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post #11 of 31 Old 07-23-2013, 10:16 PM
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I would say a good warning sign (other than the crazy contracts and such) would be the horse itself. In my experience some rescue horses are perfectly fine at one place but as soon as they are moved become different animals. Just be sure that the people are up front and honest about the horse you might adopt. As stated before, this horse may have psychological as well as physical needs that will take time and effort to help heal. Know the entire story of the horse you're adopting as well as any quirks and interact with him/her so you know what you're getting into and if it's something you feel comfortable with. Also, sometimes despite our best efforts a horse may never be quite normal or even sane. Be prepared for everything and good luck to you!
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I guess and hope there are good rescues out there. That has not been my experience either, though. A horse I currently own is from a rescue. I actually had to hire a lawyer to keep her, though. Immediately after I got her, I had my vet out. She was underweight and I wanted to be on the right track as far as feeding. I got accused of giving inadequate care and they wanted to pretty much take her back. I could keep her if I would give her a total of 7 scoops of feed four times a day. Urm, they were only giving her two scoops twice daily. Not to mention that I could go out four times a day! I have kids and a job! I would have let them take her and told them where to stick it, except, by then, I knew we had a fantastic horse and that was my daughters horse.

I hired a lawyer. For $150 I was able to keep my horse and not have to abide by any BS contract. The rescue conceded before ever going to court, but my lawyer told me that most of those rescues actually have no legal ownership of the horse. He told me he would go to court for $500 and beat them.

BTW, we still have the horse. In her day, she was the best trail horse I have ever met. Now she is retired, going blind and can only eat softened senior feed. She is fat, happy and still in her same loving home, though.

My advice, if you find a wonderful horse in a rescue, get it...but make sure you allow for the legal fees to keep if things go bad.

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post #13 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 05:26 AM
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I've never actually done this, but if I was going to I wouldn't go to anywhere that advertises themselves as a rescue.
Maybe from the Humane Society, or something along those lines, where you know they pulled the horse out of a bad situation.
Not to say every rescue is lying, but I just wouldn't want to take my chances.
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post #14 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 07:33 AM
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I adopted an orphan foal from a local rescue that is no longer in business. But I owned him free-and-clear and we still have him. That adoption went very smoothly.

If I did adopt again it would probably be through a place like the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. My understanding is the do have the typical restrictions - can't sell, need to return to the rescue if you are not keeping the horse, they can inspect your property and horse at any time, etc - but its limited by one year. I think I could handle those requirements as long as they are for a limited time, but eventually I would want the horse to be "mine."

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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Well, i am spooked enough. I have read up on rescues and many of the guidelines written by third parties say beware of those that give ownership right away. But on the other hand i can see how a "rescue" has incentive to pass of horses as rescue when all they are doing is selling and retain the right to seize a horse...
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post #16 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by kateortamar View Post
Anyone with a good experience from a rescue?
No experience in terms of getting a horse from one (I've done enough on my own, out of people's backyards

But, there are two ladies on my local forum that are heavily involved with a 501(3)c Horse Rescue.

It is not true they get "all their hay and feed donated". When horses get rescued they immediately see a vet and a farrier. If the horse(s) are healthy enough to be vaccinated, they get vaccinated.

Vets and farriers do not donate their time and medicines, somebody has to pay for that.

I can't speak for all rescues but the one I am speaking of has to pay for hay, feed, and whatever extra supplements the vet declares a particular horse might need.

My personal vet flies to this horse rescue that is a 4 hour drive to assist with 19 horses that were rescued in my area, but there wasn't anything or anyone in our area that could take these horses.

I know he eats as much of his cost as he can but he still has to charge them something.

Yes there is a fee but, with the rescue I am familiar with, that fee is nominal and doesn't begin to help recoup much of the Out-of-pocket money these folks have shelled out.

Yes there is a contract but I believe the contract with this rescue is that the person taking the horse agrees to keep it for one year and yes, the Rescue does one or two inspections within that year. So where's the problem with that? Don't human DCS make visits to check on children they have placed in homes? Do you find that offensive, as well? I would worry, if you do.

There are stories on that side of the coin about horses that did not get checked up on and ended up back at the rescue in worse condition than when they were there the first time.

As with all things in this life, there is good and bad. I've seen small animal rescues that the people need strung up by their toe nails but that doesn't mean the rescue in the next county over behaves the same way.

Anyone that finds the fee offensive or expects a rescue horse should be GIVEN to them after all the time and effort someone else has put into that animal, doesn't need that animal.

Do your homework, try and get references. Local vets would be nice but more often than not, they're not talking

If you've got enough horse experience, it will be easy to tell if you're dealing with a legitimate rescue.
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Thanks Walk.
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Unfortunately, it seems the unskilled are the ones who seek out "rescues", then pat themselves on the back. Then we hear about all the problems that arise because the new owner is all wrapped up in "poor baby". Poor baby figures out in a heartbeat that it can do what it wants and is often rewarded for doing so with lots of patting and soothing words. Oftentimes these "rescued" horses wind up in worse situations than what they came from.

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post #19 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 09:03 AM
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I feel that's not true, saddlebag. I've rescued almost all my horses. Most of which I don't have anymore but have gone off to great homes.
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
It is not true they get "all their hay and feed donated".
I need to qualify that

When this particular rescue group is involved in a mass rescue, HSUS will provide hay and, feed for a short period of time. At one large rescue, they also paid for police protection while 26 horses were being removed

That incident also happened four hours from the actual Rescue facility, so the horses had to be housed at the nearest fair grounds, until they were healthy enough to be moved. Sadly a few were PTS'd.

That meant the volunteers left their families and their own horse duties, 4 hours away, in order to tend to these 26 horses. There were also volunteers from the rescue area that came and helped.

While the "four hours away people" did have their lodging and meals paid for, they still had out-of-pocket expenses they knew full well would never be recovered.

When the rescue is a one, two, or a few horses rescue and when it comes to feeding these horses on a daily basis until they are adopted, the Rescue organization is always looking for hay donations because their own pocketbooks are always running on empty.

All these people are women, most of them married with families. It takes a mighty understanding husband to accept that his wife spends a lot of their money on horses in need, not to mention the hours she gives up to help at the barn.

There are two sides to both ends of the rescue story, starting with the Rescuers and ending with the adopters.

I agree with Saddlebag, there are far too many non-horse folks looking to rescue simply because they think it's a cheap way to get a horse and don't realize what they've gotten themselves into until it's too late.

Like Cowgirl boots, I have rescued my share of horses, re-schooled them, found them good homes. I had enough experience, beforehand, to take on horses in need.

Common sense goes a long way when considering a rescue

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