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    11-10-2009, 06:18 PM
The rescue near me does not charge anything for adoption of the horses or donkeys. It is up to the person to donate feed, hay, money, your time, your expertise, your land for grazing. We do charity rides and drives and walks for the charity to raise money.
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    11-10-2009, 06:30 PM
Most of the rescues in my area are about $200-$1000 depending on the horse. I personally will not get a horse from a rescue however I am glade that they are there and some do not mind doing so.

I think charging those prices in this economy especially for the horses posted is way too much.
    11-10-2009, 08:52 PM
Green Broke
Quite frankly, unless you're actually active in bringing down negligent owners and providing a safehouse for severely abused animals, you're not rescueing a dang thing.

Going to feedlots or auctions and picking up cheap horses and then selling them for thirteen times you paid has a name - it's called FLIPPING. My 2 year old was a scruffy mess when I bought her, underweight, filthy and hooves longer then Aunt May's 80 year old breasts. I paid $800 for her, oh oh oh, I RESCUED her! Now payz me three thousand of dollarz please.

It's great people are making sure these rideable animals aren't slipping under the cracks, but it infuriates me that they tug on people's heart strings by calling themselves a rescue when there are actual horses and charities out there that could use the money to help sick and injured animals confiscated from the local jerk off. Rescuing a three legged behemoth with the brains of a pickle off a feedlot isn't helping anyone.

But that's my two cents. I can just say a penny of my money will never go to these so called "rescues". My money goes to NON-profit organization who are out for solely the welfare of the animal.
    11-10-2009, 11:25 PM
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
I question "rescues" that are asking for many thousands for their adoption fees.
Me too. IMO they aren't rescues at all, they are "horse flipping" businesses (you know like house flipping).
    11-12-2009, 12:51 PM

She's a shyster, scam artist, and just wants the money so she can pay her private bills with it!

Celeita Cramer is well known among real rescues and knowledgeable horse people, and she's shunned by the equestrian community.

Unless things have changed she is NOT registered as a 501(c)3, although she tells everyone she is.

NONE of those horses on her website are even close to being as advertised.

You don't have to take my word for it, just Google her name and read what comes up about her.

She's a piece of ****e, and there are people working behind the scenes to get her shut down forever.

Stay far, far away from Second Wind and Crossed Sabers.

If you really want to help rescued horses, there are plenty of reputable rescues and adoption programs out there.
    11-12-2009, 01:55 PM
That really sucks that people are like that. Well, I'm not afraid to say I was wrong... Especially in this case apparently.

I guess I see what the rest of you are saying too about horse flipping and whatnot. Hrm.
    11-12-2009, 04:30 PM
MN, there's nothing wrong with brokering horses, as long as people are honest about what they're doing.

To say it's under the auspices of 'rescuing' though, is at the least morally reprehensible.
    11-12-2009, 04:38 PM
If anyone wants to "rescue" one of my horses for $3000 I will let you take your pick. If you want to give me a few weeks I might be able to abuse and neglect them before you come to pick them up. Just bring cash and a horse trailer. I don't own a horse that looks as bad as the first horse. If she's not lame on both ends and sore in the middle I'll eat my hat. You're not getting much there for $2500.
    11-12-2009, 04:48 PM
"Rescuing a three legged behemoth with the brains of a pickle off a feedlot isn't helping anyone."

Think about the horse? Yeah your not helping any person, but your saving a horse. You can put it down humanely (vs slaughter) or you can try to rehab it if you think you might find a suitable owner. Its like going to the SPCA to get a pet. You go to save the animal from being killed. They will get put down if someone doesnt get them in time.

The rescue near me only takes sound horses now (Last Chance Ranch) so idk how they can validate being a rescue. If its a good place Im willing to pay a little more for the animal, knowing the money goes to help more. You can usually get some kind of tax deduction for a 501(c)3 so they sometimes charge a little more. Its bad when rescues sell horses for alot more then auctions, because that means uneducated people are just going to get a cheep horse from the auction house instead of supporting their rescue, and they'll just get stuck with a bunch of horses. They do need to make something, to keep getting more animals, otherwise they wouldnt last long. The difference between a nonprofit and a business is simply they don't distribute income, and their MAIN motive isnt profit, its improvement of something.
    11-12-2009, 04:57 PM
Green Broke
I agree. If you are flipping a horse call it that. Don't advertise yourself as a "rescue".

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