Room for a Rescue

Have you ever rescued a horse (please tell us why or why not and about your experiences)?


Total votes cast: 575

Comments & Write-in Answers

Many rescues. I feel I should pay back the joy horses have given me by taking in those in need.

8/18/2014 11:54:02 PM

afraid to get a rescue and get a horse with dangerous habits

8/18/2014 11:20:35 PM

A very emaciated young TB mare and a sad and somewhat neglected older TB gelding/

8/18/2014 11:17:43 PM

My beautiful Rocky Mountain/Arabian, I bid on him at a horse auction on a whim and he is perfect!

8/18/2014 10:49:53 PM

I bought back a horse I bred when I learned that he was severely underweight

8/18/2014 9:15:39 PM

several at different times. usually because i felt sorry for them. two i still have are working out

8/18/2014 9:13:15 PM

4 horses. Two were wild successes, 2 not. Definitely not for the faint of heart

8/18/2014 8:54:45 PM

Rescued a 5 mo. old 6 yrs. ago. A privilege to have him recover and turn into such a fine horse.

8/18/2014 8:23:44 PM

Horse was given to me because of behavioural problems. getting on very well, lovely riding pony now

8/18/2014 8:07:48 PM

He's a wonderful horse and I'm very happy with him.

8/18/2014 7:21:14 PM

Rescued a yearling mini. I was her 4th owner in her short life span. No reason for it. She is great

8/18/2014 7:07:49 PM

We took in three and had to leave one behind. He was too dangerous rearing etc

8/18/2014 7:05:00 PM

several rescues, they are always more difficult to handle for years after.

8/18/2014 6:34:16 PM

One of the best horses I ever had - lives with a friend of mine now.

8/18/2014 6:01:12 PM

All three of our horses are rescues, and it has been exceptionally rewarding! They are our family!

8/18/2014 5:50:03 PM

cuz he was 6yrs old, healthy, sweet and didnt deserve to be slaughtered.

8/18/2014 5:46:23 PM

i rescue starving horses and abused horses.

8/18/2014 5:18:06 PM

I've rescued many horses. Some cost more to bring back to health and others will need more TLC.

8/18/2014 4:33:34 PM

I call it rescue-in gratitude he tried to amputate his foot.

8/18/2014 3:13:26 PM

Yes I recently resuced a young 2/5 year old race horse his name is Reality Check goes by RC

8/18/2014 1:49:21 PM

A Premarin foal from a picture on the internet. Gorgeous, sweet, easy to train a joy!

8/18/2014 1:26:25 PM

Rescued arabian mare from benign neglect case.

8/18/2014 1:09:18 PM

I've rescued/adopted 5 horses... I enjoy working with 'project horses'

8/18/2014 12:09:10 PM

$1000 skinny ex-racehorse won 3 Puissance classes, jumping over 7' each time.

8/18/2014 11:41:58 AM

Arabian stallion headed for slaughter due to aggression issues-he became my best friend!

8/18/2014 11:17:53 AM

Yes I did rescue a mare and foal.

8/18/2014 9:26:24 AM

Several from terrible circumstances, still have them. They're great horses. A blessing to me

8/17/2014 10:52:29 PM

he was a good horse. we always bring home strays, dogs ,cats, horses.

8/17/2014 7:06:16 PM

I have taken in 3 equines who were in rescue situations. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

8/17/2014 6:25:25 PM

Have one out in the pasture right now, good for as a companion. He deserved a second chance at life.

8/17/2014 5:50:45 PM

He was clearly underweight and still full of life, and needed a home.

8/17/2014 12:45:01 PM

Sometimes I wonder who rescued who

8/17/2014 12:26:44 PM

Rescued 6 of them. They have changed my life forever! I care them daily, and am in better health.

8/17/2014 11:39:49 AM

He was going to be leftin the pasture when the owner moved. I made her an offer she could not refuse

8/16/2014 9:31:53 PM

I felt sorry for an old, skinny, throw away quarter horse, so I bought her.

8/16/2014 9:17:25 PM

I lost two of my old horses within 2months of one another, needed companion for my last horse was

8/16/2014 7:11:37 PM

Rescuing for over 20 years now.... mostly sucessfully. Missed it a few times, but good ones, too!

8/16/2014 2:27:32 PM

never officially rescued a horse but both my horses came from poor situations

8/16/2014 10:26:18 AM

I have rescued 8. They are all companion, but that's fine, I like to caretake.

8/16/2014 9:46:24 AM

Both horses were emaciated and had various health problems. Would not have made it thru the winter.

8/16/2014 8:37:00 AM

i have bred my horse myself and can only afford one at time!

8/16/2014 3:57:05 AM

Chancey is 38 years old, she has been an important member of our family for 28 years now.

