When my health failed I gave one of my older horses to a "rescue". The lady had "big plans" for a related business, was building a new barn and had a fancy truck and trailer.
It sounded like a great home. I had looked at a different rescue, and although their horses looked in great condition, the property had trash everywhere. A junk yard.
She sent me an email saying my mare was doing great and had settled in with her pasture mates and was top of the pack.
I contacted her about 1 1/2 years later to see if I could visit. She said she was too busy this month, contact her next month. The next month she sent me an email and said my mare "foundered, was laying down all the time, had pneumonia, and was pts."
Her business did not work out and she was looking to place all her old and crippled horses through facebook.
To make matters worse, I saw an article in the newspaper after this. Apparently she gave her horses to another rescue. That rescue was accused of starving the horses, some horses died and animal control took half the horses from them.
I will never forgive myself for giving up my mare to her... But I thought it would work out. She had a few hundred acres and a new barn built. She looked like she had the money to take care of her (or to hire people to do so).