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post #21 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 09:50 AM
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I got my rescue knowing full and well what it would require for her care and training. What I wasn't prepared for was all the bs that came with adopting. I will never, ever adopt another horse so long as I live. I will however go to auctions and "save" a horse from a worse fate.
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post #22 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
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.
When I adopted my BLM mustang I was also agreeing to visits for the first year. A lot of people agree to terms like that and I think when it comes to most rescues that put a one-year limit on their involvement with the animal after adoption you will find very few people have issues with that.

What most people have issues with are those rescues that pretty much retain ownership of the horse for the rest of the life of the animal. I've even seen some contracts that restrict the adopter from even being able to decide to put the animal down in an emergency without the consent of the rescue first. Seriously? So let the animal suffer if they can't get a hold of the rescue? Those "rescues" are not looking for adopters but rather long-term fosters.

I'm not anti-rescue at all, but I would be very selective in which rescue I am willing to work with.
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post #23 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 11:47 AM
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Cat, I agree in being selective. I feel like BLM is a well known organization and I wouldn't have an issue adopting from them.
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post #24 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 11:54 AM
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I have never adopted from a rescue but over the years when I've come across a horse that has needed a better home I've taken them on. Most of the time I've had to buy them and a couple have been freebies. Some have moved on to other homes after I've gotten them healthy again and some still live here.

I figure it's the least I could do to give back a little something to a species that has been such an important and good part of my life. I can't even begin to describe the joy that comes from watching the transformation of a horse that has pretty much given up on life bloom into a healthy and beautiful creature.

That being said, it's certainly not for everyone. You never know what the end product is going to be. I know when I was younger I didn't have the resources to support an extra horse that may never be anything more than a pasture ornament. If you're wanting a horse for a specific purpose you're better off buying one already capable of doing what you want to do.
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post #25 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 11:59 AM
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I had a terrible experience with a rescue.
About 2 years ago I was looking for another horse and came across a 'rescue' in my area. I went out to look at the horses, but none were broke to ride except for one who was being fostered at a ladies home. I went to look at him and he did great, rode great, everything was perfect. I went out twice to see him before signing the papers and handing over my $800.
Got him home and he was fine for the first day, but after that all heck broke loose.
He would bite, and I don't mean nibble, I mean bite hard and deep.
He also kicked. Anytime you'd go out into the pasture to catch him he'd kick and or charge at you.
He also had a rearing and bucking problem.
I was going to work on the problems with him but the day he kicked my dad so hard his shoe flew off I knew that was the end of that.
I called the rescue who then proceeded to tell me that he had always had these issues, and they thought that I would figure it out on my own. And also that he was an orphaned baby who they raised from a bottle inside of a ladies house. They didn't want to take him back either. But I eventually after months of arguing that the contract said I wasn't allowed to sell him they came and picked him up and gave my money back....he's back online on their website listed as a "child safe pony"...
Totally not worth it.

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post #26 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 12:53 PM
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I am by no means an expert on horses or rescues, but since I've been riding and volunteering at a rescue for the last two years and I'm seeing so much negativity I feel the need to add my two cents.

The rescue that I ride and volunteer at is a 501c3 non-profit orgnaization. The rescue horses from animal control, owners who voluntarily donate them and other sources. Their goal is to get the horses healthy and help them find good families.

While they do seek donations and volunteers, most of the food, vet care, etc. that the horses need is not always covered by donations. They offer lessons, trail rides, pony rides, farm tours, summer camp and whatever else the owner can think of to raise funds.

I have seen horses come into this ranch starved to the point where they are skin and bones. We had a thoroughbred come in three weeks ago that had a tumor on his back leg the size of a softball. We have three horses that are blind in one eye and one that is completely blind. I have seen these horses given an amazing second chance and I have had the opportunity to care for, work with and in most cases ride many of them.

A great many are adopted to good home. The fee that is charged for adoptions in most cases doesn't even scratch the surface as far as what has been spent on the horse. The contract that is signed does state that if the adoptee can no longer keep the horse, they must return it to the rescue. We have had several horses returned over the time I have been there, one of my favorites was returned twice (once because they could not longer afford him and then cuz the lady who adopted him didn't listen when we told her what he liked and didn't like and she got her butt thrown). There was one case recently where the adoptee no longer wanted her horse and we were full up...but the owner of the rescue went above and beyond to help the adoptee find a new home for the horse.

The horse that I lease now, is a four year old Paint who was rescued when he was only six months old. He has a scar across his nose from the halter that his old owner left on him and he snagged it and cut his nose up. He is a character, but he is my buddy and without the work they do at my ranch he wouldn't be here.

If you want to adopt a rescue, spend some time at the facility, volunteer, ride the horse you are interested in. If the rescue is 'legitimate' they will welcome you to come and check them out, since they want to know the people who are adopting the horses as well.
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post #27 of 31 Old 07-24-2013, 01:05 PM
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There is a 5,000+ post thread (yes, that's five THOUSAND) on another horse forum I frequent about a reacue in the south that is caught up in a ton of legal trouble and lies. It's absolutely disgusting. Stories about Siberian wolf packs, viruses running rampant that transfer to different species (yet vets in the area have no idea what they're talking about), and a rampant mother-daughter pony breeding side business.....if anyone wants to read about it, PM me.

Anyway, I'm very leery of rescues. The rescue that seized the horses from the bad rescue in question until the court date is a GREAT reacue. They do exist, but absolutely do your homework first.

A rescue exists to serve the public. Their financial records should be public knowledge, and they don't have the authority to protect their privacy. If they refuse to give you copies of their tax forms and such, it's illegal in the majority of states.
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post #28 of 31 Old 07-26-2013, 05:05 AM
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I've always been the kind of person to adopt when it comes to my pets and have volunteered at 2 separate humane societies and have had nothing but positive experiences with them. I only offer that info because this has led me to follow 2 horse rescues in my state on facebook. I would encourage anyone who wishes to adopt to see if the place has any sort of forum for feedback. I love having these places on facebook because I can see actual people in videos working with the horses. And the ones that I follow are dead honest about which horses can't even be touched and which still need work ect. The negativity on this topic really surprised me to be sure!

As far as the cost they charge.. All I know is from what they post, that the horses receive medical care such as removing tumors if nesessary, teeth work, healing injuries, starting them on dewormers, getting shots, farrier work and they are charged for shipping the animal if they are coming from far away, and paying for them at auction. So many stories from different places mesh that I would be hard pressed to say they were taking people's money for no reason when they ask for an adoption fee. Many do get deals on hay but not always. Like dogs and cats, horses need to be fed every day that they are there. Hopefully the rescues can recoup some of the money they spent on getting that horse into the health and position to be adopted instead of seeing it continue on the auction trail or sent to Mexico. *Shrug*

And not all of these horses are disaster either! Some of them are just normal horses that they owner couldn't afford. Some of them are simply horses that the owner outgrew and moved on from.. Some are really nice and have training in specific disciplines and have gone on to show. Again, like dogs and cats, just because they ended up at a shelter or in that position, it shouldn't be held against them, even purebreds and showers end up in bad situations.

I don't deal with it personally, I've only been to visit one once this year. This is just what I have learned through small animal rescues and what the horse rescues themselves post. So basically what I am saying is, if you see a horse at a rescue- do your research on the place and go to meet them in person and see for yourself how the horse is. Go back multiple times if need be and take your time. :) Maybe I am lucky in knowing the rescues that I do so that I'm biased but I couldn't not say anything lol
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post #29 of 31 Old 07-26-2013, 07:53 AM
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I feel like most of the problems come when rescues are desperate to move horses or want more money. For example, when I was looking for a horse, I saw one that was perfect, listed for $300 from a rescue. W/T/C, started over crosspoles, perfect. I had my phone out and was dialing the number when I realized, at the very bottom of the page, in font a few sizes smaller than the rest 'Cannot be ridden anymore due to injury'

To me, that mean they wanted to intentionally send out an unridable horse under the guise of it being rideable, then (maybe) sieze it and do it again.

I had no idea most rescues were so invasive though... Being someone who wishes to start a rescue, this intrigues me....
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post #30 of 31 Old 07-26-2013, 08:57 AM
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Problem is - anyone can call themselves a rescue and the bad ones really sour people's opinions. There are plenty of good ones out there - just do your homework and the idea of volunteering at the rescue you are thinking of adopting from is an excellent idea. It would really give a potential adoptor an idea if that is a rescue they can work with or not.
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