8/16/2014 12:35:16 AM

Twice. First one abandoned and abused. Second an unwanted aged retired Grand Prix dressage horse.

8/16/2014 12:34:13 AM

I would like to but don't have the money right now.

8/15/2014 11:29:56 PM

i like a particular breed and like to start my own horses.

8/15/2014 8:40:30 PM

i would have liked to save a horse

8/15/2014 6:17:04 PM

Mostly abused or starved and a few abandoned. They turned out to be some of the best horses.

8/15/2014 5:25:02 PM

I had enough of my own lame and retired.

8/15/2014 4:59:40 PM

I have rescued several horses due to owners starving them and improper maintenance

8/15/2014 4:46:34 PM

My daughter and I volunteered at a horse rescue and we both ended up adopting.

8/15/2014 4:41:44 PM

rescued 2 horses. one was simply abandoned and the second was ignored and left in a field of cattle

8/15/2014 2:09:26 PM

He was an Appaloosa gelding. 300 lbs underweight. Owners said he was 18, he was 35. Best horse ever

8/15/2014 1:58:27 PM

Have a Hospice for Horses-old,lame,starved-unrideable.A place to pass with dignity,grace&love

8/15/2014 1:42:47 PM

Tried, but the legal & liability issues in New York made it impossible

8/15/2014 1:12:56 PM

Two of my 5 horses are rescues--wonderful guys!

8/15/2014 10:48:26 AM

I have 2 mares that I rescued from a kill-buyer. They are the most affectionate and sweet horses!

8/15/2014 10:24:02 AM

We rescued a 14 yo Arabian gelding that we had seen on CL for a month. He was in sad shape.

8/15/2014 9:52:25 AM

At 18 I rescued an ex pacer :).

8/15/2014 9:07:07 AM

At risk of going to slaughter, 21 yr old gelding. He is a blessing. "Uncle" to my stud colt.

8/15/2014 8:04:38 AM

Our first and best broodmare was a rescue and one of her foals won a race at Del Mar!

8/15/2014 7:45:08 AM

Three of mine are rescues, one came with issues, others all easy.Love them all!

8/15/2014 7:28:36 AM

no rescues in Iceland

8/15/2014 7:20:16 AM

I learned if he was not purchased by a certain date, he would be sent auction.

8/15/2014 3:01:17 AM

rescued 2 horses 1 cloud herd mustang and 1 Umatilla colt. awesome horses 1 had been badly abused ot

8/15/2014 1:44:56 AM

I would tell anyone to but I would inform you that they won't be perfect and may have vet bills

8/15/2014 12:29:48 AM

Standardbred racehorse. Was going to be euthanised

8/14/2014 11:58:21 PM

To prevent it from being put down. The experience has been rewarding.

8/14/2014 10:25:22 PM

I have run a small self funded horse rescue for the past 16 years. Seem I just can't help myself!

8/14/2014 10:03:06 PM

Just because I couldnt stand to leave them in the situation they were in.

8/14/2014 8:55:16 PM

I rescued a starving horse on the way to the slaughterhouse. Sadly, she died several months later.

8/14/2014 6:52:53 PM

from auction slaughter

8/14/2014 5:54:14 PM

We saved a NSH that was days from death and nursed him back. He lived 10 more years as a happy boy.

8/14/2014 5:32:31 PM

Yearling appaloosa from a truck headed to Mexico for $75, as her only fault was a mild club foot.

8/14/2014 5:23:02 PM

We have a former nurse mare foal, as well as a TB mare abandoned at the vet's. Both are really nice.

8/14/2014 5:16:18 PM

Mare & suckling colt excaped dry pasture and come to my house for food. Feed,vet,etc=$1500.

8/14/2014 5:07:39 PM

She was locked in a small stall for months. No farrier, health care. Very grateful horse!

8/14/2014 4:47:22 PM

We "purchased" a horse to get it out of a very bad situation of starvation.

8/14/2014 4:27:36 PM

Everyone that is involved with horses should resue at least one.

8/14/2014 4:24:01 PM

My first horse. Glad but also with regrets that it was not full of the joyous first-horse memories.

8/14/2014 1:21:34 PM

for the love of the horses, they needed love, and food and we gave them that

8/14/2014 1:05:36 PM

A 19 yr old OTTB was running loose. He lived to 31 - still ridden & so happy w his new life!

8/14/2014 11:55:52 AM

This particular warmblood had been neglected and sent to be a bucking horse in the rodeo.

8/14/2014 11:34:39 AM

2 horses. #1 was skin and bones, #2 had neck problems could not graze.

8/14/2014 11:31:57 AM

My favourite breed... "rescue"..

