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    11-10-2009, 05:39 PM
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    11-10-2009, 05:41 PM
Green Broke

The place that I volunteered has set fees. She didn't recoup anything and relied on donations. She was purely non-profit. Ridable horses were $500, un-trained horses $400, horses to young to ride were $300 and companion horses were always free. No matter what breed, size or how much she spent on it.
    11-10-2009, 05:41 PM
This is the info on the first mare:

Miss Bee is a 1989 Thoroughbred mare, 16.1 hands, a 3rd level dressage master (including tempi's) and has been teaching kids dressage for the last 2 years at Meredith Manor International Equestrian School, sweet, sensible and sound. Will be an excellent horse for someone wanting to learn dressage or just do some fun dressage, clinics and personal lessons. No special care beyond some consideration for her age. We want to keep her from being a lesson horse for a lot of different riders and just have her with an individual rider that wants to learn and enjoy a super well trained horse but may not be ready for competition or no desire to compete. A real love bug. Many students from Meredith Manor tell us that Miss Bee taught them everything they know about dressage, that is a pretty good resume for this lovely girl. She deserves a great home where she can have some fun with one special person. She is a sweet mare that loves people. If well cared for she has a good 10 years of dressage in her and maybe another 5 of pleasure riding. Remember 20 is the new 10! Goes in a snaffle, never raced, good manners, good temperament, confident, easily trained, smart, sound barefoot, good with other horses and animals, good around kids on the ground, good with farrier and vet, loads, ties, cross ties, bathes, good alone, quiet in stall, free lunges or lunges on a line, can catch in an open field.

Well this is the info on the second mare:

Sukhoi: 2001 registered and branded Swedish Warmblood mare, dark bay, 15.1 hands, a very well built mare in a small package, currently located in Michigan. Sound for all professions, no vices, completes all ground requirements (loading, tying, etc), likes people, good manners, respects your space, good temperament, easily trained, smart, good with other animals and horses, good with the farrier and vet, loads, ties and cross ties, easy keeper, health care up to date and always been on a consistent worming program. Sensitive but well behaved,
She will make a very nice horse. She is perfectly sound with breath-taking movement and a loving personality that is the essence of femininity and elegance. She is by Johanniter (SW) and out of a Martini daughter, Sterling (Trak). She has had extensive ground training and ground driven prior to riding. She is a very balanced horse with an exceptional trot, forward mover. She learns quickly as she learned the turn on the forehand in one 15 minute ride and promptly remembered the lesson the next ride. Sukhoi has had training in dressage and hunter/jumper, plus Clinton Anderson level 1, 2 and some 3 ground work and level 1 riding.. Best with an experienced patient rider or a rider working with an experienced patient trainer. Super horse for any profession.

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    11-10-2009, 05:45 PM
LOL, we're working at the same time..

I guess I don't have a problem with a rescue charging more for certian horses. If it allows them to rescue more horses that is. I don't really like the ones that place a huge fee on a horse, a bunch of conditions, and then you don't own the horse. In my opinion that doesn't do anything to help get these animals homes and make room for more.

Of course, I'm a bit of an idealist (w/a good bit of realist mixed in, explain that ) So in my wonderful world, people would use the extra money they get from the "better" horses to save others.
    11-10-2009, 05:47 PM
Green Broke
If you look on the page though they are trying to get rid of them as fast as they can. I've been following them and they are turning them out but not bringing any more in...
    11-10-2009, 05:51 PM
Well then you're probably right about this particular rescue. But I don't think that every rescue that charges higher prices for their horses or different prices based on the horse's worth are bad rescues. If I had a rescue I would probably charge fair market value for each horse based on it's individual attributes.

I have to say that for this place I was just reading their website and some of their prices seem really arbitrary.
    11-10-2009, 05:54 PM
Green Broke
I agree on the prices. But I see a lot of that around here.
    11-10-2009, 06:05 PM
Since we are on rescues and fees. There is a rescue in MT that Spays their mares. It must really be bringing in the $
    11-10-2009, 06:10 PM
Green Broke
O_o ! There is a "rescue" near here who advertises their mares as broodmare sound!
    11-10-2009, 06:14 PM
Those horses don't really seem like "rescues" persay at least not from the descriptions you posted..

A rescue needs to take only the number of horses it can afford without having to post craigslist adds begging for hay and grain or charge an arm and a leg for a horse that is only sound for plodding around the pasture (speaking in general, not this rescue). I think it is fair of them to be looking to get back the adoption rescue fee of the horse, and some more of their expenses if they can. However they should not be looking to make profit, IMO.

Considering the prices of horses right now, I would be very picky with rescuing (Especially because of Crimsonshorse's point that you never really have true ownership of the horse, no papers generally, etc). If I am going to spend $2500 on a horse, I'll probably just buy it.

Personally, I would rescue a horse if I was looking for something to pamper and ride for fun and wouldn't spend more than a grand on one. I want the rescue to stay open if it is a legit rescue, but it's usually not the best financial decision.

...and don't even get me started on the PMU "rescues"

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