**disclaimer, no I did not actually
get another horse at this time**
In my post on Thursday I mentioned that I have a thing about "rescue". There are some horses that are rescued where that term is, IMO, correct. But there are sooo many horses out there that are 'rescued!' where I would debate that term.
If you bought a horse from the kill pen, if you bought a horse that was being abused, if you took in a horse that had been abandoned... those are rescues.
This horse is sure as heck a rescue! (if you haven't read Argus's story before make sure you have tissue handy if you click that link)
A horse that needs some training, a horse that didn't have perfect hoof care or needs some weight (not drastic, just not A+), if you buy a horse from a sale/auction, those are not rescues. You bought a horse.
If you buy a horse that was living in a way you personally don't agree with, whether it was worked hard on the show/rodeo circuit or lived in pens 24/7 and your horses only live in pasture or are only ridden 30 minutes 3 times a week... if their basic needs are being well met, you didn't rescue, you bought a horse.
The horse that has no shelter from the blazing heat/frigid cold/wet/wind, little or no feed, unclean and/or limited water. You could consider him a rescue.
The horse that is being sold because the kids lost interest and have moved on to boys/girls/cars/college/etc... you bought that horse.
There's nothing wrong with rescue, either groups or the individuals that do it all on their own. Bless them! The horse industry does need them!
However there are bad rescues, the ones that are either taking advantage of people's hearts & money or that get in way over their head until they themselves need rescuing. And there are definitely enough horses out there that truly need to be rescued that theses groups don't need to go trolling for horses!
**happened to me in the feed store a few years ago when I was buying senior feed for Cessa and it p!$$es me off even now when I think of it**
There seems to be almost a social stigma against buying or breeding horses these days. Maybe that's why there's an overabundance of the "I rescued MY horse" being uttered.