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post #41 of 49 Old 05-08-2018, 12:20 PM
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I was asked to foster an English Pointer, a 'problem' dog in that he had no recall, was food possessive, the only good thing was he was house trained!
So, I took him on, got him confident, 100% recall, and generally a great dog. He was found two homes and returned to the rescue within a week. Each time he came back to me. Each time he reverted to being a good dog.

Now, is he a rescue or still a foster or has he just been dumped on me?

The rescue have just given up on rehoming him for the last three years so I guess he is a keeper.
I think he's a dog who found his person but the person (you) didn't realize it. These hunting dogs take a certain kind of person to handle and understand them. They aren't just a "cool dog" that you can have to impress your friends. The hunting drive is really strong in these dogs and they love to do what they're bred for, so not working them regularly isn't an option. Most people are going to be too lazy to handle their energy and drive. The fact that he keeps coming back to you tells me that's where he should be. He's no longer a rescue, he's your dog.

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post #42 of 49 Old 05-08-2018, 03:48 PM
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Here is my Paso. I consider him a rescue because he was beaten previously and starved nearly to death.
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post #43 of 49 Old 05-08-2018, 03:57 PM
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I feel like, you are rescuing a horse if you take it out of a bad state...like, for example...I was riding a horse named Camden.
He WAS rescued. He had broken his leg after racing, and was skinny, and just in bad shape.
He was not abused though.

If I would have adopted him, I don't think I would be 'rescuing him' so to speak, because he is at a rescue and being rehabilitated, and looks better, healthy etc. after his surgery.

For people to just say they 'rescued' a horse is pretty bizarre just to make themselves feel better.

Regardless, if you give a horse a better life, or the best life they can have...the life they deserve, you are doing the right thing. It does not mean you are automatically/necessarily 'rescuing' them, though.

I agree that if a horse is neglected/in really bad shape (not being cared for currently)/abused, then yes...you would be rescuing them, considering you are taking them out of that environment & giving them a better life...
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post #44 of 49 Old 05-08-2018, 05:12 PM
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Going to call Sally, the Bred Kill Pen Mare a rescue... Nishkin, her foal that was born to us, has never known a day of hard living.

Sarge and Trigger have both clearly been in bad situations before and have their own emotional baggage. They are 'auction' horses. Both came directly from auctions, neither of which was for high grade horse flesh. Were they rescued? I'd like to think so, esp for Trigger as the other person bidding on him was known to our friend to be a KP buyer. Sarge, who knows. It was an Amish auction, open to the public, and I have no idea who the people were bidding against us, but he did come with a lot of scars and underfeed and suffering from a huge lack of confidence.

Gina, Oops (also born to us), and Superman are in no way rescue animals. LOL Not even close.

I meant to say, but was interrupted (Y'know. Work comes first!) Any animal you take out of a bad situation that would have caused/was causing poor health, neglect, genuine abuse, or death, then you have a rescue.
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post #45 of 49 Old 05-09-2018, 02:50 PM
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We've called all our dogs rescues. Two were owner surrenders - one couldn't get along in her environment and the next the family had no time for. The third was dumped/a stray. They all came from different situations but being taken into our home, I believe, improved their lives. The way I see it a rescue is giving a second (third, fourth) chance to an animal that otherwise wouldn't get it. A horse that is surrendered by a family that loves it but just can't keep it is still a rescue, "adopted", given another chance. Some are through intermediary organizations like breed rescues, some are word of mouth. Personally I haven't noticed that it's "chic" to rescue or adopt (vs breed and buy) but I don't think it's a bad thing if more people are looking to animals that need (and can be provided!) another chance. It can take a lot of wherewithal to adopt a pet/horse - health, behavioral, etc issues vs simply buying a healthy animal from a breeder. We know so little about them sometimes, and they can't tell us. I wish I knew where Toby learned to side-pass, or why Shasta fears confinement in any indoor space, or why my dog Charley was ever abandoned at all. We like to say, adopting our dogs, that we were never looking for "a" dog, we were looking for "our" dog, and they were waiting for us somewhere. I think the same is true of horses and you can certainly call it a rescue, an adoption, a happy accident, whatever.
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post #46 of 49 Old 05-09-2018, 03:24 PM
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I dont care what people want to call it as long as they treat their animals well what's the problem.

Ive fostered many cats and dogs over the years and I consider them rescues. Did I personally find them starved and neglected? No but if I hadnt given them a temporary home they their lives would have turned out very differently. Pulling a sad lethargic dog from a shelter sure feels like you are rescuing them. Nursing a kitten that was found in a car engine back to a healthy state and finding it a home sure feels like you are rescuing it.

