Great thread! I have several friends who rescue horses and retrain them and get them into good homes. In fact, I know my group of friends are people that are keeping 100s of horses out of slaughter every year. We are all a younger group (20-22), but we do our best to take care of our animals and they're all treated the best we can afford. I know all of us would go without dinner to make sure our horses have theirs. Luckily, we all know how to train and don't need to hire trainers, and if there's ever an issue that we don't know we talk to each other about it to help figure it out. This forum is just an extension of what we do. We don't train for Olympic jumping, reining horses, or anything like that, just good family trail horses, but we do our best to get these horses new homes where there ribs will no longer show, where they won't be headed to slaughter ever again, and where they will have a family that will truly take care of them. I know people on here have told me to call a vet for my mare acting studish and were upset when I said I won't be calling a vet, but there were also 30 other posters that agreed they'd seen the same thing from other mares. Had I thought there was a serious issue here, the vet would have been called out. But I saw some posts in here as well with people putting down others for asking if a farrier had done a good job, there should be no problem with questions like that on here!! We depend on professionals in this hobby, but sometimes professionals don't know what they're even doing. I.E. Farriers in particular! I've had 3 farriers make horses go lame. I know of an instance as well where a friend of mine called out a vet and the vet said the horse was colicing and treated it as so...a few days later her mare's stomach had filled with blood and she had to be put down. It had nothing to do with Colic. But anyways, great post, and I completely agree with sooo much in here!