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    01-24-2011, 09:00 PM
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Question training rescue horses

For a very long time I have been having this dream to one day, when I am older (like when my kids are grown up), I would work part time instead of full and then start a mini rescue. Like rescue 2 horses at a time, fatten them up, make them gorgeous once again, train them, and then sell them for a small, but fair price (nothing to make a profit on, but just enough to have covered most expenses), and then with time I would move on to retire and maybe ( if I was capable of handling it and enjoyed it enough) would move on to open a smaall rescue. (lol frm mini to small :P)

But I have a few Questions. I know you need a steady cash flow when you run a rescue, but how do you ensure that? Besides solely depending on your own income? What do rescues do besides collect donations? Do they fund raise or something?

Also what are problems a small rescue could encounter? Any info or stories about rescues would be cool too. :) ALSO, by then I will have had much more experience but please share rescue training stories or any random tips you can give to help make training a troubled horse easier.

I know it's a long way ahead and things could change and all, but I am hoping my dream might one day come partially true. :)

Thanks!
     
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    01-24-2011, 10:42 PM
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I encourage you to pm me so we can talk in full more than I can post here.
There is a great rescue in my area called Falcon Ridge, you can look it up and get more info. They do hold fundraisers, in addition to the personal jobs outside the rescue that the owners have. There are obviously donations by people as well as sponsoring of a horse or horses, in which a person pays for the cost of one of the horses each month, until the horse is adopted out, or will pay for a chunk of say an emergency surgery for a horse, which helps alleviate the costs for you as the rescue owner. This particular rescue has also had some people donate horses to be sold not as rescues, but as good horses for a decent price that will help bring in some money. They also have volunteers that come out (they are a large rescue) and muck stalls, help work some of the horses, make sure that they all get out and get attention of some sort. Some of the problems are making sure that the horses do actually go to qualified homes, unfortunately even very well run and extremely picky rescues can end up adopting out a horse to an unsuitable home, case in point being a horse that had come into Falcon Ridge (don't have the whole story, just bits and pieces), that apparently had dropped fetlocks among other things, they thought they found a great home for him, screened the owners and everything, the horse went to the new home, and a while later it ended up at the Human Society, not entirely sure what the whole story is again, but Falcon Ridge was able to identify the horse positively in part to his dropped fetlocks, and they went and got him out of the shelter and took him back to the rescue. Also sometimes having to make the hard decision to euthanize a horse, is definitely something to think about. If you can handle it, great, but you really have to think hard about making sure that when that time comes, you can make that decision for the better of the horse, no matter what else is going on. As for training, one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you, is make sure you have a couple other horses that you can have turned out together, either just for play time, or permanently in a pasture type situation, so they get the herd feeling, and other horses to watch, and get those manners from. And don't treat the horse like he's been abused. Expect him to do the same things as any other horse that was not abused, even though it may take longer to get the end result depending on what was done. I've heard of a couple people trying to make exceptions for their "abused, neglected" rescue horse, so they won't do a, b, or c, when the only reason the horse isn't doing it is because the owner isn't asking. Again, you should pm me, and we can have an even more in depth discussion, and I can explain things more fully, because I'm sure that some things didn't come out quite like I was thinking in my head.
     
    01-24-2011, 10:58 PM
  #3
Weanling
That sounds amazing!! Great goal! Im not sure what the deal is in canada ( I see you are from there) but here in the states it is vital to have your organization classified as a 501 C3 so it is tax exempt and thus more donations will come in. I would try to investigate Canadian tax laws to see how they can help you to your advantage.
     