Really what does it matter. Im currently covering the board & care for a horse that needed a place to go. I didnt rescue him- some one else did. But Im giving him a chance to make sure he doesnt end up in a place were he needs to be rescued again.

Lets just focus on the good people are doing instead of complaining that they dont meet your definitions of "rescue".
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post #47 of 49 Old 05-10-2018, 09:54 AM
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Hi all! This is my first post. This thread came included in an email from the site and interested me so here I am and it's nice to meet you all! :) I have done what I call rescuing 2 times in my life. First was a pony whose owners moved and left him behind. “Poppy” was a 1 on the scale, all bones were visible, ALL. His feet were so long they had curled up and were cutting into the front of his pasterns, he had green snot coming from his nose, lots of deep sores and scars on the inside of his mouth and tongue from major points on his teeth and was loaded and I mean loaded with worms. My vet who is awesome said he would probably not make it, but he did with lots of care and good food. He was a very old dude when I got him, but he lived another 6 years, fat, happy and sassy.

The second was a horse so weak she could not stand in the trailer on the way home, another old horse. This one, Mateo, the vet put at a 1.5 on the scale, very long and broken up feet, bad teeth, worms. She lived another years.

I also got my heart horse from a place who had done nothing with her. She was a long 4 year old who had never been haltered, wormed, vetted or feet done. She had lived her whole life out in a huge pasture with her mom. She was in good weight and surprisingly free of worms. I do not call her a rescue. Her weight and health were good.

The horse I have now, Hank, was bought off a killer’s truck at an auction in PA by a reputable, licensed rescue. They contacted me and asked if I would take him after quarantine. He was a little thin, needed his teeth done and worming. His feet are a nightmare, he heels are so contracted that they almost touch and he has absolutely no heel bulbs. I do not say I rescued him, the rescue did I suppose as they saved him from going to slaughter, but not me.

I have also had 2 german shepherds who were rescues, one that was used as a bait dog for training dogs to fight, her fangs were filed down to the gums and she was covered in scars and sores and one that was taken from a hoarder who had over 50 dogs in crates stacked on top of each other, she was thin, dehydrated and scared. I did not feel I rescued them although they came straight to me once they were taken from their situations. I do consider them rescues, but I did not take them from the situation therefore I do not say I rescued them, the people who took them from these situations did and I cared from them once they were pulled.

I think the word rescue is very much overused and can be an insult to the real licensed rescues who do so much and save so many horses or people who take a horse from deaths door or real physical abuse and bring both the mind and body back to health. I could never do what licensed rescues do, my heart would break every day.

So that’s my take on what rescue means. :)
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post #48 of 49 Old 05-10-2018, 01:53 PM
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My gelding, came from a high stress place, after I bought him. I moved him within months because lesson of "pull him into a frame" were kinda not my deal and let's face it. $200/mo for pasture board with no good grazing land is too much. That being said. He was a total fat lard there that needed to lose 50lbs and never wanted for anything. Be it vet or otherwise. He hadn't had a lot done with him, and was kinda a little **** that I was blind to- because I was so so in love. I mean- low key rearing problem that we faught about for about a year.

Fast forward to 2 years later... progressed piles under saddle, no longer terribly skittish, really does (finally!) Love people (if they move slow, and have cookies) is happy in company, out on the trail, is traffic safe, has turned into a neat little equine good citizen that I CAN put others on without counting to ten before they got bucked off. But- I take a rasp to his feet myself, he had a cut last winter and I put it back together with super glue and betadine, he gets the cheapest bag of grain from murdochs, and 100% no longer has all the spoiling he had before, some of the stuff we skimp on, I feel terribly guilty about, and we get by because by the grace of God Nick is basically indestructible (knock on wood) I'm so thankful finances will be less tight this year and that I can be a better horse owner .. but in some respects I can see people thinking that he needs to be rescued from both situations... neither is ideal. One is creating a dangerous nappy horse, and the second is a college girl in over her head, but we muddle through.... I don't know how I feel about the term rescue, but we muddle through and I hope someday he's so spoiled rotten and gets all the acupuncture and chiro and fancy grain that his talented little body deserves.

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post #49 of 49 Old 05-14-2018, 01:18 PM
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I think the definition should be buying a horse, unseen, through a kill buyer or pen.
However, when I tell people the trouble I’ve had with my horse, they often comment how lucky he was to get me. Which means I guess I rescued him, but it wasn't intentional. I thought he was a lot more than he turned out to be.
But training, love and good care is changing him so it is turning out OK. 😁
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