8/14/2014 10:47:51 AM

I was looking for a companion for my riding horse rescue was a good idea. She died a year later.

8/14/2014 10:34:46 AM

Rescued two from a horrible rescue. I am thankful for them every day of our lives!

8/14/2014 9:57:55 AM

It became lots more work and money. Found a home that wanted a project horse

8/14/2014 6:59:43 AM

It needed to be done

8/14/2014 4:47:02 AM

Won auction against a kill buyer for a starved/abused horse. He is so sweet and we r So blessed!

8/14/2014 3:47:32 AM

many times

8/14/2014 3:29:44 AM

was to be put down for lameness. Thought I could fix her. Did.

8/14/2014 12:29:38 AM

One horse from local rescue, one horse with a bad foot making him unsound for riding...buddies :)

8/13/2014 11:44:01 PM

I have two retired racehorses that were given to me when their owner could no longer keep them.

8/13/2014 11:28:48 PM

Not a horse, a donkey.

8/13/2014 11:15:25 PM

have one who was beaten, had harsh bits and yanked/tied. wouldnt trade him.

8/13/2014 10:17:06 PM

Two ex racers. they were left to pasture on 22 acres, if no home found they would have been put down

8/13/2014 10:00:30 PM

Two rescued mares live here and we enjoy trail riding them. I'm grateful to have them.

8/13/2014 9:43:57 PM

working OT to properly care for my own 4, this forever home can't afford another

8/13/2014 9:34:25 PM

I have two minis who chose to go home with me from a rescue I help the state with.

8/13/2014 8:45:53 PM

Spent expensive horse money on a rescue and complete (very expensive) rehabilitation.

8/13/2014 8:26:48 PM

TB in training had a knee bone chip just prior to its first race, would have been euthanized

8/13/2014 8:13:18 PM

owner could not feed 2 TBs, I treated rainrot and brought health back to normal and rehomed them.

8/13/2014 7:56:26 PM

he is a companion horse for my other horses

8/13/2014 6:39:23 PM

Two falls ago my mom and I were looking for a different horse for me to lease. We saw an old add on

8/13/2014 5:46:05 PM

A mare and large pony were abandoned in my pasture. later discovered that the mare was in foal.

8/13/2014 4:53:30 PM

We have had three rescues & it is a great thing. We still have 1 of the 3 & she is so gentle & sweet

8/13/2014 4:37:06 PM

2 mini donkeys from breeder who "disposes" of the males.

8/13/2014 4:33:51 PM

close to foundering

8/13/2014 3:59:47 PM

a PerchXPaint PMU; couldnt bear the thought of their fate. And, I couldn't ask for a better horse!

8/13/2014 3:05:03 PM

I resuced 2 PMU foals from Canada about 10 years ago.

8/13/2014 2:37:57 PM

I recently adopted a rescue horse as a companion for my 5 year old TWH. They are best buddies.

8/13/2014 1:31:50 PM

Rescued wonderful 27yo Arabian gelding (now 32!) after his owner died.

8/13/2014 12:35:36 PM

Preferred to choose American Saddlebred Sport Horse for Dressage. Specific breed, Specific use.

8/13/2014 12:12:28 PM

emaciated, covered in rain rot, mane and tail completely encased in burdox, food aggression,.

8/13/2014 12:11:36 PM

I plan to rescue many more one day because every horse deserves a chance.

8/13/2014 12:02:00 PM

Rescuing horses was something GOD laid on my heart, do, in obedience, I rescue them. I have 4 now.

8/13/2014 11:46:55 AM

Through a non-horsey friend, was left on their property. Owner was involved some time. Now own her.

8/13/2014 11:28:55 AM

They sheer joy of watching them regain their health and sometimes spirit is an amazing experience !

8/13/2014 11:25:52 AM

Unwanted do to a death in the family. Fantastic horse. Glad I took her.

8/13/2014 11:19:02 AM

My 17hh bay TB was a rescue. Has taken years for his mind to heal, and I am so proud of him.

8/13/2014 10:59:49 AM

I have rescued a starving horse, victim of a confusing divorce without clear chore communication.

8/13/2014 10:39:34 AM

Three over the years from bad situations, all have turned out to be wonderful horses!

8/13/2014 10:22:54 AM

I always wanted to give back to the Equine partner. When I bought my first horse property, I could.

8/13/2014 10:12:55 AM

Took an older, neglected horse-improved his health & hooves, found a new, caring home! Great job!

8/13/2014 10:04:13 AM

I "rescued" a 7 y/o TWH last fall. He'd been a pasture horse for 3-4 yrs. Best horse ever!

8/13/2014 9:23:47 AM

I rescued a starving 5 YO Arabian stallion. He turned out to be a fabulous endurance horse.

