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  • How long to retrain a rescue horse for resale
  • I rescued a horse and a horse rescued me

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    06-23-2012, 12:18 PM
  #31
Showing
I am in no way condeming all those who claim to have rescued horses. All too often, those who claim rescue are in over their head. It's these folks to whom I refer. They run into trouble with these animals and because they believe the horse was abused, Precious now becomes "poor baby". The horse picks up on that and instantly rules the rescuer. I used to retrain horses for a living and what I discovered was that altho the horse and I got along fine, unless I was able to retrain the owner, the horse instantly reverted to it's old ways. These horses knew every trick in the book. It wasn't from abuse, it was from figuring out what it could get away with and it couldn't with me. I didn't hit or spur them, I just stuck it out no matter what the horse tried to do and I had some very interesting rides.
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    06-23-2012, 12:22 PM
  #32
Foal
It bothers me too! Just because someone buys a horse that isnt shiny,they rant and rage they rescued a horse.then wen they run into a problem with maybe crossing a river,they say the horse had terrible experiances there. These rescued horse things are getting old.Guess it is just a pet peeve.
     
    06-23-2012, 12:39 PM
  #33
Cat
Green Broke
I don't mind the term rescue, but I do agree that you can't spoil a horse with kindness and "love" just because it came from a bad situation. They are still horses. They need boundaries, have respect and manners. Spoiling them is not going to do them any favors and can end up putting them in a worse situation if they turn dangerous from it.
     
    06-23-2012, 04:18 PM
  #34
Weanling
So you are referring to the kind of people I hate.

"I rescued these cats, but they're not spayed, I don't have the money for that."

That makes me so mad when people say that. (I assist with a low cost spay/neuter program)
     
    06-23-2012, 10:14 PM
  #35
Foal
I have 2 rescues. I bought them but they were seized by the state along with 80 other horses and placed in different homes. I bought them as yearlings so, no I did not rescue them personally. They were both halter broke and taught to load in a trailer before the people sold them to me. Other than being slightly thin (not by much) they were and are in good health feet were done. I would not want to rescue a horse that was on the doorstep of death. Sorry, I know my finacial means and what I am capable of. More power to anyone willing and able to rescue a dire straits horse.
     
    06-23-2012, 10:58 PM
  #36
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
I am in no way condeming all those who claim to have rescued horses. All too often, those who claim rescue are in over their head. It's these folks to whom I refer. They run into trouble with these animals and because they believe the horse was abused, Precious now becomes "poor baby". The horse picks up on that and instantly rules the rescuer. I used to retrain horses for a living and what I discovered was that altho the horse and I got along fine, unless I was able to retrain the owner, the horse instantly reverted to it's old ways. These horses knew every trick in the book. It wasn't from abuse, it was from figuring out what it could get away with and it couldn't with me. I didn't hit or spur them, I just stuck it out no matter what the horse tried to do and I had some very interesting rides.
I can't argue with you there. It takes a lot of consistency & persistence, while always respecting "known" history. I try to always treat my rescue just the same as my other horses while keeping that respect in mind. Lunging & you come in w/o being asked...back out you go till the job is done. I believe this is actually helpful in the horses mind to trust in the "lead" mare...that would be me! Lol
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    06-25-2012, 10:49 AM
  #37
Started
To me a rescue is removing an animal from a situation of starvation, acute neglect, abuse or impending death, and placing them in a better situation. I have done it several times, abuse, neglect, stavation victims and meat pen buys. I've had quite a few come to the farm so under weight we had to blanket them for a few weeks until they gained enough weight we wouldn't get reported to the spca.

Money changing hands has nothing to do with wether an animal is a rescue or not.

I don't care if people want to pat themselves on the back and call their horse a rescue, but I really, really, HATE excuses. A horse is a horse, and should be treated as a horse. I had a mare that was severly beaten and drugged. She was treated the same as all the rest of my horses - LIKE A HORSE. I expected her to listen and follow the same rules as all my other horses. I DETEST people who go "My horse bites me and bucks me off because he was abused" or, "poor little sweetie pie wont let me catch her and kicks because someone hit her". NO. They kick, bite, buck and disrespect because you let them. Horses live in the moment, they don't think everyday about what happened to them.
     
    06-25-2012, 10:56 AM
  #38
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
to me a rescue is removing an animal from a situation of starvation, acute neglect, abuse or impending death, and placing them in a better situation. I have done it several times, abuse, neglect, stavation victims and meat pen buys. I've had quite a few come to the farm so under weight we had to blanket them for a few weeks until they gained enough weight we wouldn't get reported to the spca.

Money changing hands has nothing to do with wether an animal is a rescue or not.

I don't care if people want to pat themselves on the back and call their horse a rescue, but I really, really, HATE excuses. A horse is a horse, and should be treated as a horse. I had a mare that was severly beaten and drugged. She was treated the same as all the rest of my horses - LIKE A HORSE. I expected her to listen and follow the same rules as all my other horses. I DETEST people who go "My horse bites me and bucks me off because he was abused" or, "poor little sweetie pie wont let me catch her and kicks because someone hit her". NO. They kick, bite, buck and disrespect because you let them. Horses live in the moment, they don't think everyday about what happened to them.
Whole post was well said. I completely agree with every word.
     
    06-26-2012, 11:33 AM
  #39
Showing
Ditto, my sentiments exactly.
     
    06-26-2012, 03:51 PM
  #40
Yearling
I agree that I consider a rescue a horse that was in a dire physical situation with neglectful circumstances such as lack of vet care, worming, proper feeding, etc. I love working with rescues, and I use the term myself. If a horse comes to me from a situation where you can count ribs, hooves are cracked and haven't been trimmed in years, hasn't seen a worming tube in years, and god knows how long they've had a coggins or proper shots, I consider that horse to be a rescue when brought into a healthy home where they receive proper care and training.

I DO hate when people blame any behavioral issue on "past abuse". Unless I have concrete evidence of that, I don't like to jump to conclusions. Sometimes the evidence is pretty easy to find, sometimes not, but using that as an excuse for that behavior is NOT helping the horse.

Maybe it is bad of me, but I also mention in my pics when I'm posting one of my rescues, because sadly, if you post a random picture on the forum of a skinny horse, people are going to jump to conclusions and ask why that horse isn't fed. So it is a further description for me.

That also leads me to talk about the actualy /abusers/ of some horses that say "oh that's a rescue" to fool people when they themselve's have neglected/abused horses in their pasture and don't want suspicion on why their horse is so skinny and neglected. =(
     

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