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post #1 of 23 Old 12-15-2012, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Donating a horse to a rescue/what the heck?

I thought a rescue, be it horse, dog or cat was set up to...well rescue the animals. To rescue an animal that was in a bad place and needed help.

Over and over I read of people who "donate" a horse they no longer want to a rescue and I just don't understand. WHY would a rescue want a horse donated to them?? We hear how over crowded the rescues are, how they need money to keep the horses, etc. etc. and some will take horses just because someone doesn't want them anymore? Horses that aren't in any danger or in a bad way, maybe the donator just wants to get another horse and can't afford to pay board for two or some other such. Why is this the rescues problem and why would they take such horses? Doesn't make sense to me.

Maybe there is a reason behind this that I just don't understand but to me it sounds more like dumping a horse at the rescue and makes me wonder if the rescuer isn't a kind of hoarder. If I'm way out of line would someone educate me please.

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post #2 of 23 Old 12-15-2012, 10:45 AM
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I agree, kinda. I think there are lots of people out there who want to do good, but not as many of those people have the funds they need to do so. So they rescue a few, and they end up in ok or not ok shape, and get shipped off again eventually, or die. And its sad and it sucks. But the theres the ones who claim to be rescues that really just take in horses and flip them for profit. Its a problem that's not going to get any better, any time soon.
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When someone drops into a financial hole & sees there is no way of getting out-that is when to start looking at moving the horse on. Before it gets skinny or is so ill that being PTS is the only answer. Many people are hurting right now & rehoming horses before the problem gets too bad is a better answer. If at all possible, get the word out & work towards a good future for the horse.
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Why should a rescue wait until the horse is skin and bones before they help it? Why not accept a horse in that is healthy now and able to be adopted out instead of waiting until its on deaths doorstep and then spending money to rehab it before it can be adopted out?

There are so many people that would love to take care of their animals but sometimes things happen and their financial status no longer allows them too? Are you advocating people letting their animals starve before a rescue takes them?
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It's not that easy to donate a horse to a rescue. Most rescues are already at maximum capacity, so they're hardly clamoring for more people to drop off their unwanted animals. Rescues are not 'get out of jail free' places for people who just don't want to bother with the continued time and expense of a horse they no longer want.

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Why should a rescue wait until the horse is skin and bones before they help it? Why not accept a horse in that is healthy now and able to be adopted out instead of waiting until its on deaths doorstep and then spending money to rehab it before it can be adopted out?

There are so many people that would love to take care of their animals but sometimes things happen and their financial status no longer allows them too? Are you advocating people letting their animals starve before a rescue takes them?
I am not talking about people on the down and out that recognize the fact they will not be able to take care of there horse much longer.
I am talking about people who are well able to care for the horse but..just..don't..want it anymore. Maybe they want a different horse or don't want a horse at all. Big difference.

OF course I am not saying people let their animals starve before a rescue takes them. A horse that can't be taken care of is a true rescue. A horse whose owner can provide for them but just doesn't want to is not in need of rescue and to say those horses are donated doesn't make sense to me.

I don't know how many times I've seen threads where someone is saying 'my present horse doesn't suit me but I've had no buyers interested and I want to get blahblahblah horse but can't pay board on two." Some people will pop up and answer "donate him to a rescue".
Nope, doesn't make a lick of sense to me.

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I am not talking about people on the down and out that recognize the fact they will not be able to take care of there horse much longer.
I am talking about people who are well able to care for the horse but..just..don't..want it anymore. Maybe they want a different horse or don't want a horse at all. Big difference.

OF course I am not saying people let their animals starve before a rescue takes them. A horse that can't be taken care of is a true rescue. A horse whose owner can provide for them but just doesn't want to is not in need of rescue and to say those horses are donated doesn't make sense to me.

I don't know how many times I've seen threads where someone is saying 'my present horse doesn't suit me but I've had no buyers interested and I want to get blahblahblah horse but can't pay board on two." Some people will pop up and answer "donate him to a rescue".
Nope, doesn't make a lick of sense to me.
Well just because someone wants to donate it to a rescue doesn't mean the rescue will take it. Also most people typically don't want to give their horse away.

Also how do you know they can afford to take care of the horse?
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Well just because someone wants to donate it to a rescue doesn't mean the rescue will take it. Also most people typically don't want to give their horse away.

Also how do you know they can afford to take care of the horse?
ROFL IF they say they can afford one but not two and want to rid themselves of the one they have by "donating" it so they can get another better horse then I have to guess they can afford to care for the one they own and it doesn't need rescuing unless they go ahead and buy the second one and then can't afford the two.

And Poppy I do understand that some if not most rescues won't take a horse for that reason but some will.

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Well here's an example: I can only afford my one horse because she requires so much extra but if I had an easy keeper the cost for my current one would cover board on two horses. So just because they can't afford that particular horse doesn't mean that they can't afford a different one. And if you are talking about people that show then yes they will get rid of horses if it is holding them back. I see no problem with passing on a horse once you have exceeded it's skill level. Especially as people are young they will grow and become better riders and may need a more advanced horse.

I just don't understand why you are passing judgement on people about what they can and cannot afford? That is their business and no one else's.
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Well here's an example: I can only afford my one horse because she requires so much extra but if I had an easy keeper the cost for my current one would cover board on two horses. So just because they can't afford that particular horse doesn't mean that they can't afford a different one. And if you are talking about people that show then yes they will get rid of horses if it is holding them back. I see no problem with passing on a horse once you have exceeded it's skill level. Especially as people are young they will grow and become better riders and may need a more advanced horse.

I just don't understand why you are passing judgement on people about what they can and cannot afford? That is their business and no one else's.
Sorry, Poppy, guess I'm not making myself clear on what I'm trying to say.
Seems we are talking apples and oranges. Maybe we should just agree to disagree. Hope you have a great weekend.

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