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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Sorry guys, I have a few explanations for you! No, the rescue itself does not use juvies or community service workers. See, the rescue is actually just a rehoming program for OTTBs that have raced and are no longer 'usable' in the industry, and they go through 100+ ottbs yearly, letting them down from the track, starting light training, and selling them on as prospects. They don't have an actual facility, but rather they 'foster' the animals out with people like us. They pay for very basic feed, vet care from THEIR vet, and farrier care with THEIR farrier, who shoes everything as a solution, etc. Everything else is up to us. Once the animal has been let down, gelded if necessary, and started it is put on the market to be rehomed. Adoption is fairly easy with them, no hoops to jump through and rediculous processes...which is good and bad. Rehoming fees go towards buying more OTTBs of the track and caring for their needs to start another cycle.
It is our own farm that using the service workers and juvies, but at different times than when we host the disabled children. They are our manual labor, and we use them to help build things, clean, muck, etc. This provides hours for them and a constructive environenment. The goal is to help them turn around and become better members of society. Service works who enjoy the animals are permitted to be integrated into our normal activities and can even earn riding lessons by working after their required hours are finished. The work is tough though and not every service worker appreciates us...and thus we have enemies. Make a bit more sense?
NBEventer - I understand, that's probably confusing isn't it? I had her grain with me to entice her closer. She's a sucker for dinner and I HAD to get her caught. This is actually after BO, one of the guys, and I 'herded' her into that panel pen from the two acre pasture where she is kept, after finding her like that. So in that photo, she is in the 'stall' that opens up into the panel pen.
The issue isnt really getting close to her, its catching her. She kept spinning to face away from me every time that I got closer than about a yard away. Frustrating for sure.
I'm pretty peeved about the vets too. They're usually good about coming out. One in particular did a great job of helping us with her when she was battling the EHV. Unfortunately he was the one that was already out on an emergency call of some sort. All of the others though, (and one was our farm's usual vet!) refused to come out.
For a health certificate, is she going to need to be 100% healed up by then? I would think that by May she'll be atleast 90% healed but I don't know what qualifies a horse as healthy or not xD she should be at an even better weight by then (my goal is 440-450 or so) and she'll have two or three more farrier trims between now and then so hopefully she won't have sore feet at all by then. Her coat should have gotten better as well, since its already shedding out.
I can easily get her vaccination records and such from the vet, so that's no problem.
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Last edited by Endiku; 03-31-2013 at 07:44 PM.