    01-25-2011, 02:20 AM
  #4
Weanling
I know that most rescue places are more labors of love than profitable, and most owners lose money instead of make money. I've seen several around my area that ended up closing because of lack of funds. One problem is that most people who run rescues really care, so how can you turn down horses that are obviously in need of your help? You start thinking you can take on just one more, and then your budget gets stretched to the limit, and then one of the horses needs expensive surgery at a time of year when people are not donating, etc. Unfortunately, donations are not something you can rely on. And when people know you are a rescue they will start calling you about really bad cases.
That being said, I hope you will be able to have your rescue and even if you can just save one or two, that is wonderful.
I have rescued one horse myself and helped rescue one other horse and two minis. I could not run a rescue place because I fell in love with the horse I rescued and feel that no one could possibly take care of her as well as I can. I feel I have to make sure she never suffers again.
As for training, I just assume a rescue horse has no training and start from scratch. I agree that it is very important that you treat them like a regular horse, not an abused one. But you also need to have understanding that they might not have been exposed to anything other horses have been exposed to all their lives, and be very patient if it takes awhile for them to trust you or their new situation.
Let us know on here when you do start your rescue and maybe some of us can donate.
     
    01-25-2011, 07:11 PM
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Haha that would be great Gottarot! But unfortunately you might have to wait like... 25 years? Probably even more, I'm only 16 now but this is one dream I can feel is the kind that won't go away and will stay in my gut forever.

Though (well one never knows) but I would probably just start with one horse, sell him, see how it goes, then maybe take a few more. And maybe only if I really got into it I would call myself a shelter and all... though I might end up just enjoying keeping it personal and helping a horse or two at a time and keeping it at that. If I am lucky I will get my dream job and funds or donations will be the least of my problems!

I'll definitely pm you dressagebelle. Thanks!
     
    01-25-2011, 07:16 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hidalgo13    
haha that would be great Gottarot! But unfortunately you might have to wait like... 25 years? Probably even more, I'm only 16 now but this is one dream I can feel is the kind that won't go away and will stay in my gut forever.

Though (well one never knows) but I would probably just start with one horse, sell him, see how it goes, then maybe take a few more. And maybe only if I really got into it I would call myself a shelter and all... though I might end up just enjoying keeping it personal and helping a horse or two at a time and keeping it at that. If I am lucky I will get my dream job and funds or donations will be the least of my problems!

I'll definitely pm you dressagebelle. Thanks!
Sounds awesome! My trainer always rescues ottbs and gives them a new career. I would be interested to see if you can actually let that first one go! That would be my problem!!
     
    01-25-2011, 09:01 PM
  #7
Weanling
I haven't read the replies yet, but I just wanted to add that this has always been my dream too! I would like to someday open my own rescue where I would rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome rescue horses. I just find that helping equines in need is so rewarding and connecting with and helping needy horses is what I love. It is nice to hear that there are others with similar values- all too often I feel that many people just take for granted all that their horses give to them when they let them get on their backs.
     
    03-20-2011, 03:30 PM
  #8
Foal
Thats a great dream, and a wonderful thing to do for horses. 200 a day go to one meat plant in canada. Hope you have a lot of patience and time. Reselling them? Doubtful. Bad economy. But you could save a few and keep as your own.
     
    03-20-2011, 03:41 PM
  #9
Foal
Another great idea would be to foster for a rescue...you would be able to directly help the horses you get to foster and indirectly help other horses that the rescue could take in because they would have the extra space..it's a win-win!
     
    03-20-2011, 08:58 PM
  #10
Weanling
I have a rescue OTTB now, and I just want you to be prepared for the expenses and the emotional and physical stress it can do!! Especially in the beginning....the second day I had my gelding, he choked and I stayed up with my best friend until 1 in the morning...poor thing was exhausted, not just because of choking but becuase of how sick he already was being so thin....he had drool coming out his mouth and nose, was gasping and all...it was awful! He made it through, but little "suprises" never stop...teeth, aches and pains, worms etc...there is always something to fix and you put SO much into the horse.....I could never imagine getting rid of my boy after all the work I put into him. And again, the expenses are crazy....It is a wonderful, amazing thing to do if you can handle it, and I will say that after I get Texas on his feet, I will probably get another one...but just brace yourself- the journey is hard but SO worth it!
     

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