You And Horse Rescue Solutions
There are literally thousands of Horse Rescue organizations in existence today in countries around the globe. The mission statements of these organizations show that despite cultural, political, and ethnic differences these organizations universally agree that their sole purpose is to rescueand rehabilitateabused and neglected horses, and ultimately place them with loving families who can provide them with safe, permanent homes.
By sometimes combining personal fortunes and with the help of donations, these organizations seek out horses up for auction where they are slaughter bound, or search out cases of known abuse. "Before" and "after" photographs are often featured on the organizations' various websites and are in themselves a silent testimony to the fine work "Horse Rescue" is accomplishing.
Oft times, horseowner's who are feeling the financial pinch of caring for their horses, will send them to auction hoping to realize some return on their investment, and feeling that some nice inidividual will see their horse's merits as they themselves did; little realizing that most horses bought at auction are purchased by "killer" farms that specialize in buying animals cheaply (sometimes even fattening them up) and then selling them for the current meat market value per pound... on the hoof.
Granted, in countries where the human population is quite literally starving to death for lack of food, one might find some justification for this slaughter, but in most cases it is just that horsemeat is considered a delicacy in some circles; and to horselovers in the western hemisphere this is about as acceptable as canibalism.
If the aforementioned events make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end and you are appalled at the pictures you see online showing emaciated horses with dim, lackluster eyes, mangy coats and open oozing sores who are barely able to stand, or perhaps are lying down, completely unable to support their own meagre weight; become pro-active and do something about it! In many cases, adoption might be your best option!
Before considering taking in another horse, take stock of your financial assets, the size of your stable or pasture, and the time you can spend caring for the animal. You certainly don't want to find yourself in the same financial bind that may have catapulted the poor rescue horse into its current circumstances. Remember, Horse Rescue organizations are looking for PERMANENT homes for their rehabilitated animals. Many horses have to be rescued from persons who didn't start out to be "mean" or "neglectful", they just overextended themselves by taking in too many horses and found they didn't have the resources to care for them. So before making the dicision to adopt a Rescue Horse, carefuly calculate feed costs, veterinary bills, vaccinations and worming and possibly even further training by an expert horse trainer.
By contributing your dollars, your time, or perhaps opening your barn and your heart to some of these unfortunate animals, you too can be a part of today's "Horse Rescue Solutions."
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