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post #31 of 47 Old 01-16-2011, 03:11 AM
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While it seems that you have taken the good advice from the other posters, here is a link to your local (?) rescue center. They have some really nice horses and adopting beats buying any day! L.A. County Animal Care Control: Lancaster
Oh man, that is not something I would recommend to anyone - not if a clubbed foot is a no-go. A horse that ends up at a city animal shelter with no description or history is not for someone who wants a horse to get up and go with ... or someone looking to save money or ... yeah. I think it would take a very special sort of experienced, moderately wealthy and very patient person.

Sure, some very nice horses end up in rescues, are abandoned or are sent to slaughter. But at a city shelter (especially as one as scary as Lancaster) those horses are not being worked with, apparently have no information to speak of and to have ended up there of all places for someone wanting to dump a horse... *fear*



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post #32 of 47 Old 01-16-2011, 09:37 AM
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honestly.. adopting a horse is SO hard. The rescues make it hard to adopt a horse. There was an arabian gelding I was going to adopt, but they want videos of EVERY pet, pasture, barn fence. Along with 3 pages of questions and essays. And we were honestly like Geez idk if this will be worth it..


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post #33 of 47 Old 01-16-2011, 10:48 AM
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Wow. I really am stunned that you all are against trying to adopt. I can understand if one shelter doesn't take very nice care of their horses...but trashing adoption all together...just WOW.

Buying from a shelter/rescue helps two horses. The horse you take home with you and the one you make room for at the rescue.

Rescues are going to be MORE forthcoming about horses faults. They don't want to take the horse back...they want the horse to have a happy home.

Rescues often encourage adoptees to try out a horse for several days at their facility.

Most rescues have experienced horse people around to help you choose.

Buying from a private seller is just as bad as buying from an auction. Every single word that comes out of their mouth can be total lies.

Most private sellers aren't going to take your horse back if you get into a bind.

Lilkitty- Rescues need that kind of information to assess what kind of home you are taking a horse to. While rescue adoptions cost around $500, A horse that is sick, lame, thin- will take much more than that to get to an adoptable level. It takes months to get horses from sickly and thin to fat and happy. Let alone any training or work that has been put into them. Asking for videos is only trying to help the adopter. I am sure you could have opted to have some stranger from the rescue come around and poke around on your property asking questions about your fencing and when your horses were wormed last.

And really...3 pages of questions made you give up on a horse you were willing to commit your life to? Really?

I think it is really sad that both the posters above me have put down rescue centers. Great horses don't always come directly from the breeders.
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post #34 of 47 Old 01-16-2011, 10:54 AM
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I rescue horses from auctions all the time. And the horse had an adoption fee of 100$ I was have rather them come poke around my pasture. I'm not putting down rescues. They just make is EXTREMELY hard to adopt.


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Buying a horse from auction is just that...buying a horse from auction. Not a rescue.

A $100 adoption fee just says that there were probably some special needs with that particular horse...lame, sick, old....all the more reason to want a closer look at your place. Horses with special needs need people who have the time and resources to take care of them.

Rescues make it hard to adopt because it should be hard to adopt. Those horses have been through a lot. They deserve the very best home they can get. Being picky about that home should be a sign that they care for their horses...
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I would deffinately look at adopting but as I said im not in a rush to buy im just snooping around so im not going to just settle on one that isnt exactly what I want. I asked everyone about this boy to see if his confo would be ok for barrel racing and got an honest answer which I appreciate :]

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post #37 of 47 Old 01-16-2011, 11:37 AM
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honestly.. adopting a horse is SO hard. The rescues make it hard to adopt a horse. There was an arabian gelding I was going to adopt, but they want videos of EVERY pet, pasture, barn fence. Along with 3 pages of questions and essays. And we were honestly like Geez idk if this will be worth it..

We must have been lucky, our adoption experience was fantastic. The people who run it truly care about the horses, but they're not THAT extreme. They wanted pictures of the place where we were keeping them, had us fill out two brief/easy questionnaires, and called a few references.

They want to keep in touch to see how the guys are doing, and I think that's a good thing. Perhaps our rescue was the exception, not the rule.
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that would have been plenty easy. But they didn't want pictures of our place.. that would have been fine. They wanted a certain length video. And videos of ALL of the animals in our care.. horses,fish, cats, lizards, bird everything. And it was literally 3 pages, and they HAD to contact our farrier, and our vet, plus 3 references. I mean really my farrier and vet doesn't have time to give a good note because they are busy. On top of 3 pages on how we feed and care (thats fine) and asking about everything single detail. And honestly we coulda lied about it all (and who's to say someone wont?) I would much rather them just come see all the animals and the land and fence and everything for them selves it would make me feel better about it all personally.


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that would have been plenty easy. But they didn't want pictures of our place.. that would have been fine. They wanted a certain length video. And videos of ALL of the animals in our care.. horses,fish, cats, lizards, bird everything. And it was literally 3 pages, and they HAD to contact our farrier, and our vet, plus 3 references. I mean really my farrier and vet doesn't have time to give a good note because they are busy. On top of 3 pages on how we feed and care (thats fine) and asking about everything single detail. And honestly we coulda lied about it all (and who's to say someone wont?) I would much rather them just come see all the animals and the land and fence and everything for them selves it would make me feel better about it all personally.

That is INSANE. I agree, just drive out and see the place!! They seem pretty backwards.

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that would have been plenty easy. But they didn't want pictures of our place.. that would have been fine. They wanted a certain length video. And videos of ALL of the animals in our care.. horses,fish, cats, lizards, bird everything. And it was literally 3 pages, and they HAD to contact our farrier, and our vet, plus 3 references. I mean really my farrier and vet doesn't have time to give a good note because they are busy. On top of 3 pages on how we feed and care (thats fine) and asking about everything single detail. And honestly we coulda lied about it all (and who's to say someone wont?) I would much rather them just come see all the animals and the land and fence and everything for them selves it would make me feel better about it all personally.
And this is exactly why I haven't gotten horses from the rescue here. (Probably the same rescue, in NC) They make it virtually impossible to adopt. It really is a shame, as they COULD be helping a lot more needy animals if they wouldn't make you jump through so many hoops just to be considered. I know several very competent horse owners who would have been more than happy to adopt from them, but got so sick of going in circles that they gave up and went elsewhere.

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