Not at all. I must have read it with my sacastic attitude. :p
If I were rehoming (and I may be looking at doing this with two) I will do all I can do find a good home which includes getting and actually checking references and if not, they'll stay - I have the space and resources that I can keep them if needed - but if not and people were calling just because a horse was "cheap or free" and I couldn't find anyone with references or that seemed reliable, I'd put them down.
It all depends on the person, the horse, and the situation, I guess.