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Cheval 01-30-2008 11:25 PM

My new idea...
Alright, I watched a few youtube videos, and then I really got a feeling that I needed to rescue a horse. Sad, right? From a few youtube videos.
Anyway, this is what I'm thinking...
- I would get a horse that is fairly skinny, needs feet done, etc.
- However the horse/pony would have some training on just wouldn't be very, very green.
- Cheap, though...

I don't know...I just really want to help a horse, rather than getting a horse that has had have a great life.
I'm thinking more of a 14hh?

I want to do good.

derbyhillsranch 01-30-2008 11:33 PM

Rescue horses can be more work than you might think. If your very experienced with diets and health management, you'd stand a better chance. If you do, good luck!!

tim 01-30-2008 11:34 PM

Yea, I used to volunteer time at a local rescue shelter for NHS community service. It was really rewarding to see them grow and watch them get their feet back. It could be one of the closest bonds you ever make with a horse.

Just be prepared for some unexpected and very expensive vet bills.
And I don't know if it's possible to find any rescue cases with much training.

LadyDreamer 01-31-2008 12:01 AM

Take a look through all the horses at Saddlebred Rescue. (

There are some absolute GEMS there as well as some "Needs Work" horses.

Each horse is evaluated, and cared for, and they will never lie about one of thier angels. Most are broke to ride, and many to drive. For details about each horse, look through the discussion forums at each of the horses' topics.

There are currently over thirty Saddlebreds available for adoption as well as several standardbreds, drafts and other breeds. The Directors of Saddlebred rescue are not biased in thier decisions of who to rescue. If they need help regardless of breed, SBR will do everything in thier power to help.

Take a look at Burby. Someone actually put him on the SBR trailer when no one is around. He has the kindest eye.

I commend you for looking into adoption. But just like buying you have to be careful where you go. I stand by SBR wholeheartedly for thier commitment to the horses that represent them.

JustDressageIt 01-31-2008 12:21 AM

What about volunteering at a local rescue to see what it's like first? Good on you for wanting to do this, but as said before, it is a very big step... maybe you could test the waters before "jumping in"?
Another thing: you could phone to local rescues to see where you could help, or where you could go to rescue a horse. Meat auctions are a good place to start, however you're NEVER guaranteed a sound horse.

HorsesAreForever 01-31-2008 07:09 AM

its a good idea that ur resueing a horse but i did and he was really skinny was abused and at first he was gaining wait really good then after he lost it dramaticly and we had the vet come in and we found out he has 2 huge masses in his hind and some other things. u have to have a load of money. and hes not mine any more cause he was 2 sick and pretty unridable so i gave him to the barn owner shes gona take care of him and ill still see him and now buying a 5 yr old morgan but it just shows that even tho ur horse is making great progress dong be 2 suprised if they start going down hill pretty quick. and the horse i resued was one amazing horse for all that 2 happen 2 him :( just dont get 2 attached like i did 2 quick u might end up with a broken heart

its still a good thing 2 do cause i think all horses deserve 2 get saved!

Cheval 01-31-2008 01:20 PM

JustDressageIt -- Yeah, I realese that it would take a lot of work. I'm definatly going to talk to my trainer about it, if she says yes of course I'd have a ton of help from her.

I'm definatly going to look into horse rescue centers in my area, I know a few are busy and would enjoy help since there are (unfortunatly) horses that are being left due to the expensives.

upnover 01-31-2008 03:17 PM

I think it's awesome that you're willing to do this! If I were you though I'd definately look into working with an organization. I used to volunteer with a rescue and I bet any of them out there would love to have you!! There is SO MUCH work to be done. The ones that are established in the community probably have a lot of resources (donations, grants, materials, vets and trainers who are experienced in this kind of thing, etc) that will be difficult for you to find alone. It honestly would probably be more effective for you to work with them. You'd be able to reach more horses this way and significantly cheaper for you! A lot of the severe neglect cases not only are a lot of work and come with high vet bills, but don't have futures as riding horses. You'd be responsible for finding a home for a lawn ornament if something happened where you couldn't care for it anymore. And that is hard to do! If you're really wanting to take on something and bring it home, several rescues look for "foster homes" just like with dogs and cats. -temporary homes that will care for and train them until they find someone to adopt them. You should look into it!

Cheval 01-31-2008 04:01 PM


Originally Posted by upnover
A lot of the severe neglect cases not only are a lot of work and come with high vet bills, but don't have futures as riding horses.

Yeah, I'm thinking more of a horse where it needs its feet trimed, a bit skinny and just needs some TLC. Not something that is totally screwed up. As much as I'd love to help a horse that has a ton of medical problems, I don't think my family could afford $10,000 in vet bills.

