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post #11 of 13 Old 07-11-2014, 02:56 PM
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I've done both, and am happy with both decisions.

I think the determining factor is your goal with the horse.

I was looking for a pleasure mount and ok with knowing I'd be a forever home even if my mare became unfit for riding.
I did sign stating that if I can't keep the mare, for whatever reason, I MUST return her to the rescue. But, it also stated that if I can't keep her I can find a different adopter (approved by the rescue first of course).

Had I been looking for a prospect to use to move up and then move on, or I didn't foresee wanting to keep her if I couldn't ride her, I would have purchased rather than adopt.
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-14-2014, 12:27 PM
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Adding on to the New Vocations suggestion.
New Vocations has a farm in Lexington that I think is wonderful. They hold tons of fundraisers and shows, and many times the horses they adopt out are registered with TJC:TIP (The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program), which basically means there are certain shows where you can enter classes sponsered by TJC:TIP, and actually be paid a small amount just for showing your Thoroughbred!

I personally like New Vocations as well, but I've never actually adopted from them.

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post #13 of 13 Old 07-14-2014, 01:14 PM
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When I was horse shopping I found the rescue prices to be the same as buying a horse outright. I bought since there were no strings and no paperwork. I'd like to keep my horses forever but if something doesn't work out I want the right to sell. To me the rescue contract would be more palatable if ownership transferred after a reasonable period of time.
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