Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: North County San Diego
• Horses: 0
During my time here, which admittedly is not very long, about 4 months, we've had -1 horses adopted out. I.e., the horse that kicked at me was returned after having been placed. I don't know the specifics of why but I heard it was more related to lameness than behavior.
The owner was able to intervene in a situation and get two horses she had ended up caring for off the main property adopted. I only interacted with those two a few times and they were well mannered if a little loopy from spending so much time in their small pens. So you might say this is +2 leaving a balance of 1.
She certainly has been able to get horses adopted off in the past. Some of the horses in residence now are sanctuary horses, they aren't going anywhere, but there are at least 2 that should be able to be adopted out. A third could be but at the cost of depriving one of the sanctuary horses of his constant companion so she's not going anywhere. The rescue has thus entered a phase of more caring for the sanctuary horses versus actively acquiring and re-homing.
To be fair people around here wanting horses want top quality ones that can be shown and competed on. They don't really want rescue horses. Even $5000 is just change to the horse set around here and that buys a pretty decent horse. I'm told that there are $100k horses stabled at the facility across the street from the rescue. So it's quite difficult re-homing rescues in this area.