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post #11 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 01:13 AM
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Not to mention the horse in question ( if it is the one you posted) I don't see being worth that price not being worked in 2 years and being lame id avoid this rescue.

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post #12 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 09:46 AM
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Many rescues have horses priced under $1000 but above slaughter value. Some are even more interested that the horse get a half decent home without a lot of strings attached. Don't let the idea of rescuing a horse tug at your heart strings. You wouldn't be rescuing if from anything. It's already been rescued so you'd be just a lease. You'd be far better off to get one that includes a bill of sale.
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post #13 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 10:34 AM
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Many laws in the US depend on what state you live in. Contracts would normally fall under state law, not federal law. Where I live, the county bar association has a lawyer referral program. Give them a call, describe the problem, and they refer you to a lawyer who specializes in that area. The $35 fee for the referral includes 30 minutes with the about 1/4th of what most lawyers charge. It is a reasonably cheap way to get one time legal advice.

Personally, I'd throw the application in the trash and tell the 'rescue' that when I buy a horse, I own a horse. If they are more interested in the horse than in their power, they'll understand.

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post #14 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 11:08 AM
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Where did they rescue the horse from?

I see so many rescues that say "Rescued from sale, was going to slaughter"
Almost always they "rescued" it for $200 and are "Adopting it" for $2000
I always google registration names. Before I bought my current horse I found out he went through at least two auctions.

IMHO if they purchased the horse from a sale, they did not rescue it... they bought it, just like anyone else.

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post #15 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 11:31 AM
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I wanted to adopt a rescue, too, but I refuse to allow the rescue to retain ownership of a horse. So many things can happen if your life that could make it so that you are unable to care for the horse and unable to return to rescue (eg you moved 1000 miles away, and at some later point became unable to afford the horse). I just think those contracts are unreasonable. Some of them don't even allow you to make your own veterinary decisions. Many state the rescue can take the horse for ANY reason. I ended up buying privately. However, if you do want to adopt, there are a few TB adoption assns that give you ownership. New Vocations contract only lasts a year, for example. After the year is up, the horse is yours to sell or do with as you please.
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post #16 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 12:03 PM
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Out of a dozen Rescues in NE, this is the only one that I could find that published their rules on adopting....

Epona Rescue
After the initial review is completed, an inspector will be assigned to conduct the on-site inspection of the applicant’s property. The inspector will verify that all the animals on the property are properly cared for, and the property is safe for the equine to be adopted. If the equine will be boarded elsewhere, the inspector will interview the owner of the boarding facility and notify them that the equine will be continue to be owned by the Shelter for the initial 2 years of the Adoption Agreement. If the adopter fails to pay boarding fees, abandons the animal, or otherwise neglects his/her responsibilities with respect to the equine, the Shelter is to be notified immediately.
I will note that almost all of the others I found charged from 50.00 to 250.00 for adopting a rescue, while a few charged more than that is was because they out the Horse thru an extensive training program for riding and ground manners.

Me thinks this Epona Rescue place is wacko with all their rules

Sure I agree an Initial visit and maybe a follow up visit 3 months later to make sure the new home is good for the Horse, but 2 years of not owning the Horse and the harassment for 2 years????? Sorry, that is a bit much....

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post #17 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 12:15 PM
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Plus, is the rescue expecting the BO to just eat the cost of caring for the animal and give it back if the adoptee abandons it? They want it back, they need to pay the board owed.
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post #18 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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After sleeping on it I've decided that I will NOT sign a contract that says that, espcially after paying 3K for a horse that needs ton of work.

I'm going to keep looking, and meanwhile Cinny has a bit of recovery and rehab to do and at the end, may stay. We actually had a new diagnosis today, Lyme Disease. If this is the culprit, he will be a completely different horse after treatment so I will wait about 6 months or so and the reassess putting him to pasture and getting a different horse.
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post #19 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 02:05 PM
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You can rescue horses without going to a rescue. Browse craigslist, look at auction houses, Internet forums and local adds. You'll find PLENTY of horses is desperate need of an upgrade!!
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post #20 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 02:06 PM
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Good on you for deciding against it. Contracts like that are the major reason why I'm squirrelly about adopting from a rescue. The fact that I can care for an animal and spend all the money I like on it while someone else dictates what I can and can't do with MY property just chaps my hide.

SouthernTrails, I know that situation well! I remember trying to adopt a dog through rescue organizations, but it's almost as difficult as adopting a CHILD in some ways. I got turned away because I "wasn't old enough" for the dog I wanted - I was 28 and married!
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