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    10-11-2009, 04:57 PM
  #1
Foal
Adoption or Rescue? Opinions!

Hello everyone, I'm thinking about adopting a horse. I've had some family issues and my mom is claiming that Pyro(some of you may remember him) is her horse. I've paid half of the board on him for the last 7 months and my dad paid $350(out of $700) to buy him. I've worked and trained him since January and he's almost at beginer novice in eventing, but I don't want to train a horse that isn't mine. I love him like a son, but I just don't want to up his selling value if I'm not going to have a say in anything. Sorry for the rant ;)
Anyways, I was looking at a few adoption sites for OTTB's and the adoption fee's are fairly resonably(I think the most I saw was only $800) But I also live in Oklahoma, so those places are out of state and the trailering fee would cost more than the horse. Should I consider adopting or going to the auction and get an OTTB there(we live near Remmington Park so there are a lot at the auctions here)? I know that it's an unpredictable buy, but you can always just take them back, right? I need some opinions! We don't have a ton of money to be buying a nice show horse, so a project horse is all I need.

Thanks in advance!
     
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    10-11-2009, 06:03 PM
  #2
Weanling
Typically auction horses are sold as is, I've seen some fairly decent horses come out of the Jones sales. I've personally never been there but have friends that go quite often. You can also check with Blazes Equine Rescue in Jones or Horse Feathers in Guthrie I believe there is another one in Stillwater/Perkins area don't remember the name though.
     
    10-13-2009, 03:58 PM
  #3
Showing
No rescue

I did a rescue once, I never will do it again.

Getting a retired OTTB is the way to go I think (between the 2 options you have). They need some time to just sit and be a horse in pasture for a while to chillax for a little while, but you know where they have been, what they've done and you know what to expect.
There are some absolutely gorgeous thoroughbreds that come off the track with no injuries. Horses that just didn't have the heart to race, or just didn't do well. I would consider one from the track.

As for rescues? You can never trust the info you're given and those can't always be brought back. I had an absolutely horrandous experience after I bought a horse from a rescue(not saying everyone else will, I just had bad luck). I trusted what I was given for info and it turned out the animal was totally different than what I was told. Could have gotten seriously injured.

I would suggest a thoroughbred adoption centre.
     
    10-13-2009, 04:29 PM
  #4
Yearling
Here in the NE we have an organization called Re-Run that does a ton of OTTB adoptions. They have a fantastic reputation. If you find an OTTB from a rescue group, look for one that specializes in OTTBs and make sure they are reputible. I've come across a few rescues that simply buy horses at the auction and "adopt" them out for a higher fee.
     
    10-13-2009, 05:35 PM
  #5
dee
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I've bought and sold horses at the Meeker livestock auction - it's the first Sunday of each month. Jones is okay - but I went at the wrong time of year, I guess, there wasn't much to choose from. I honestly don't know where the "Remmington Rejects" would be sold. I wouldn't mind looking some of them over. My husband had an "off track" quarter horse that he got as a two year old. A full brother to Ima Jet out of Easy Jet. We got him for next to nothing, but that was 25 years ago or better. If you find out where the TB's are sold, let me know. I wonder what the do with the quarter horses nowadays...
     
    10-13-2009, 07:23 PM
  #6
Trained
Keep in mind that if you get a horse from a rescue you do not own it. If you put all that training in to the horse and then need or want to sell you can not most of the time. You have to give it back. That is one of the big reasons I will never get a horse from a rescue. SO make sure if you go that way you read the fine print.
     
    10-14-2009, 12:34 AM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
Keep in mind that if you get a horse from a rescue you do not own it. If you put all that training in to the horse and then need or want to sell you can not most of the time. You have to give it back. That is one of the big reasons I will never get a horse from a rescue. SO make sure if you go that way you read the fine print.
Where did you hear this? Have you ever actually owned a rescue horse? In the contracts of most rescues say something along the lines of "I realize I will be responsible for the health and well being of this horse, and if I can not fulfill these obligations I will return the horse to [blank rescue] or find a home that will care for the horse properly." (Of course, I made that up, but I could find actual examples of what I'm taking about if need be.)

Whether you should go for an auction or a adoption really depends on two things: Your level of experience, and your budget. If you really know horses, then I think you could be pretty safe picking an auction horse, and in general, they will be cheaper straight from the auction. Horses from adoption centers tend to be a little more expensive (due to the cost of keeping the horse at the rescue facility), but most places are committed to helping you find the right horse, and if it doesn't work out, you could take it back - and you certainly couldn't get that sort of deal at an auction house.

Either way, I think your doing a great thing in trying to rescue or adopt a horse. I'm glad to see there are still some people out there willing to give a horse a second chance. ^_^
     
    10-14-2009, 12:38 AM
  #8
Weanling
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I've come across a few rescues that simply buy horses at the auction and "adopt" them out for a higher fee.
A lot of rescues do this. Mainly because most of the horses that are shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter come from auctions - so, needless to say, in order to do their job of rescuing horses, they buy them from there. The higher price is to account for both the cost of keeping the horse, and for the fact that most rescues are not well funded, and in order to keep running (and rescuing), they have to price the horses a little higher than what they paid.
     
    10-14-2009, 08:06 AM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Clementine    
A lot of rescues do this. Mainly because most of the horses that are shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter come from auctions - so, needless to say, in order to do their job of rescuing horses, they buy them from there. The higher price is to account for both the cost of keeping the horse, and for the fact that most rescues are not well funded, and in order to keep running (and rescuing), they have to price the horses a little higher than what they paid.
Not always the case. There are two rescue groups in my area that do exactly what you are talking about. They go to auctions to find horses that truly need to be saved and can be rehabilitated. Other groups that I am referring to, pull any horse that "looks" good enough to raise a profit from. They do not recieve any vet care while in rescue, no training, and are merely adopted out for a profit. While in essence, these groups are doing the same thing, the motives and work put into the horses are very different.

Clementine, groups in your area may be different, but every rescue group in PA and NJ has stipulations in their adoption agreements that are very specific. The horse may NEVER be given away or sold to anyone. If you are unable to keep the horse, it must be returned to the rescue group, no exceptions. The horse remains the property of the rescue, the adoptee is simply taking posession (not ownership) and agrees to be responsible for the care and well-being of the horse. I can certainly understand why groups want to control the future home of the horse, but it is definitely something to keep in mind when deciding to adopt.
     
    10-14-2009, 11:22 AM
  #10
Weanling
I would go look at an auction. Just make sure you get there early, try and talk to the owner, get into the pen, watch them move. Some places have soundness guarantees. I know Billings has a 42? Hour one. I have gotten plenty of good horses from auctions just make sure you can look them over.
Good luck!
     

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