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ThinkingOfRiding 05-04-2010 10:09 PM

Rescue Horse Or ....
What would you do? I want to get a rescue soon, or I want to save up my money from working and get a regular horse the beginning of next year.
Note; I'm only 14 so I will only be getting like 200-300+ bucks a month.

So yeah, what would you do? Save money, or save a life?

Brighteyes 05-04-2010 10:28 PM

It depends. Does this horse need a home urgently? Can you really handle a rescue horse? (I don't know if he has training issues or anything to work out.) What will you use this horse for? You have the balance it out; I'd rather buy a nice horse that I can use for my discipline of choice than be stuff with a rescue I can't really do anything with. But, if the rescue is suited for you in every way (like as if you were buying a horse), than go for it.

I prefer not to draw the line at money, but look at the rest of the horse's life with you.

ThinkingOfRiding 05-04-2010 11:04 PM

I love working with horses, i really do. I want to get a rescue, i've gotten so many people urging me on. But the people i'm closer to say it's not such a good idea because they've had bad experiences with them.
I think I'm going to try to find a rescue, but i honestly don't know

justsambam08 05-04-2010 11:47 PM

Rescue horses, although cheap buys, are not cheap to keep. Think of it this way:

-A skinny horse will need more food,additional supplements, etc than a fit one....more $$.

-A skinny horse will also more than likely need additional vet care....more $$.

-An abused horse will most likely need intense training before you could think of riding it on your own, and even then I would say still in the presence of a trainer...LOTS of $$

-Rescue horses in general often have issues with trust, food aggression, stall aggression and aggression towards other horses that take time to work through, and may never disappear.

-Rescue horses often come with contracts that need to be signed stating that for any reason, if your standard of care is not up to THEIR standard of care for the horse, they can repossess it. Period.

sarahver 05-04-2010 11:53 PM

Careful too, because from my understanding, you have to guarantee a permanent home for a rescue horse, this might be a bit hard while you are still young!

I think you should be able to find a fantastic all rounder-type horse for less than $1000 and it may be well worth the money spent!

yukontanya 05-05-2010 12:32 AM

Rescue.. My first horses at just around your age were 2yr old standard breeds.. a mare and a gelding.. The best horses I have every been on and broke. Rescue if you want to spend time, and not just jump on and ride, i think having a horse is about more then just riding, and if you have the heart and time then do it. Green on green can work out if you both take it slow, and pick out a sweet horse. A horse with a big heart will work harder for you then a horse who is high strung.

Gidji 05-05-2010 01:04 AM

My first question is how much experience do you have with horses?

Taking on a rescue horse is vastly different to a normal horse. Rescue horses come from bad situations, and often some of their problems aren't curable. I feel that sometimes people take on rescues as a pity case, but are often left with a horse they can't handle and the horse gets worse.

At your age, its quite a big decision to have a rescue horse and I can tell you by the time you hit 16 school will come down on you hard. You'll be so caught up in work, your social life etc that you won't have much time to spend with your horse.

ThinkingOfRiding 05-05-2010 04:07 PM

i've been around horses for 4 years. english lessons,western riding, jumping, english riding. & if i get one the barn owner is going to help me

ChloeButler09 05-05-2010 04:18 PM

depends on wether you want a horse to work with for a while,and let them trust you,if they have issues,or you just want a horse you can jump on straight away and ride and have fun!:) xxx

Speed Racer 05-05-2010 04:23 PM

I've been around horses for 32 years, and I'd be hard pressed to take on a rescue for the reasons already stated.

You're 14 y/o and don't yet have a lot of horse experience, nor do you have your own place to keep one. Those two factors right there should discourage you from considering a rescue.

Your first horse should be fun, not an animal with a boatload of physical and/or mental issues that you'll have to work through and around.

Just remember this, if you take on a rescue and the animal turns out to be aggressive or chronically ill, you'll only end up returning it to the rescue facility. You'll have accomplished nothing except wasting time and money that could be spent on a more compatible animal.

I say go with a horse you can enjoy as soon as you bring it home.

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