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 it...it 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 pony...like 14hh?
I want to do good.
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!!
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.
Take a look through all the horses at Saddlebred Rescue. (www.saddlebredrescue.com)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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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