Originally Posted by Countrygal108
Has anyone here ever adopted a horse from a rescue?? Did you feel that you were doing a good thing or was it just buying another horse?? How much was the rescue horse?? Did you feel the prices were to high??
I tried to once, but the silly boy wouldn't get into the trailer and the bo was very controlling over how it should be done, so we left without the horse and left a few items in donation anyway. Too bad, he was a really nice QH/Belgium cross, blind in one eye -- real sweetie. We already had a name for him
it was a long, sad drive home. She wanted only enough $ to cover his initial price from the auction, shots, basic vet care, and farrier fees. About $500 -- would have been more than fair.
However, every other rescue I had contacted wanted me to sign contracts and I wasn't prepared to do that. Sorry. While I understand their thinking behind the contract is to protect a horse that has already been through some rough times, if I pay out actual dollars, I will not relinquish any kind of responsibility / ownership / future to anyone else.
So, I ended up taking rescues directly from the track. Ends up I feel more responsibility toward the previous owner when I am taking the horse for free than I ever would if I paid for them. I stay in contact with the owner for as long as the horse(s) is(are) with me (as long as they live), or as long as they wish to stay in touch. They are welcome at any time to come and see the horse after the first 4 weeks unless there are health issues.
I don't expect much from a horse at my house, so it's a great place for rescues. I wish I had room, time and money for a hundred of them. Even when I have lost a horse, I remind myself that the last time spent on earth was happy and secure as I scuttle off to prepare to take in a new one.