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    03-14-2010, 01:09 AM
Green Broke
I rescued my horse...*rolls eyes*

It seems like almost every little girl I come in contact with lately thinks or at least says that their horse was rescued. Like every horse comes from such a terrible place.
I personally think it is their way of saying that they do not agree with how the horse was treated before and that the horse is much hapier with them trotting through the daisies or just them trying to make themselves seem awesome or cool or something. Or they say that the horse was untrained or poorly trained or abused before they got and now it is all better and perfect all because of them.

So what is up with the new "rescue" fad?

Is it really that cool to say that you "rescued" your horse?

What do you consider actually "rescuing" a horse

Why is it so popular to believe that your horse was abused by its previous owner just because it is head shy or tosses its head or is jerky and does not trust people or just plain has behavioral issues?

I had a horse I considered an actual "rescue", it was my first horse and she was owned my a livestock broker who kept her in a shed in his back yard. She had a BS of 2 and was anemic and I actually witnessed him abusing her by bashing her in the head with a chink of 2x4 when she bit him while he cornered her in the shed, then running her around the barbed wire pasture until she slipped and flipped and refused to move any more all so he could halter her... So I bought her at rock bottom price that day and loaded her up and brought her home and then had to go through the stress and costs of vet bills and evident emotional trauma.

BUT I have bought a few horses from the auction and they were in horrendous shape, but they were not "rescued" they were not in any immedate danger even if kept in bad conditions and run through the auction a few times, they were just bought....
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    03-14-2010, 01:37 AM
I've noticed this too... I, too, have one that was a REAL rescue. He was a former barrel racer, and when he burned out, he got removed for "retraining". *rolls eyes* A 2x4 and a lash is not retraining. I witnessed almost the exact same thing as you. Most auction horses these days are like automatically "rescued". It kind of bothers me, because there are actual horses that are/were/need to be rescues, and people are making it seem like every horse is a rescue.

I consider rescuing a horse to be removing it from a situation where it is not getting food or water, being beaten, or living under circumstances where physcological issues are being formed.
    03-14-2010, 01:37 AM
I have had horses who were abused/roughly treated in the past, but I don't think i've 'rescued' a horse. I see rescue as taking a horse from a life threatening situation, not just bad training or bad care.

I also hate when people ask for critique and put a 'disclaimer' that the horse was abused. So? Does it get off the hool from having basic manners because of it? I don't think so!
    03-14-2010, 01:43 AM
Green Broke
Love the post wild_spot! Really agree.
    03-14-2010, 01:48 AM
Hmm I see where you are coming from. I consider Junior to be a rescue horse. My friend, the one who owns him, rescued him in my opinion when she first got him because he was standing in a stall with two feet of his own feces, he had zero hoof wall, his coat was four inches long of matted hair, his mane and tail were knotted, he had a piece of metal in his eye that caused him to go partially blind, he was head shy and just plain shy and he was 300 pounds underweight. In my eyes that is a rescue.
    03-14-2010, 01:48 AM
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I think it's just one of those things where the person/"rescuer" feels better about themselves/more legit in their work with their horse/they feel like they're making a difference when they say their non-rescue is a rescue.
Also, I think "rescue" means different things to different people. To me, and it sound like to you, it means saving a horse from immediate physical/emotional harm. To others, it means saving a horse any sort of harm, whether that's harm that's happening now or harm that may or may not happen in 6 months.
Sometimes I say I "rescued" Lacey, other times I say I "got" her. Most of the time I just say I "got" her but then I share about how she was a week away from being put down and how her previous owners emotionally mistreated her. Sometimes though, I don't want to say that whole story but I don't want people to think that she's just a perfect little princess that I trot through daisies 24/7 so I say I "rescued" her.
At least in my area, with the people I meet, they seem to think (if I just say I own a horse) that I'm some sort of spoiled rich kid, which really couldn't be further from the truth, so if I imply that Lacey has issues by using the code word "rescue," they seem to give more respect to me as a horse person. Which is kinda selfish but effective. Haha

And I would like to point out, in response to your statement that "Or they say that the horse was untrained or poorly trained or abused before they got and now it is all better and perfect all because of them," that that's not always necessarily a non-truth. I agree that some people are completely too liberal with their definitions of "issues" or whatever and use them to describe every horse that's not dead. However, it is true for some people. Take my favorite subject, Lacey, as an example, she did have issues: she could not walk under saddle, she reared, she bucked, she spooked at everything, she ran people over while they led her, she was herd bound, basically she had every nasty trait in the book besides biting. And yknow what? After I started working with her, she has become "perfect." Of course, I think that has less to do with my training prowess and more to do with the fact that she needed a leader and that I stepped in quickly and gave her strict rules to follow which was just what she wanted. So she became "perfect" through her belief in me as the leader. I also have no doubt that if I disappeared and she had no leadership again, she would revert right back into those old habits.

Was that what you wanted to know?

Great post wild_spot! "Abused" or "rescued" horses have absolutely no reason to not behave. It might take them a bit longer to be able to have their halter put on without drama if they've been severely beaten in the face or something, for instance, but someone should be working on that with them and not just saying "that's the way they are."

People are dumb. Heehee
    03-14-2010, 01:53 AM
^ Exactly. The best way to deal with an abused horse is to forget they were abused and treat them like any other horse! Just because they are abused, doesn't mean they won't comprehend the usual pressure/release system!
    03-14-2010, 01:57 AM
Green Broke
"rescuing" is the new cool, and it isn't just horses. I hear it all the time in reference to all sorts of animals and 99% of the time the label is completely mis-used.
    03-14-2010, 03:02 AM
I think it's like people that try to prove they are open minded by saying they have a gay/ black/ extraterrestrial friend. It eases the guilt they feel for having a horse that doesn't behave or that isn't well trained. These people can look at their horse and say that if he wasn't with them he would be standing in a dirty stall with his mane all tangled and yucky. Now the horse is still in a stall but someone else cleans it and the little girl goes in and braids his mane and talks mushy to him and has a wonderfull "connection" to him that nobody else can have. I have never rescued a horse. I always pay money for them and I wouldn't buy a horse that I couldn't be sure was going to be sound and able to do what I wanted.
    03-14-2010, 03:39 AM
Have y'all ever noticed that a lot of the people who claim that they have rescued horses are the kind of people that would have no business with a true rescue horse that has all the issues that go along with being abused? I didn't rescue my horse, but he has had an abusive past. I had to hire a professional trainer to help me because he had such severe fear issues...I was afraid he was really going to hurt someone. There is nothing cute or cool about saying your horse is a rescue IMO. If you can barely handle a plug, then it just makes you look stupid to say your horse is a "rescue".

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