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.