Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj View Post
I'm utterly confused. If there is nothing wrong with these horses, then why would someone opt to pay you $1,500 for a "decently" broke animal that you paid a couple hundred dollars for? Why not just GO to the feedlot themselves and pick one up?
The kind of overhead you're going to be making by rehoming horses at those prices puts you in a better position in this economy then most people into horses for FUN. Why exactly should I give my money to a non-registered self proclaimed rescue who's selling horses for twice what they're worth in today's economy?
I'm sorry if I sound rude, but I find it pretty petty to pull at peoples heart strings by calling yourself a rescue when you're selling a Thoroughbred gelding with TWO previously broken legs for $750. So, basically, this poor woman can't afford her beloved horse, so she GIVES him to you for FREE, and you're turning around and trying to charge someone $750 when even registered sound yearlings can't sell for that price?
We are registered as a nonprofit in the state of PA (you can search our full name - Muddy Creek Farms & Rehoming Facility for Unwanted Horses) and get that info. We are also doing our paperwork for federal nonprofit status. Ok think of it this way (no you're not being rude and neither am I when I answer your questions)... We buy one horse from Frank for 350.00 (some are less and some are more), it costs close to 50.00 in tolls to get there and back, plus 100.00 in gas (he is a 6 hr roundtrip from us), so if we only get one horse that brings the total up to 500.00 just to get him/her, then we normally have the horse for anywhere from 3 - 6 (sometimes over a year) until we find a suitable home for them, so that's 120-240 in hay, 192-384 in grain, 120 just for a vet check plus 35.00 for a coggins, and 32.00 for vaccines, 50.00 for their teeth to be floated, and nothing for their hooves because we are lucky enough to have a great farrier. So in the time they are normally here that brings the total up to 1049-1361. Now alot of our horses end up with adoption fees 500.00 and under by the time it's all said and done. Sometimes we lucky enough to be able to get a higher adoption fee which helps to support the other horses that are here. I truly wish people would go and buy them themselves! If that did that maybe we wouldn't be up to 18 horses. Our adoption fees are not by any means set in stone, but it depends on the person/facility/etc... Sometimes someone can easily afford the month to month care but not the up front cost of the horse, I have no problem working with these people. Trust me I'm not making a penny off of the rescue and that's not why I'm doing it. When I did our paperwork at the end of Oct we had 200.00 left (and the month isn't even over - I have to get hay tomorrow). I won't even go into what the costs are to have 18 horses here. I didn't come on here begging for donations, I am spreading the word about the feedlot, and if someone wants to donate great, if they don't want to or can't I completely understand. Some folks like us and some don't, but at the end of the day I put alot more into this rescue and these horses than most of the big ones do. We have a total of 2 full time volunteers (when they show up), 1 that comes on Fridays, my partner handles the financial paperwork, and my fiance` and I handle the feeding, training, barnwork, internet, computer records, grooming, etc. and he works full-time at another job so it's pretty much just me. As far as Gonzo goes, he rides great w/t/c has been cleared for all normal riding as well as hard trail riding (vet even said with a new set of xrays he may be able to jump - But we will not allow it), he has his papers, and the best temperment I've seen on a TB in a long time. Now will we get 750, probably not, but does it hurt to have his rehoming fee set at that while he's away for a 30 day refresher? No, not at all. So all in all I appreciate your questions and I hope that it hasn't only cleared it up for you but also other people who may have wondered the same thing. If anyone wants the phone number to the feedlot so you can save a horse, feel free to let me know.