Your instance has and will be repeated. People usually have good intentions. The problem is that they have a lack of knowledge. They think that they can get a horse really cheap, learn themselves while the horse learns, and get a great bond in the process. What really happens is that it doesn't go as planned. They get frustrated, give up on the horse and leave the horse out in the pasture.
I recognize that good intentions combined with lack of actual knowledge/experience is often the case, but I don't think it applies in this instance. The person who took him in from the kill pen has trained numerous other horses, including successful stallions. I agree though -- this is something that has happened and will continue to happen inevitably, which is why I'm ranting about it. I recognize that there's not much to be done about it, it just irritates the heck out of me.
Originally Posted by Chiilaa
Buying a horse from a kill pen isn't rescuing IMPO. It's buying a horse. Sure, the horse is unhandled, but that is an aside to the situation - it is not up to me and you to decide how someone else should train (or not train) their horse. It's not a rescue case until the horse is being neglected or mistreated, not just treated differently to what you would do.
I understand that definitions of rescue vary widely. In this case, I personally think the stud qualifies as a horse who has been neglected and mistreated beyond
the lack of training:
-- He has never been given any health or hoof care despite the need for this care.
-- He was kept in a field with numerous other studs and they would fight violently. None of their wounds were ever treated and they were left out together despite the fighting. They have the scars head to toe to prove it. One of the studs was hurt so badly after a fight that he was put down.
-- None of the horses in this field had any shelter. I suspect that some of them had skin problems such as rain rot, lice, and the like.
Many people would also love to say that by the nature of the fact that the stud was prevented from going to slaughter, he was rescued. This includes the person who took him from the kill pen. It wasn't until he was in the kill pen that people really went into a frenzy about saving him, even though he needed the rescuing before he was ever in a kill pen. Unfortunately many people seem to think that a quick death is worse than a long miserable life. There is a part of me that thinks he might have been better off being left in the kill pen if all that will happen now is a continued lack of basic care and training.