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. :)