I charge a small, reasonable adoption fee, usually 250$ for a rescue horse. I will pay them that amount back. I am sorry, but it would be your choice to put what training etc into the animal as you choose. Should I have to pay you for caring for your own horse? Training, feeding, boarding, vet bills etc are the responsibility of the owner.
Likewise, I have had horses I've had to put thousands into to get them back to health and happiness. Should I charge the new owner for all the work I put into them? If I did, I'd never find any horses homes, and then I could help no one.
Why would you breed a rescue horse? Rarely would they have registration papers- many are mixed breed. Just because it has a uterus doesn't mean it needs to be used. =)
I do almost all my own vet work too. However, the AVERAGE horse owner doesn't. How many times have we seen threads with a crying owner, a horse with a little boo-boo and people begging them to call a vet? You or I would know what to do with the wound- heck my vet is confidant enough with my skills that he'll even just mail me medicines if I need them.
Reiner, you need to remember that the majority of people that adopt from me are not world class champion horse owners. They are the average mom and pop wanting family horses to take down the road.
We can choose to disagree. We are in 2 different worlds here as far as equines go. It sounds like you have been really burned by some rescues, and I agree wholeheartedly that there are some that are just off the wall with the requirements they have.
I am simply trying to do the best I can, to save as many good horses as possible responsibly and ethically, and to place them in good (hopefully lifelong!) homes. =)
Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.