Rescue Horse Or .... - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 26 Old 05-04-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 244
• Horses: 0
Rescue Horse Or ....

What would you do? I want to get a rescue soon, or I want to save up my money from working and get a regular horse the beginning of next year.
Note; I'm only 14 so I will only be getting like 200-300+ bucks a month.

So yeah, what would you do? Save money, or save a life?
ThinkingOfRiding is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 26 Old 05-04-2010, 10:28 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 3,246
• Horses: 2
It depends. Does this horse need a home urgently? Can you really handle a rescue horse? (I don't know if he has training issues or anything to work out.) What will you use this horse for? You have the balance it out; I'd rather buy a nice horse that I can use for my discipline of choice than be stuff with a rescue I can't really do anything with. But, if the rescue is suited for you in every way (like as if you were buying a horse), than go for it.

I prefer not to draw the line at money, but look at the rest of the horse's life with you.
Brighteyes is offline  
post #3 of 26 Old 05-04-2010, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 244
• Horses: 0
I love working with horses, i really do. I want to get a rescue, i've gotten so many people urging me on. But the people i'm closer to say it's not such a good idea because they've had bad experiences with them.
I think I'm going to try to find a rescue, but i honestly don't know
ThinkingOfRiding is offline  
post #4 of 26 Old 05-04-2010, 11:47 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Posts: 1,901
• Horses: 1
Rescue horses, although cheap buys, are not cheap to keep. Think of it this way:

-A skinny horse will need more food,additional supplements, etc than a fit one....more $$.

-A skinny horse will also more than likely need additional vet care....more $$.

-An abused horse will most likely need intense training before you could think of riding it on your own, and even then I would say still in the presence of a trainer...LOTS of $$

-Rescue horses in general often have issues with trust, food aggression, stall aggression and aggression towards other horses that take time to work through, and may never disappear.

-Rescue horses often come with contracts that need to be signed stating that for any reason, if your standard of care is not up to THEIR standard of care for the horse, they can repossess it. Period.
justsambam08 is offline  
post #5 of 26 Old 05-04-2010, 11:53 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,580
• Horses: 5
Careful too, because from my understanding, you have to guarantee a permanent home for a rescue horse, this might be a bit hard while you are still young!

I think you should be able to find a fantastic all rounder-type horse for less than $1000 and it may be well worth the money spent!

All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.
sarahver is offline  
post #6 of 26 Old 05-05-2010, 12:32 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Whitehorse, YT
Posts: 169
• Horses: 0
Rescue.. My first horses at just around your age were 2yr old standard breeds.. a mare and a gelding.. The best horses I have every been on and broke. Rescue if you want to spend time, and not just jump on and ride, i think having a horse is about more then just riding, and if you have the heart and time then do it. Green on green can work out if you both take it slow, and pick out a sweet horse. A horse with a big heart will work harder for you then a horse who is high strung.
yukontanya is offline  
post #7 of 26 Old 05-05-2010, 01:04 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,358
• Horses: 1
My first question is how much experience do you have with horses?

Taking on a rescue horse is vastly different to a normal horse. Rescue horses come from bad situations, and often some of their problems aren't curable. I feel that sometimes people take on rescues as a pity case, but are often left with a horse they can't handle and the horse gets worse.

At your age, its quite a big decision to have a rescue horse and I can tell you by the time you hit 16 school will come down on you hard. You'll be so caught up in work, your social life etc that you won't have much time to spend with your horse.
Gidji is offline  
post #8 of 26 Old 05-05-2010, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 244
• Horses: 0
i've been around horses for 4 years. english lessons,western riding, jumping, english riding. & if i get one the barn owner is going to help me
ThinkingOfRiding is offline  
post #9 of 26 Old 05-05-2010, 04:18 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 232
• Horses: 7
depends on wether you want a horse to work with for a while,and let them trust you,if they have issues,or you just want a horse you can jump on straight away and ride and have fun!:) xxx

♥|Minstrel 14.2 coloured gypsy cob | Tyson 12.hh chestnut section A|Bonnie 13.3hh fell pony |♥
ChloeButler09 is offline  
post #10 of 26 Old 05-05-2010, 04:23 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Posts: 16,402
• Horses: 3
I've been around horses for 32 years, and I'd be hard pressed to take on a rescue for the reasons already stated.

You're 14 y/o and don't yet have a lot of horse experience, nor do you have your own place to keep one. Those two factors right there should discourage you from considering a rescue.

Your first horse should be fun, not an animal with a boatload of physical and/or mental issues that you'll have to work through and around.

Just remember this, if you take on a rescue and the animal turns out to be aggressive or chronically ill, you'll only end up returning it to the rescue facility. You'll have accomplished nothing except wasting time and money that could be spent on a more compatible animal.

I say go with a horse you can enjoy as soon as you bring it home.
Speed Racer is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ever After Horse Rescue CJ82Sky Horse Protection 0 03-07-2010 12:48 PM
New rescue horse nldiaz66 Horse Health 15 07-29-2009 09:57 AM
Horse Rescue? veganchick English Riding 6 03-08-2009 09:29 AM
Horse Rescue bumble Horses for Sale 0 02-06-2009 01:34 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome