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post #11 of 43 Old 03-14-2010, 03:32 AM
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I've noticed the same thing for sure. I do consider my two horses rescues though, because they both came from situations where they were legitimately mistreated. Kainne was severely underweight, wormy, and just not being cared for at all. He was just tossed in a very small, very crowded area with many more dominant horses and left to fend for himself. But he went through nothing compared to what Buddy went through. We picked him up from his *******/abuser just days before he was going to be shipped off to slaughter. He was not only neglected, but also very severely abused and terrified of everything, particularly people. He has permanent scars all over his hind end and sides from whips, but much deeper scars on his mind. He is a horse that really does have to be treated differently because of the severe abuse he suffered throughout his entire life. No amount of work with him gets him past his fear of whips. This guy is in his upper 20s, it's been really drilled into his mind. But no matter how differently he needs to be handled, he is by no means allowed to misbehave. Allowing a horse to misbehave just because he has had a rough past is never okay. There are ways to correct bad behaviour without laying a hand on him. There is no excuse.

Anyway, I've digressed a bit...having worked with horses who actually WERE rescued, I'm definitely know the feeling of annoyance when people say their horses were rescued just to sound totally cool and compassionate or whatever, just because their horses weren't totally pampered before or because their owners were totally mean and smacked them here and there for acting up, or did something else they disagree with. Totally moronic.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I was thinking it might just be me rolling my eyes at quite a few threads on here talking about their "rescued" ottb or auction horse... just drives me nutty.

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post #13 of 43 Old 03-14-2010, 04:19 AM
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I think it's like people that try to prove they are open minded by saying they have a gay/ black/ extraterrestrial friend.
I'm not getting your point here.


Anyways, I do notice people throwing the term 'rescue' around a little too comfortably. Sure, my horse used to be trained with rollkur so in a way I 'rescued' him from rollkur, but to me he is not a rescue horse by any stretch of my imagination. He was quite pampered, well-trained and well-kept except for the obvious.

To me, OTTBs, auction pets, and craigslist 'must go' horses are not rescues. Rescues are horses that are literally rescued from a harmful environment that could have lead to fatality or a serious health concern if the horse was not rescued.

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I'm not getting your point here.
It is like when someone makes a big deal about how open minded and cool they are when talking to someone by saying "I am not racist/closed minded /sexist/, I have a black/female /gay friend!"

Kind of a cool by association thing, ya know like "I am a great person, I rescued my horse".

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Meh, I still don't think it's accurate to compare the two, but I get what you mean.

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I also wanted to add that I notice a lot of people calling themselves "rescue facilities" now days. I know a gal that runs one and basically I consider her a horse trader. She gets horses, calls them rescues and turns around and makes money on them. She just buys horses and resells them. She had her own mount get injured and had a large vet bill, so she went on facebook and requested money to help with the vet bill for her 'rescue horse'. She's been riding this horse for a long time and even gives kids lessons on this horse. She ended up getting over a thousand dollars on the bill just because she is running a "horse rescue". My point is, maybe that's where a lot of people get the idea that there horse is a rescue. She buys horses for next to nothing, puts a profitable price tag on them and calls it an adoption fee. The funny thing is, most people are very careful about their money when they are buying a horse outright, but call a horse a rescue and make his selling price an adoption fee and people have no problem overpaying for a horse.
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I was going to post about OTTBs, OTTSBs and mustangs not being rescues, and Sandy beat me to it, and very eloquently.

It just sounds better to say you're running a rescue facility tham saying you're pinhooking racehorses.
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There is a difference between "rescueing" from death and saving from a bad situation but I dont think it really matters. Either way the horse is in a better situation than it was and even if it was healthy when they got it and kept that way the horse is fine. I would just nod and say alright, ok whatever if someone claims there horse as a rescue.
I saved my horse from a bad situation, he was skinny and ridden very badly, but I didnt neccessarily rescue him, but he is much better off now.
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Sandy- Oh heavens yes. We have a number of so called "rescue" facilities around here that are basically horse traders. One is a PMU foal rescue, but bases the price of the foal by what they think they are, how they look, etc. I mean, it's nice and all to try to find these guys homes, but charging 1,000 for one because he's a paint and 200 for another because he's mouse brown is ridiculous.

Most of the of track facilities around here call themselves retrainers instead of rescues, but we have a very large harness racing community in Ohio, so they get a lot of practice in terms of what they're dealing with. They basically, at least the one I have in mind, take in STBs and TBs who are retiring and teach them to be saddle or pleasure driving horses. But I agree, the majority aren't really rescues...the horses come from good situations where they simply need a new job.

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There is a difference between "rescueing" from death and saving from a bad situation but I dont think it really matters. Either way the horse is in a better situation than it was and even if it was healthy when they got it and kept that way the horse is fine. I would just nod and say alright, ok whatever if someone claims there horse as a rescue.
I saved my horse from a bad situation, he was skinny and ridden very badly, but I didnt neccessarily rescue him, but he is much better off now.

I agree with this post, I got one of my horses from what was a bad situation ....did I rescue him? Maybe , maybe not?...I feel he is in a better situation than what he was in before. Could someone else do better with him ? yes , probably but I made a commitment to care for him and make him a better horse while he is in my care.

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