Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Range, WI
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.