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post #31 of 43 Old 03-15-2010, 01:26 PM
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Well said SR.

I agree, most of the people who like to brag about rescuing are not little kids. They are full grown who like to feel better about themselves.
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I worked at a 'rescue'. All they did was buy loads of skinny, old horses, ended up bringing strangles of all things into the barn (told 'em not to buy that horse!), that was the most tense moment of my life because my horse was right across from him. The vet told me, "Don't you dare go to your horse without washing yourself down and changing your clothes!" The vet knew Cowboy was my baby so he was trying to help me every way possible.

It wasn't a rescue situation. She ended up making some story about how he was a badly abused show horse (though we had no idea if he'd been shown or not, or anything about his background) ... It was pretty iffy stuff. Then again, this was hill country. Everyone was trying to buy Cowboy for $500-$1000, and I had to tell them politely where to shove it. When you start saying big words like show trained, world champion pedigree, etc - they get confused and baffled.

The kicker? They ate steak and ate out all the time. I would join them, and I felt incredibly guilty, because you and I know that it was donation money we were eating off of.

So, it's not just individuals.. it's 'facilities' that do this also.

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There they are all standing in a row

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post #33 of 43 Old 03-15-2010, 09:26 PM
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That isn't something I have seen around a lot but I COMPLETELY believe it. I think it makes people feel like a better rider or horse trainer or something. At my old stable, all the little 12 and 13 year old girls tried to be the best and showed off.
I would consider my Spanish Mustang a rescue. I got him from a small ranch where he had become an aggressive horse due to being abused. He was rarely fed because they said "he isn't a worthy horse" "he doesn't deserve to be fed". He was very thin and wasn't allowed out of his stall. To load him up, they opened the stall and whipped him into the trailer while I stood their in horror and yelled at them to stop(which worked). By then the horse was in the trailer with cuts and bruises all over his buckskin body.

My friend, who has a welsh cob, has a horse but I don't know if he is a rescue. She says he is but what do you think?
-He was sent to a stable and "didn't work out". So he came back starved, hard to catch, and insane to ride. When I say starved I mean ribs and hips showing.
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post #34 of 43 Old 03-15-2010, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by wild_spot View Post
I have had horses who were abused/roughly treated in the past, but I don't think i've 'rescued' a horse. I see rescue as taking a horse from a life threatening situation, not just bad training or bad care.

I also hate when people ask for critique and put a 'disclaimer' that the horse was abused. So? Does it get off the hool from having basic manners because of it? I don't think so!
Exactly. I took my first mare from a pasture where they just had 2 studs in with mares and barely fed them anything and never got vet car.

So? I didn't rescue,per say, as in from a rescue of because she was in bad shape. I bought her because she was a nice mare.
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post #35 of 43 Old 03-15-2010, 10:48 PM
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i do think you have a valid point many people just say it b/c "they dont agree" with some thing done, my pony was a rescue case, she had been abandoned and she was injured in her hock either from escaping from that pasture she had been abandoned in or the lady that i was told chased her down the middle of the road at night...she also has a problem, that she absoulutly HATES and will not tolerate it if you touch her chest, she isnt lame or sore, she may have had some sort of injury or beating there and she has put a "guard" up in that area b/c it's sensitve...she had cruel training methods, people would kick and kick and kick her till the point were she HATES leg on her now, she is getting better about leg (she has always assoicated leg with BAD) and she used to turn around and bite your feet because she used to be turned around and kicked in the mouth...she no longer bites feet, but she is getting better about leg and her chest :) she's had at least 6 owners that i 'know' about

so you can decide if you think My girl is a 'rescue' because i sure do :)

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Horses can have quirks - They don't always come about due to mistreatment. I had a horse who hated you patting him on his nose. Up near his eyes, or on his neck, lovely! But he would pull away the second you tried to pat his nose. He was also a horse who had an immense fight reflex - When startled or afraid, he turned aggresive.

Many people would think he had been mistreated and learned to fight back - i know for a fact he was never anused - He was treated like livestock, but never mistreated and was broken by a very good trainer. They were just his quirks.

The only horse I have owned who I think might have been a genuine abuse case, was an appy gelding. He would literally shake if he was pressured - it was like his brain shut down and his whole body just started quivering. He also had huge nervousness issues with the bit. But I never knew what happened to him so he was just the spotty pony with quirks.

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post #37 of 43 Old 03-16-2010, 06:50 AM
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My old vet, after a day at a barn dealing with a lot of pet owners with the "rescue" mind set, turned to me and said "You know, I just don't think there are that many people running around abusing horses. I think it's time to look for some other explanations for the animal's behavior."

This from someone who has testified in court about some truly horrific abuse cases.
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post #38 of 43 Old 03-16-2010, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by wild_spot View Post
Horses can have quirks - They don't always come about due to mistreatment.
Two thumbs up!

It is so frustrating that so many people blame every last little quirk their horse (or dog or whatever) has on them being abused in the past.

How about that is just their personality?
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For those of you who got underfed, neglected horses, did you PAY for them? If so, they weren't rescues.

Oh, you can call them that if you want to, but they're not. All you did was pay someone so you could upgrade the horse and make sure it was fed and cared for properly.

Buying a horse at auction out of the kill pen also isn't 'rescuing'. Any time you lay down money for a horse, it's a purchase. You know what you did, by paying a KB his asking price? Gave him enough money to pick up 2 or 3 more horses, plus have a nice steak dinner at your expense. So believing that you're some kind of glorious rescuer looks silly, especially when your money just went to send several more to slaughter.

If BUYING a horse out of the kill pen makes you feel better about yourself, have at it. Just remember that there are plenty of us who will snort and roll our eyes when you tell us how you 'rescued' the animal.

You know what a rescue is? An abandoned, starved, neglected horse who is at death's door, and you spend a boatload of money and time just trying to get it back from the brink of death. Sometimes the horse recovers, sometimes it doesn't. That's a rescue, not the skinny horse in no danger of dying anytime soon that you BOUGHT from someone.

I've never rescued a horse in my life. I've upgraded a few but have no delusions of grandeur about myself, unlike so many people who like to pat themselves on the back for being so kind, caring, and wonderful.

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I heart you SR.

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