The difference between RESCUING and HOARDING
I see it all the time! People who get these free or cheap horses that are skinny and half-dead, but they don't have the proper finances, facilities, nor experience to rehabilitate them and retrain them. I guess what motivates them is thinking that in the future, they will have given the horse a better life as well as make a nice profit off of this cheap/free horse.
Well, lemme tell you somethin' bout that ...
If you are rescuing a horse, and you properly give it the care it needs, you will be lucky to get your money BACK, let alone make a profit. You'll have vet bills, smithy bills, all the feed, the supplements, the daily care, the blood sweat n tears put into training ... if you go into it thinking, "I'm doing this for the money," then you will be very disappointed.
I know a place that brings in a new horse almost every week. They never quarantine it from the others, they don't care about bringing a vet out to check its condition, they don't bother bringing out the smithy, and the horse will get the same feed as everyone else (which, for some amount of time, was cowfeed). The barn is a 17 stall barn, and they have on average 30 horses there at a time (they keep the rest in the riding arena, which has no shelter). As soon as they get a new horse, some brave soul rides it to see what it can do. Then they put it on craigslist for twice what they got it for, advertising it as a "barrel prospect" or "dead broke" horse.
Think that's bad? They're also a public riding stable. Which means all these little rescues are getting taken out on trails by paid customers for one to two hours at a time, six or so times a day. And yes, I have called the humane society several times, but you know what they say? "Well, they told us they were all rescues." -_-
The point is... If you are interested in rescuing a horse and later rehoming it, please stay smart. Understand that it takes time and money, and you may not always get that money back. Never take on more than you can handle. It's about the horse being better off than it was, not the money! Some horses have to be purchased to be 'rescued'. Not all rescues are skinny and emaciated, either. I just want to point out that I know that, lol.
Sorry for the rant! I feel better, LOL.
Last edited by TeeBee; 09-25-2010 at 07:13 PM.