I was not going to write tonight as I have really felt tired. I sometimes wonder how I am going to get through the show season. I know I need to get my blood drawn so I can be tested for Lyme’s. Everything in the barn was pretty darn good today, so me being tired was not that I am stressed.
Tonight something happened to make me want to write so here goes. I wonder why people do the things they do? I understand changing your mind about horses, but when a horse has been a good, SAFE horse for your children, is it fair to that horse to not give it the best chance possible to find a good home. I do not think people realize how expensive hospital bills are and the damage an unsafe horse can do both mentally and physically to your children. Saddlebred Rescue gets calls every day wanting us to take someone’s horse that they cannot or do not want to keep. Most of these horses are not placeable in the first place. Once in a while we get a horse that we feel we can place and we agree to take it (which is very lucky in itself) and the people who want us to do them a favor do not even want to pay for shipping. They think Saddlebred Rescue should pay for the shipping. I wish I could just smack people right upside the head and tell them SOMETIMES you OWE it to your horse to do the right thing. It may mean you may only be able to go to 4 shows with your “Better” horse instead of 5 shows. It may mean that you may have to sacrifice something, and OMG wouldn’t that be a shame. Many of these people are given the tools or help they need to get these horses to us, but they would rather not check out shipping or do a little work, so they complain about how much it will cost THEM. What about how many horses would lose their lives because you want Saddlebred Rescue to pay for doing you a favor in the first place? The money Saddlebred Rescue gets is to help horses in need and it is donated. Many of our donations come from people who work hard for their money and they give until it hurts, but they give because they feel it is the right thing to do. If you have a horse that has been a good teacher and protector to your child, then DO THE RIGHT THING for YOUR HORSE. The very least you can do is give it your all and not just give your excuses on why you would not try. OK I have said my “thing” so I will step down now.
I wish I could retrain some people.
I wish people could just have a clue on what it is really like in the rescue world.
I wish we did not need horse rescues.
I am THANKFUL I can do the little bit that I can for all horses in need.