I think if I can get a cheap, neglected horse (not horrible, but as I said above), I could keep the rest of the money (I have 5,000 to spend, but I'm sure I could go a bit over) to save up towards medical bills.

(Edit) Here is an Articale from my local newspaper.
Note - I took out where I live, and insterted it with ____.
A Tough Time For Horses

Bob Garcia, ___ veteran animal control officer, said he’s seen this trend before: When tough economic times hit, horses are neglected.

“It just costs a lot of money now to feed a horse . . . We saw more horses abandoned last year than in the year prior to that. It seems like there’s a trend in that direction, which is concerning everyone.”

There were 18,000 horses in ___ in 2005 according to the most recent survey of the population conducted by ___ University. That was up from 14,000 horses in 1998.

Grant Miller, a veterinarian contracted to provide medical services to horses seized by the county, said in 2006 there were only three abuse cases requiring horses to be taken from properties. That number jumped to 30 in 2007. And 2008 opened with two more cases, which head to court this week.

Garcia said the last time he saw a spike in neglect and abandonment cases was during the mid-1990s when the county seized close to 50 horses during a period of only a few years.

In November, two ___ men, Monico Monarrez Mijarez, 40, and Jose Valencia Galvez, 49, were arrested on felony animal cruelty charges after two horses, a skinny Arabian and a 9-year-old thoroughbred, were seized during a raid on a Stony Point Road property.

Mijarez also was charged with misdemeanor animal abandonment for allegedly tying an aged black gelding to a barbed wire fence in southwest ___ last summer. The horse, which endured 100-degree weather without food and water, was so emaciated it had to be destroyed.

Mijarez and Galvez are scheduled to be in ___ Superior Court today and Wednesday to answer to the charges.

It is unclear whether the cost of keeping horses had anything to do with the alleged failure of Mijarez and Galvez to care for the horses. But local officials said the cost of grain, boarding and other expenses puts horses at risk.

“The same money that buys a Porsche or yacht buys a horse — it’s discretionary money,” said Miller. “But horses still require care, whether you have money in the bank or not.”

Horse lovers involved in the rescue of ailing animals said the problem is revealed in the number of horses they are called on to help.

“When I first started eight years ago, I was maxed out at maybe seven horses,” said ___ resident Betsy Bueno, who runs [insert Rescue-center name here]. “A few years down the road, I averaged around nine or 10, and now I’m over 15, and I have to turn horses away.”

Miller and Bueno also point to the elimination of horse slaughter facilities in the United States as a cause of more abuse. It eliminates one avenue for dealing with an unwanted horse that now may be abandoned and left to suffer.

It’s a position animal rights advocates reject.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated 9 million horses in the United States, said Nancy Perry, the Humane Society’s vice president of government affairs. The number of horses slaughtered in U.S. plants totaled 141,949 in 2006.

That number dropped to 109,692 in 2007.

Last year, the Humane Society won several court battles that forced the closure of the country’s last three horse slaughter facilities — two in Texas and one in Illinois.

But Perry said there’s no evidence that the elimination of horse slaughter in the United States has led to an increase in the number of horses being neglected or abandoned.

Capt. Cindy Machado, animal services director for the ___ , said that caring for a horse properly is an expensive undertaking.

“Even 10 years ago, if we impounded groups of horses on a cruelty case, we would have people lined up to adopt them,” said Machado. Now the cost makes it more difficult.

jazzyrider 01-31-2008 05:18 PM

i think its very admirable that you want to do this. as you can see from my thread about my babies, i am a fan of buying horses that need someone to buy them rather than spending thousands of dollars on a ready to go horse. if you choose well you can get some great horses. i ended up with a lovely warmblood and a sweet as pie tb and not forgetting my sweet old stb.

but as others have said, there is a lot to think of when rescuing. the money involved in feeding them up can be huge and they need just about everything most of the time. you could also have mental issues to deal with. my wb was awful when we got him. he had had to fend for himself for so long that he little if no respect for humans. biting, kicking, lunging at us, ears back all the time and afraid of everything. most of this has passed now but it was a hard slog for a while.

once you get past all that you have riding to contend with and possible ongoing issues from the neglect.

but i dont want to discourage you because i wish there were more people out there who would take on just one neglected horse. that would make the amount of horses going to slaughter etc considerably less. just be a little picky about what you chose. there are many horses that need rescuing that will be stunners when looked after but then there are many that are beyond saving. this sounds harsh but its sadly true.

i wish you the best and keep us updated with what you decide :)

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