed to be. Sometimes, we run out of options and the vets run out of options and there's only one solution, like it or not, and that's the kill pen. And someone comes along who thinks the horse is salvageable and takes it home, only to prolong it's agony. They "rescued" this poor animal. That is precisely why mine don't go to the auctions.
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        03-07-2014, 10:55 PM
      #25
    Weanling
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    They took great care of him and they would have kept him had my aunt not taken him.

    See this is the bit I wonder about, how can your aunt just take the horse if they were looking after it and would have kept it?
    Well she didn't just take him lol, he was given to her. They just had no use for him, they would have kept him if they didn't find a suitable home but I guess they wanted him to get a bit more out of life then sitting in a field. He was only 16 at the time, a bit young to retire completely and his arthritis is not very severe, just makes him uncomfortable after long rides. He's a great kids horse, just couldn't keep up with the rigorous trail riding the family did and he would also get very upset when left behind all alone.
         
        03-08-2014, 12:13 PM
      #26
    Showing
    I don't know why people seem to think arthritic horses aren't in pain. Ask any person with arthritis and they are on medication to control the pain. Horses are stoic animals. To show pain tells the predator that this is the one to pursue.
         
        03-08-2014, 01:00 PM
      #27
    Started
    IMO it's just semantics. "I rescued him" vs. "He's a rescue."

    Honestly I have no issue with people calling a horse a rescue if it came from A RESCUE. Seems just silly to be upset about that. Maybe they personally didn't rescue the horse, but somebody did.

    If someone goes to an auction and bids against the meat man and they want to call that horse a rescue, or say they rescued him, I have no problem with that.

    The only thing I take issue with is someone buying horses from traders/jockeys and calling that rescue. You'd just be giving them money to buy the next one.

    I don't feel as if I personally rescued any of my horses. Someone else did, which may technically make them "a rescue horse," but I just call them "horses:"

    Bandit: purchased, never in danger, not a rescue.
    Cody: purchased, never in danger, not a rescue.
    Royale: a friend of mine took him from a bad situation, gave him to me, and I rehabbed/trained him. My friend rescued him and he would have been safe with her even if I hadn't agreed to take him on.
    Mirage: purchased for $250, and I really can't decide if the organization was a trader or a rescue. Most consider it a rescue, but there was no screening process. I paid the money and they delivered the horse. He was in terrible shape. I rehabbed him. Can't say I rescued him because I paid, and I can't say the organization rescued him because I didn't verify the organization was legit. All I know is that I gave him a few good years before he died.
    Obie: The person I bought him from outbid the meat man. He was in fabulous condition when I got him, but just needed training. The prior owner rescued him, I did not. I've heard people at my barn calling him "a rescue." Doesn't bother me. If someone asks his story I tell them, making it clear I didn't do the rescuing.
    Striker: adopted from an OTTB rescue. They discovered him at an auction in another state. His breeder paid the auction fee. I believe donations paid his transport fee. He was in no danger when I bought him, but his continued presence at the rescue meant there was no room for them to take in another horse. Still, I'm not going to call him "a rescue." I'm going to call him an OTTB, because, let's face it, OTTBs are friggin' cool.
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        03-08-2014, 09:05 PM
      #28
    Foal
    I see this a great deal with dogs. I have 7, and yes, all 7 were rescued at some point before they came to me, whether it was by me or someone else. To me, abuse need not be overt, physical beating or starving. Rescue is a term that is often overused, though. I've heard people claim they "rescued" their dog, only to find out they "adopted" it from the breeder. I've also seen people use it to excuse horrendous behavior. There are instances when the past abuse or neglect has profoundly affected their development, but probably 99% of the time they can overcome it with proper care and training. The number one rule is to treat them like a normal animal, perhaps working more slowly or in smaller steps to achieve the same goal. However, abuse or neglect should never be used to excuse snotty behavior.
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        03-09-2014, 01:33 AM
      #29
    Yearling
    I've bought several horses over the years to get them out of their current situation and I consider them my rescues.

    Some sick and in horrendous living conditions and some starved but all of them came from private individuals and I coughed up whatever it took to buy them. Sure someone else may have come along and bought them but then again maybe not and would it have been before it was too late.
         
        03-09-2014, 10:36 AM
      #30
    Showing
    Let me remind you that declarations of rescue may get you in trouble if the previous owner reads what is posted on this public forum.
         

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