I think most rescues need to wake up and taste the toast. This is no longer the 80's when folks were just jumping on the bandwagon and throwing money at a rescue to "save the horses". Over time we've seen the rescues who took in the horses with the roached backs so severe that they could never be ridden, and watched the rescues support them as "unadoptable" for 20+ years, seen them do multiple colic surgeries on a 27 year old horse only to have to euthanize her anyhow, gotten jaded about the "kill pen" horses and watched as rescue after rescue inundated themselves in useless horses.
We are now to the point, especially economically, that we want to see the money donated put to good, responsible use. Money has become very tight for most everyone and when giving to a rescue I know I want to see ethical, business-like choice made for the animals in their care.
No longer do I want money that I'm donating to be spent on horses who have no future except to be lawn ornaments at a rescue. Not every horse needs to be saved, the purpose of a rescue should be to take in a horse and evaluate, train and vet it so that it can be rehomed for enough money to bring the next horse along. All the strings, hoarder mentality and control issues, in today's economy, are nothing but off putting to people. You can guilt people into adopting but when they see the unreasonable demands and restrictions....You won't keep them.
I won't touch a rescue horse and after all of the things I've seen at various rescues, won't donate a dime. I'll go get a horse out of a tough situation but rescues, IMO, have out lived their usefulness. Too many have turned into animal hoarders and that's not helping the animals they're supposed to serve.
Many strip horses of their papers, routinely, and that to me is completely unethical and inexcusable. Saying that getting the papers is up to the adopter to request them from the registration agency is merely double speak for, "We only deal in grade animals.". NO agency will issue papers without a signed transfer, court order or some other documentation showing a horse has changed hands legally. Once the original papers are gone, many will not help the next owner try to track down or get duplicate papers. Saying a horse has papers available and not giving the original papers to the new owner is nothing but a scam.
Rescues need to take a long hard look at their practices and understand that if they continue as they are, their funding which is getting scarcer by the day, will dry up completely. They need to look at their business practices, their control issues and they need to understand that for less than most adoption fees, I can buy a horse, train it my way and sell it to the next owner and have absolutely no issues with anyone. They need to understand that these are HORSES not CHILDREN. I married my spouse til death do us part, if I had children that is for life, and while most of the animals who come here are here for life, I can't say that for every one. Some don't work out, times change, people get older, finances fluctuate. To insist on a forever home for an large livestock animal is purely unrealistic and that clause right there is enough to make me walk from a rescue or a potential purchase.
Rescues need to get realistic.