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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.