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post #1 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Adopting from a rescue?

What is your experience? What is the norm and what are some warning signs with rescues?
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Beware hoarders in disguise as a rescue. Do your research and find a reputable rescue with experience to help guide you not only with the adoption process but the rehab afterward. It's one thing to take on a rescue and another to be able to help it both physically and mentally and turn out a productive, healthy horse at the end of it all.

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post #3 of 31 Old 07-22-2013, 09:41 AM
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be aware of overly intrusive contracts or not have complete ownership on the day you take the horse home.
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post #4 of 31 Old 07-22-2013, 10:03 AM
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be aware of overly intrusive contracts or not have complete ownership on the day you take the horse home.
This^^^ times eleventymillion!!!!! If they want a contract that states they can take the horse back for any thing they find unsuitable at your place is what you stay away from.

A local "rescue" lady who was supposed to be a "mustang trainer" also, was recently arrested for animal cruelty and abuse. She was also known for selling rescues with the terms mentioned above then go for an inspection after a month or so. Made up any excuse to remove the animal without giving any money back. She was making alot of money doing this.

I would understand a first option clause to where if you got into a situation you couldn't keep the horse then they would be the first person you contacted about taking it back.
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You know, I am ALL for getting horses out of bad situations, but....

A "rescue" that is a non-profit gets volunteer labor, donated feed, hay, tack, etc., then wants an exorbitant "adoption fee" when the rest of us PAY for all this, and cannot GIVE our horses away. It just rubs me the wrong way. Then they want to keep "control".....

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I just visited a rescue and was not impressed. They have limited resources to rehab a horse and it was a bit frustrating to think I was going to look at a horse who is said to have certain level of experience and come to find not what I was expecting. Riding and training comes only from volunteers there. Not the best set up. Although I do appreciate those that save horses from kill lots and take in those who would otherwise have starved to death. I see a lot of "free horses" as well on FB forums and am equally dismayed that a person would own a horse and then invariably run into financial loss and because they have never really invested time in the horse, have to give it away because of it's lack of training...perhaps going the traditional buy route would be best. No guarantees there either.
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I won't deal with a rescue. Period. They are frequently fiscally irresponsible, overly controlling, strip hoses of their papers, and usually on the brink of disaster. I also don't buy into the "saved from the killers" stuff. While there are good horses that get sent there, frequently the horses bought by the KBs need to be there for one reason or another. To me, a TRUE rescue, is a horse that has been seized for starvation and/or other cruelty from a private party. When rescues take donated money and go spend it on MORE horses at the low end auction, I do not consider that a rescue. You could have gone to the auction and bought the horse yourself, probably for less than the rescue wants to "sell" it to you for.

Go to a well respected seller with a good reputation to buy your horse. It won't be free, in fact it might cost a fair amount, but you'll know it's as advertised and the training will be what is stated.
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Anyone with a good experience from a rescue?
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post #9 of 31 Old 07-23-2013, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by kateortamar View Post
What is your experience? What is the norm and what are some warning signs with rescues?
I dont know that rescues fall under warning signs. You can have the nicest facility and end up with a troubled horse down the road, which is what exactly happened to me. I adopted a horse from a rescue ONCE and Ill be honest Ill never do it again. Beautiful gelding. Great conformation and very friendly. Tho green he seemed like the perfect horse. He came along ever so nicely until I one day ran into an old owner who admitted that the horse had been known for turning into a bronco and was very dangerous.
I had owned the horse for about 5 months at that point when I things become reality. I think once he got really comfortable with me and the facility we were at, he started rearing whenever you asked him to do anything he didnt want to do. Once I managed to fix that issue 3 weeks later he started bucking hard every time you asked him to do something he didnt want to do. Those bucking fits became so violent I would always get ejected. I sent him to a trainer who wanted nothing to do with him because even with him, he couldnt get him to stop.

I eventually returned him to the rescue, and it turned out the son of the owner of the rescue was bucked off of him on a trail ride one day and he ended up with severe injuries and had to be helicoptered out to the nearest trauma centre. Last I heard his son was actually suing him for telling him he was a "safe" horse to ride.

I hate to say it, but you never know what you're getting. The same can be said of any horse purchase, but I find rescues are more likely to have rejected or difficult horses.
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post #10 of 31 Old 07-23-2013, 10:01 PM
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I never adopt from rescues because they are so rediculous with there contracts, etc. I'd ether just go out and rescue a horse myself. Almost every horse I've owned has turned out to be a rescue. (Weather I knew I was getting a rescue or getting one unintentionally) I'd do that again any day rather then adopt. I don't want to deal with a contract longer then the bible with asinine rules and regulations.

A local thoroughbred rescue near me makes people prove every year that the horse they adopt has gotten its early shots AS WELL AS the horses you own besides that. Wtf?! No thanks ill pass!
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