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post #21 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 02:22 PM
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I've known of rescues (the ones who ask for public funding) who will pick up derelict horses and claim they have rescued the horse from slaughter. Unfortunately, like it or not, some horses need to be there and not rescued by some bleeding heart. Sometimes there's nothing more can be done to help the horse and for the rescue to take it home is and try to rehab it is animal cruelty.
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post #22 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 02:34 PM
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If I were considering adopting a horse I might be OK with one that reserves ownership for up to a couple years. It's the ones that never allow you to own the horse or won't sign over registration papers that they have oh hand that I would steer clear of completely.

As for those that want to place a restriction on breeding, perhaps they should spay all mares that they take in.

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If we do get another horse, depending on what happens with Cin the next 6-12 months I will probably most likely go the route of an OTTB. There are many here in Nebraska. My farrier does rehab on a lot of them and does work for one breeder/trainer. He says they are always looking for homes for the horses that aren't fast enough to go in to the gate or have incurred an injury. This breeder will find a home for a horse for even small injuries instead of rehabbing and putting them back on the track apparently, which is probably a good thing.
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post #24 of 27 Old 04-25-2014, 03:57 PM
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I don't think calling it adoption then retaining ownership is actually adoption at all.
If they want to give the horse a new "forever home" then by all means do so, but to try and keep complete, permanent control over it is wrong in my opinion.
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Good on you for deciding against it. I wouldn't touch that with a 50-foot pole.

I adopted my horse. I call the place a rescue because some of the horses they do get come from high-kill situation auctions and such. But they refer to themselves as a "placement" facility.

I just read over their contract again because I got curious about it. They specifically state that ownership is transferred over to the new owner/adopter. They do have the first right of refusal if the horse is no longer wanted. Adopted horses are no longer allowed to race, so entry in any race automatically voids the contract and ownership is resumed by the placement facility (makes sense to me; if a racehorse was retired, it was for a reason).
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post #26 of 27 Old 04-29-2014, 04:41 PM
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I agree, that you did the right thing for deciding against it.

As for the legality... So long as it's in the contract, it's legal :P To put stipulations on what you can do with the horse after you purchase it is pretty common of Rescue places. In particular, they usually say that you cannot sell the horse and leave it at that.
Though, I have never heard of any contract that states that, after sale, the horse must stay on the property o.o

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post #27 of 27 Old 04-29-2014, 04:49 PM
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A contract is what is written in it, and yes, you sign and agree to it. I adopted "Buster Brown" bc:
1) QH, brought to the rescue as a foal with his registered dam, but never registered, so he is a Grade horse
2) He has 1/4 inch missing from the top lid of his left eyelid. NOBODY is really going to be interested in buying him.
3) I wanted an extra pleasure horse
4) My husband is an attorney, so if the rescue every tries to pull a fast one, we will sue for ALL costs of keeping and caring for him. NO WAY could they reimburse us those costs.
Consider above in bold if you ever have difficulty with a rescue organization. Money talks, BS walks.
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