8/13/2014 9:18:27 AM

Got thoroughbred out of a kill pen - ended up being sound, sane - nice horse. He's an eventer now.

8/13/2014 8:57:38 AM

Yes; not enough room here to explain the circumstances, but she now has a home for life.

8/13/2014 7:22:51 AM

2 animals very hungry, thin, unused brought for the wrong reasons by nice people with no experience

8/13/2014 7:18:39 AM

He's the best little buddy. Sweet friendly and still follows me. Driving a carriage and next year

8/13/2014 2:41:00 AM

9 m old filly weighed 400# Neck was injured, healed badly, now my primary saddle horse.

8/13/2014 2:18:28 AM

It's all about giving back, if you can, do!

8/13/2014 1:12:47 AM

No, I never have rescued a horse. I wanted a well-trained horse to learn from.

8/12/2014 10:16:56 PM

Part of a volunteer group to take care of a herd of neglected horses.

8/12/2014 9:09:40 PM

Aged neglected prev owned dressage pony, obese with no hoof care for years became yard ornament.

8/12/2014 8:55:45 PM

foal whose mom died QH. winter , emptied a room in our home and moved the foal inside . grew up to

8/12/2014 8:50:56 PM

Cannot afford to take on another horse.

8/12/2014 8:36:38 PM

No, but I hope to do so

8/12/2014 8:26:57 PM

very skinny not taken care of

8/12/2014 7:55:22 PM

Heartbreaking: both serverely starved, only lived 3-4 years after getting back to health

8/12/2014 7:54:43 PM

Lost track of the number years ago. 100 characters doesn't give me the chance to answer the question

8/12/2014 7:22:04 PM

I'm glad I did it, but there isn't room here to describe my experiences.

8/12/2014 6:05:43 PM

Run a rescue in Ireland

8/12/2014 5:52:30 PM

Not exactly, but I have gotten a couple of "freebies."

8/12/2014 5:11:18 PM

a 3 yr. old walker gelding when we rescued him, he became a sweet gentle horse

8/12/2014 5:04:21 PM

I do not own my own farm. I cannot afford board on more than one horse at a time.

8/12/2014 4:11:47 PM

several times, some of the best horses ever

8/12/2014 3:15:51 PM

We have two mustangs and one other true rescue. We LOVE them.

8/12/2014 2:50:20 PM

Rescued Race horse off the track & rescued a race horse also off the track.

8/12/2014 2:01:00 PM

1 rescued horse + a little TLC = 16 years with the most a amazing equine I've ever known.

8/12/2014 1:45:41 PM

I have limited facilities, but I admire those who do.

8/12/2014 12:48:22 PM

She was 2 and abandoned.Now 4.Lovely girl who is coming along in dressage.I love her so-o-o much.

8/12/2014 12:22:43 PM

2 Arabs and 1 mini-donkey--all in terrible conditions and circumstances

8/12/2014 12:13:38 PM

From slaughter

8/12/2014 11:42:33 AM

I have rescued several horses from slaughter.

8/12/2014 11:31:53 AM

twice, nice horses getting dumped @ auction

8/12/2014 11:10:37 AM

I adopted 3 horses in January

8/12/2014 10:37:27 AM

After a life of constant pregnancy for her urine, she was being sold for human consumption.

8/12/2014 10:04:19 AM

Took in neglected pony from dementia patient. Got it healthy and rehomed with a sweet 8yr old girl.

8/12/2014 9:16:34 AM

Lack of space, not enough knowledge to train the horse and not enough money to tske on another horse

8/12/2014 9:14:58 AM

She was severely malnourished and injured from an infected puncture wound. Healed well, was a dream

8/12/2014 8:54:36 AM

underweight neglected, lots of work and calories but totally worth it.

8/12/2014 8:36:27 AM

He was starving. Skin, bones and hair. No muscle . No fat.

8/12/2014 8:36:24 AM

I've rescued (or, purchased out of bad situations) a Mini mare and an OTTB gelding. Super horses.

8/12/2014 8:14:27 AM

He was starving.

8/12/2014 7:20:38 AM

personally no, but a horse we owned was rescued by previous owner from slaughter

8/12/2014 7:17:58 AM

yes, 2 myself and have found homes for unwanted horses

8/12/2014 4:51:18 AM

I've adopted several Arabians in recent years, mostly because I live in "Quarter Horse Country".

8/12/2014 2:14:35 AM

I rescue dogs and that is enough rescue for me.

8/12/2014 2:01:09 AM

I have 3 rescue horses. They were physically and mentally abused and neglected. I am so happy I co

8/12/2014 1:11:36 AM

Horrible experience. Wouldn't do it again

8/12/2014 12:40:11 AM