My question is this, do you think it is poor ethics for me to offer the horses at one price and add the boarding/training fee if the horse has not been placed by the time training is complete?
It's not poor ethics. It's business. It's really no different than any owner who has a horse that's unbroke and might sell the horse for $500 but the horse doesn't sell....so the owner puts in more money and time into the horse (training) and the horse is now well broke and worth $1,000 or $1,500 or if the horse gets even more training, like let's say in a discipline...and turns out to be pretty **** good at it.... the price just goes up a bit more....
I commend you for doing what you do. I think that's awesome. I know of several people who have rescues.
One in particular, takes in horses at $600 each from the feedlot and hands em over to trainer friends and the horses get rodeo training (those who are "meant" for it)....in barrels, or cow work or....and trails and ....so on...and so, the price goes up.
She's gotten some really cool horses from the feedlot that had dressage training, were perfect trail horses, were finished cow horses, but who got dumped by their owners at the auction because of money situation or some other reason (nothing wrong with the horses)......for example, there was a sorrel that she got that turns out, ended up at the auction because he belonged to a teenage boy who's mother got pissed off at him and took his horse to auction just because of that.
The horse went to a trainer friend who found out that the horse was a really great find...the horse was fully trained to work cattle and roping! So, his price went up when it was discovered that he was fully trained. All the money goes right back to rescuing more horses.
You might want to get a website and post about the horses you've got, post some videos through Youtube.com.