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post #1 of 7 Old 09-12-2008, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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PMU rescue ranches

Hello. I want to one day have my own rescue ranch for PMU horses and I would do: rescue, adoption, training, education, advocacy, etc. I was telling my father this the other day and he wanted to know if that would be something that was necessary my whole if eventually pmu horses wouldn't need to be rescued anymore and the industry would be stopped. I said I hoped so, but I didn't know really. I was wondering on this as well as any other advice anyone has for me. Thank you.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-12-2008, 11:57 AM
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There will always be horses in need of help, regardless of if they are pmu horses or not. My advice would be make sure you have a tight business plan and a steady, self-sufficient income to support it.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-12-2008, 01:53 PM
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I'm planning on rescuing a ton of animals in the near future. Starting with smaller animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, small farm animals, and then working my way up to larger animals like horses and cows.

But that's not all I'm going to be doing. I'm going to be a Vet, so I won't have to pay for vet bills, and it's also a way that I can earn money for all of the rescues. I'm also planning on doing photography and drawing at times, so that will bring in some money.

My biggest amount of advice is this: Don't get more than you can handle, and don't give up!

There have been many problems recently with rescues taking in TOO many animals, and they end up with animals that are worse off than when they came in, even when the people were TRYING to help. and rescuing is a hard, and sometimes heart-breaking process and business. You have to deal with the horses that are just too far gone (either physically or mentally) to save, and you'd have to put them down. You'll have to deal with the ones that took years to get to where you got them, and then having to adopt them out, probably to see very little ever again.

I'm honestly not trying to discourage you. Being a rescue is a great profession. One that we need more of.

Here are my last tips:

1. Don't ever work alone, have at least one hired hand, whether it be a volunteer or paid.
2. Make a GOOD website. Professional, and so on. Which would YOU rather adopt a horse from: Too many bright colors, no real organization, turns me off or More organized, decent and easy to read font, makes me want to find out more
3. Take GOOD and FLATTERING pictures of your horses. Many people just take pictures, without thinking of how someone might view that horse. Either hire a professional photographer, or get yourself a good camera. People want pictures. GOOD pictures.
4. Don't limit yourself to PMU horses. If you see a horse in need... GO FOR IT. Even if you see some other creature, like a donkey, goat, or cow, in need... GO FOR IT. It's not just PMU horses that need help.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-12-2008, 02:41 PM
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I think that it is great that you want to help out. As mentioned you need to ensure that you have steady income and know what your capcity is. There are some "rescues" out there that do more harm then good for the animals.

It would probably help to take a few classes on general animal care, which should cover how to rate an animals health, what different feeds will do, anatomy, etc...basically be educated is what im trying to say.

Also you need to have the ability to say "no" to potential adopters and when to know if an animal just cant be saved. Is there any rescues in your area? Maybe contact one and find out what is totally involved... im not totally sure but im sure there are legal things too, when is it ok to go take a troubled animal...stuff like that.

I wish the best with you!!!!!

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-12-2008, 04:24 PM
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Yes. A horse has to be in a specific condition in order to be siezed, if it's not, the owner has the right to deny siezure of the animal. That's with rescues.

As for PMU foals and mares, you have to pick those up in Canada. You can't just find them anywhere. Now... I don't know where you are located (it's not specified on your Avatar thingie), but sometimes the shipping costs a TON. Even with your own trailer. You have to worry about gas prices (or whatever will be used at that time), you have to use large stock trailers or trucks, seeing as PMU horses will NOT willingly go into anything small, especially the foals. They've NEVER been in anything small. They've been wild from the day they were born, out in a field.

It costs money. Don't start ANY rescue until you have AT LEAST several thousand in an emergency fund, as well as several more thousand for normal funding. You need a vet, farrier, and trainers lined up. Unless you get a doctorates in Veterinary Medicine, and become a farrier and a trainer all at the same time... you have no choice. I'm getting a doctorates in Vet Med, but there's no way I can get a license as a farrier or a trainer, so I'll have to either hire someone, or marry someone who is... :P

But Angel has a good point. If you find that you can't so "no" to a pleading little girl that wants the horse bad, but you know that she won't have the best home, then maybe rescue isn't for you. You have to have that capability. Thankfully... for me... when I know that an animal isn't right for someone, I'll yell "no" in their face until they listen... :P

Good luck. I'd love to hear how this all turns out. Maybe we could have "Horseforum Rescue Reunion" where everyone who was on here who has a rescue (for horses, dogs, cats, farm animals, etc) can get together and tell stories. *sigh*
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-12-2008, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your suggestions everyone. That's true about not just having a rescue for PMU horses. I've been volunteering at a horse rescue for 3 years now and am still going so thats good experience. also I live in canada so I have really close access to pmu horses (its where I adopted my pmu horse from).

so really good points, especially on having a lot of money put away and a steady income first. I still have to figure out that part
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-12-2008, 09:33 PM
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It is possible to set up a business. Not that many people know about PMU foals, alone that many are papered and pure bred animals. These horses are usable in both serious competition AND leisure activities. The key is education and public relation.

Two years ago I bought 2 PMU foals for dirt cheap. Two Beautiful studs, both registered. I had them brought over, I halter broke them and sacked them and sold them within a month of buying them. Good money.

You need to find the right farms to get them from and know what it is you are looking for. Once you have found a good, trustworthy location, you can start making layouts of costs and expenses of carrying out your plan.

I can see a good business in it. Good for the horse owners, excellent for the foals as they dont end up in slaughter.

Good Luck!

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