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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