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post #41 of 46 Old 03-13-2014, 09:03 PM
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Just because people can sue doesn't mean they'll win. ;) People can try to sue me for looking at them funny, does that mean I should keep my eyes on the ground and not look at anyone?

(BTW I work in the legal field).
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post #42 of 46 Old 03-13-2014, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
John was the only one who got my point, and that is to be very careful about declaring a horse as a rescue because it isn't always a rescue and the previous owner might get irate enough to take legal action. We hear the term "abused" all to often when in many cases the horses were quick to figure out that the new owners didn't have a lot of experience, and pretty much took over. Absolutely nothing to do with how someone else treated them.
Actually, I think I may have mentioned something to that effect as well, along with other things. I don't know if I mentioned legal action, but neither did you in the first post. Maybe would have helped more people see the point you were trying to make, but I think the discussion that did come along was productive nonetheless.

And, Nikelodeon, people can sue for whatever they want. I'm not going to walk around with my head down either, but I'm also not looking for ways to get into trouble. Lots of other people try to avoid legal issues as well, even if no consequences would end up befalling them from these issues. Lots of people also probably don't even think about the fact that the previous owner would take issue with throwing around the "abuse" term, nor do they ever think about a previous owner stumbling across a forum with a picture of their "abused" former horse. Seems like a heads up isn't inappropriate.
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post #43 of 46 Old 03-14-2014, 12:15 AM
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Why do you think animal abusers go unsuspected for so long, continuing to obtain more animals? Because no one will talk about it. It's a big no no. "Mind your own business," people say. "You might get sued."
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post #44 of 46 Old 03-14-2014, 01:14 AM
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I'm not telling anyone to ignore clear signs of abuse. In fact, I would encourage people to report it. However, going to an online forum and reporting that you have a rescue horse (whether they were a "real" rescue or not) helps no one and no horse. If someone truly feels that an animal is at risk then I would tell them to call the proper authorities, not to just talking to their friends and do nothing about it.
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post #45 of 46 Old 03-16-2014, 10:19 AM
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Terminology is kind of splitting hairs, but as someone who has experience (I was certified by government Animal Control in Northern California back in the early 00's and am currently a certified foster for the Humane Society), I think of it this way:

"Rescue" is an organizational term, usually implying 501(c)3 status -- a registered, non-profit organization that specializes in saving animals from imminent death. This includes severe, life-threatening physical malady OR those unwanted horses (e.g., Premarin babies) that are sold to feedlots. They will also receive owner-turn-ins (animals that are no longer wanted) for the purpose of re-homing them. The point is: If possible, a rescuer will re-home the animal to make room for other animals in need of rescue.

I consider myself a rehabilitator ("rehabber"): an individual who physically rehabilitates animals that are ill, restoring them to health, with the purpose of re-homing them. I didn't train the horses that I rehabbed, but my job included instilling basic ground manners so that they could be handled for treatment. Once they were physically well, I either re-homed them myself (if I had purchased the horse myself); returned them to AC per my contract; or placed them with a 501(c)3 Rescue organization, which would train them and re-home them. Occasionally, I would adopt one of my rehabbed animals -- we call it a "foster failure." ;)

That said, I really don't care if an individual wants to say that they "rescued" their horse or not. It has no impact on me; but it tells me that the "rescuer" is someone who is compassionate and wants others to know it. Can their compassion be misguided? Sure, but that's not my business -- unless their animal becomes dangerous.

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post #46 of 46 Old 03-17-2014, 08:05 PM
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I dont think that people who adopt or rescue or rehab horses go out of their way to do it for the
kuddos from other people.
I am sure there are plenty of people out there like me, who when they are able, take in a horse to help the horse. I really dont give a rats a$$ what other people think .
Some of my horses are rideable, some are not, some are just pasture pets, and when they Leave my place its to the Vets for that final shot.
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