The article was well written, however it didn't nearly have enough information to justify the insane regulations imposed by a lot of rescues. I very much understand that they never want to see a horse in a poor situation again, however, their stipulations are not proportionate. Years ago, when I was searching for my first horse, I looked into rescuing one. It was the most frustrating and disheartening experience I've had while in the horse business.
I won't go into details, however, there were several rescues (think something in the area of 5 or more) that I looked into. I never would have been the owner of the horse at most of them. Not even after a year (or five, in the case of one rescue) of probation.
I wanted an Arabian, but most rescues would not hand over papers (if they bothered to get them with the animal in the first place) because they didn't want you to breed the mares. They withheld the gelding's too, which is silly. I didn't really know what route I wanted to take in horses and there was the possibility that I wanted to get into showing. I would have needed the papers for AHA shows, which I wouldn't be able to get from a rescue.
By withholding the papers, they greatly reduced the market for a lot of their horses. Not just the Arabs, but the QH's and such.
And there is more, however, that list is a mile long. I would have loved to help a horse, but the people need to understand and accept that they aren't the only people that CAN help a horse and let them go. Poor communication, rediculous asking prices for the horses, no freedom to do what you would like with them and more are all issues I've found while dealing with rescues.
They shoot themselves in the foot a lot of the time. So, instead of taking one of their horses, I went and bought one. Someone was going to get my money, you'd think that the rescues would want to be the one....
Proud owner of ~Mana: 6yo Arabian gelding~Pearl 13yo Arabian~Danzer 14yo Arabian mare~ Tiny mini filly