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Horse Rescue and Adoption Information and Organizations

Horse rescue foundations exist all across the country. Some are non-profit agencies, others are all-volunteer and a few are privately funded. Equine rescue organizations buy or take in horses that have been neglected, abused or abandoned: some simply provide pasture and care for the animals; others may retrain and sell them to new owners.

Horse Rescue and Adoption
Horses come to rescue or adoption agencies through several means. Some horses are unwanted ó either they have grown old or their owners lost interest in them. Some horses have temperament problems that make them impossible to handle; this may be due to bad breeding, incorrect training or cruel treatment. Whatever the cause, some horses require extensive retraining in order to be ridden or worked.

Rescues may take place at homes or farms where horses are being ill-treated, or horses may be brought to the agency by people who can no longer care for their horse but hope that someone else will. In a worst-case scenario, some people send their horses to a rescue center because they have tried to sell the animal and its health or temperament has made it unsalable.

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New Riders Looking to Rescue or Adopt a Horse: Making an Informed Decision
    Many new riders think it's a good idea to adopt a horse: the prices are much lower than buying outright, and it feels terrific to think you can help save a horse. But you need to know a lot about a horse's history before adopting one. If you do go this route, choose a reputable agency and seek expert advice from a veterinarian and other experts on equines. Have your horse checked for mental as well as physiological fitness so you can make a commitment based on good information. If you don't want to adopt a horse, you can still choose a rescue agency as your favorite charity and donate money or your time to help horses.
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