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post #21 of 43 Old 03-14-2010, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by NordicJuniper View Post
Hmm I see where you are coming from. I consider Junior to be a rescue horse. My friend, the one who owns him, rescued him in my opinion when she first got him because he was standing in a stall with two feet of his own feces, he had zero hoof wall, his coat was four inches long of matted hair, his mane and tail were knotted, he had a piece of metal in his eye that caused him to go partially blind, he was head shy and just plain shy and he was 300 pounds underweight. In my eyes that is a rescue.
I would definitely count that as a rescue as well.

I think any situation where the horse comes from a situation where the basics to sustain life are not present, then you are definitely looking at a rescue.
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post #22 of 43 Old 03-14-2010, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by paintsrule View Post
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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post #23 of 43 Old 03-14-2010, 06:26 PM
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I've noticed that too.
My horse is in better shape than he was when I first got him, but he's definitely not a "rescue". He wasn't in any danger or anything. He just didn't get that much attention and they didn't really do much with him.

I consider rescuing to be saving a horse from being beaten or starved or any other life-threatening situation.

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post #24 of 43 Old 03-14-2010, 06:29 PM
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I don't own a rescue nor do I think I will..
Not because I don't think it's a very good thing to do, but it's a lot of money, a whole lot of work and even more patience.
I am not ready for that yet.

I hope to eventually be able to do something for rescued horses.
Wether it is a donation or a visit or a purchase.

But to have it be cool?
No.. Not at all :)
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post #25 of 43 Old 03-14-2010, 06:56 PM
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You also have to remember that it is "little girls" saying this. They are immature and probably think that they are great and awesome by saying that, true or not. Yes it is annoying but they are young...IMO

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post #26 of 43 Old 03-14-2010, 07:16 PM
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i know what you mean too, ive also noticed that. ive only ever met 2 true rescue horses. the first one was a foster horse my family got, he was used in riding lessons at a lesson barn operated by a drug dealing alcoholic (no joke) and she didnt feed him, and kept a electric halter on him so she could spark his face everytime she felt the need to. when we got him you couldnt get within 20 feet of him without him flipping out. finally, at age 20 we were able to calm him enough to find him a home.
the second horse is a horse boarded at my barn.
she was living in a feild with one other horse and no shelter all winter with absolutly no feed, except for "being thrown hay once in a while"
she was 350ish pounds underweight, her feet were horrible, and he teeth had never been done either.
the other horse in her feild was DEAD due to starvation.

shes doing better now, and has gained about 100 pounds. but, shes a true rescue.
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post #27 of 43 Old 03-14-2010, 10:00 PM
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While I think my horse is having a better time with me, I wouldn't exactly say I rescued him.

Same thing with dogs and cats: people get them from no-kill shelters and then go on about how they "rescued" the dog or cat. If they really wanted to rescue a dog or cat, they'd go to the ASPCA or Humane Society or some other kill shelter.
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post #28 of 43 Old 03-15-2010, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by My2Geldings View Post

I think any situation where the horse comes from a situation where the basics to sustain life are not present, then you are definitely looking at a rescue.
I'd say Pickles was more of a rehome than a rescue...his previous owner just held on to him for a bit longer than she probably should have. He is 15.2 and that first week weighed in at 846 pounds, was very dehydrated, teeth never done, and his hooves are worn down to the point where he can't be ridden, or excersised on hard ground because all he did at his that place was pace. He also has a bunch of issues and we will be having a professional trainer who is familiar with arabs work with him in a month or so. I'm confident he's going to turn out quite nice, he's a lovely horse, but we're definitely laying down some decent cash to get him healthy and rideable. We were not looking to "rescue" or obtain a horse in his situation, but once we heard about him it just sort of happened.

I think for the most part people (and young kids ;) ) like to say they "rescued" their horse because it makes them feel better about themselves. Personally I don't care if it's a true rescue or not, anybody who takes in a horse in need of a home and provides it with a great home at that, is awesome in my eyes.

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post #29 of 43 Old 03-15-2010, 01:17 PM
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It's not just little girls saying it folks, it's adults who should know better. For some reason, they need people to think they're better than everyone else for having 'rescued' their horse.

Horses bought at auction are not 'rescues'. All you did was BUY a horse. You may have UPGRADED it, but you sure as heck didn't rescue it! Brokered horses are just that, brokered. It's a PURCHASE, not a rescue.

And bravo for the folks who said that the term 'rescue' should not be a catchall phrase for people who can't control their illmannered pukes.

If your horse was abused, and most people have absolutely no clue that the animal was, it's apparently easier to excuse the beast's nasty behaviour than actually working with a reputable trainer to make it behave.

Trust me, the lady who gave Mack to me never abused him. He came to me arrogant and headshy, because she was afraid of him and he could bully her. He now minds his manners with me, and has no trouble letting me touch him all over his face, ears, head and neck.

I don't find horses 'cute' who fight the farrier, vet, or anyone forced to deal with them in a professional way. If your horse bites or kicks someone, that's your fault for not having the animal trained properly. Don't blame it on previous abuse, especially if you know nothing about the animal's history.
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Woot Woot SR, you tell em lady!!

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