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        12-15-2012, 06:04 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    The proper word isn't "donate," it's "surrender." But I don't see the problem with rescues doing this. My previous dog was an owner surrender case.
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        12-15-2012, 07:44 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Part of the reason there are not as many horses starving and foundering in fields is because owners CAN surrender to a rescue or shelter. Most rescues ask for a surrender fee, many will waive it if the owner cannot afford it, but not all.

    I'm really not sure why you are so upset. Not every rescue "hoards," and it is an agreeable alternative to starving. And in many cases, an owner will surrender an old/crippled/ill animal they cannot afford to care for or PTS and the rescue can euthanize. Again, better than the horse dying slowly in a field. I'm not sure what your beef is. O_o
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        12-15-2012, 07:53 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
    Part of the reason there are not as many horses starving and foundering in fields is because owners CAN surrender to a rescue or shelter. Most rescues ask for a surrender fee, many will waive it if the owner cannot afford it, but not all.

    I'm really not sure why you are so upset. Not every rescue "hoards," and it is an agreeable alternative to starving. And in many cases, an owner will surrender an old/crippled/ill animal they cannot afford to care for or PTS and the rescue can euthanize. Again, better than the horse dying slowly in a field. I'm not sure what your beef is. O_o
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    Evidently I have done a very very poor job of expressing myself.
    LOL seems that nobody understands my point.
    I am going to say this last thing and then I'm out of this thread.
    I have no problem whatsoever with someone handing over a horse to a rescue if they cannot take care of it. I don't understand handing over to a rescue IF you can AFFORD a horse just because you don't want it anymore.
    Ok, guys, I'm done. Hope everyone has a good weekend and gets to ride.
         
        12-15-2012, 07:55 PM
      #14
    Started
    I hate the word 'donate.' "Donations" are valuable things- food, medicine, supplies, volunteer time. Usually it's only the people unloading their horse (cat, dog, parrot) on a rescue that will call it a 'donation' and usually they're calling it that to try to make themselves feel better about getting rid of the animal. The folks actually working in rescue/shelter refer to the animals as 'rescues' if they were out of a bad situation or as 'owner surrenders' if the owners just gave them up willingly for whatever reason. The only time I think 'donate' is really appropriate is when people are giving a horse to a big cat/carnivore facility to be slaughtered and used for food.
         
        12-15-2012, 08:04 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    What part of you have no idea what situation people are in do you not understand? Just because YOU think they can afford the horse doesn't mean they can. There are so many factors that go into it. Unless you are in their bank account and in their mind you cannot judge whether they can afford the horse or not.

    Stop judging people by what you feel they should do.
         
        12-15-2012, 08:07 PM
      #16
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by acorn    
    Evidently I have done a very very poor job of expressing myself.
    LOL seems that nobody understands my point.
    I am going to say this last thing and then I'm out of this thread.
    I have no problem whatsoever with someone handing over a horse to a rescue if they cannot take care of it. I don't understand handing over to a rescue IF you can AFFORD a horse just because you don't want it anymore.
    Ok, guys, I'm done. Hope everyone has a good weekend and gets to ride.
    WHY they surrender is not only no business of yours, but it's also not your place to accost them for it. So what if they can afford three horses but decide to surrender one or all of them? It's not your place to decide how or where they should rehome their horses. Maybe they don't want to deal with selling, maybe they took a bad fall and don't want to ride again, maybe they lost interest, maybe they just don't get along or have the relationship they want with the horse. What difference does it make? The horse is going to a rescue or shelter because the owner believes it will be cared for and found a good home. Shame on you for criticizing them.
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        12-15-2012, 08:16 PM
      #17
    Foal
    ....If they don't take them, many people will just ignore the animals until cops step in.
    I could never just give away animals, people these days are insane and you cannot trust random people off the street. A rescue tends to be a fairly safe bet.

    Problem is that anyone off the street can buy/get a free animal, no one is controlling, regulating or at least checking to see if the people can even care for it.
         
        12-15-2012, 10:42 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Your being very judgemental and wanting an answer on something no one besides the person surrendering the animal can tell you. Just because someone is trying to "donate" a horse doesn't mean the rescue is forsure going to take it. Alot of rescues will help advertise horses that are needing a home but our still in the owners care. Rescue organizations do this everyday and come across a ll kinds of BS and know how to track through it so they are not getting taken for a ride and lied to if that's what your worried about. Most people who "donate" a horse to a rescue are not in the position to take care of the said animal any longer. I would give them props for handling the situation promptly then letting the animal starve in a pasture or stall. If its a healthy animal alot are adopted fairly quick
         
        12-15-2012, 11:28 PM
      #19
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by acorn    
    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.

    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.
    I raise my hand here and say "This is me."

    I upgraded a very thin, terribly cared for registered mare as a possible show prospect. Brought her home, took care of her teeth and feet, got her current on her shots, gave her some much needed love and attention, and put her weight back on. Taught her showmanship, got her backed, and respectful on the ground.

    But, it became apparent she wasn't going to make a show prospect for my level of competition. Quick legged, very reactive, and a difficult girl. The horse market sucks. No buyers interested in her. I gave her away - with papers - and didn't feel badly about it. Didn't give her to a rescue, exactly. Gave her to a local guy who doesn't buy, doesn't sell - just finds possible matches between those wanting to get out of a horse they aren't willing to feed and care for and those wanting a prospect that they can spend their time and money on. She is now with a young couple who want a show prospect o show on a local level.

    I got out of her monthly costs and got myself a new, much more promising filly. Horses are expensive. Why keep a horse you don't want? Why are you judging people for moving them on? I don't board... have five acres. Could I afford to care for her? Sure - but why would I? I have my mare Whiskey, our pony George, and now a new prospect. Suits me fine.

    And the local rescues would love to take a horse that they can bring in for free that are current on everything, healthy, sound, and can be turned around quickly for a small profit. Truth is, most horses in rescues are there because they have a problem, be it mental or physical - old mares never broke to ride - horses that have been ridden badly and picked up dangerous habits like bolting and rearing - or soundness issues. These are horses that were once disposed of through slaughter... now the owners don't want to pay for the euthanasia/disposal fees and dump them in a field and the rescues take them in and go broke.
         
        12-16-2012, 01:54 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    Sometimes donate is the word. About 12 yrs ago I donated my older quarter horse gelding to a therapeutic riding program. I was getting divorced, money was tight, although he remained well fed and spoiled with treats as long as I had him. I was working rotating 12 hr shifts and no riding, just feeding and cleaning poop. Because he was 20 yrs old I didnt want to try and sell him and chance where he'd end up. Right at that time our local paper ran an article on a local program, I called barn owner she came out to see him, liked him and he ended up in new home with lots of kids to pet and pay attention to him in his older days. I still cried when he left but I knew it was better for both of us at the time. The best part would come a couple of years later when a new coworker talked about her young son riding in this program at that barn and she recognized his name :) and said what a difference the program made in her son.
    So, yes he was donated. They bought his saddle but I also sent his blanket and apple flavored happy mouth bit with him. He was loved, not just thrown out.
         

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