Here at the rescue, we receive calls and emails each day about horses in need of a home.
Over the years, it has been easy to see which are most in danger. It is the horse who has never been placed undersaddle, taught to stand for the farrier and load into a trailer. It is the horse who cannot be caught, cannot be led.
The reasonably well mannered horse who accepts tack and a rider, even if extremely green, has many, many more chances of falling into safe hands than the untrained horse ever will.
Chances are high, when an untrained horse leaves your care, a death sentence or years of extreme neglect will await him.
We a virtually unable to help owners with horses unable to be ridden because no one will accept the horse as a project.
We do not want to suggest that training alone protects a horse from encountering a bad fate, for that would be false. However, training is a layer of protection for your horse.
The well trained horse has a far broader buyer/home base. The price of the well trained horse, though we know the value of most all horses is very low, can sometimes keep the horse out of the hands of the person unable to afford vet care and hay costs.
If the well trained horse finds himself at the auction, he has far and away the best chance of coming out of that place alive and headed to an actual home than does the unhandled or unridden horse.
The greatest disservice that you can do for your horse is to leave him untrained. It is also a disservice to purchase or take on a horse in need of a great deal of training if you are not well versed yourself or unable to cover the cost of a professional trainer you will learn from while they give the horse a solid foundation.
Love and hay is not enough, friends. An unhandled domesticated horse is dangerous to both people and themselves. “Pet only” horses have few safe possibilities.
So when you’re looking to adopt or buy, please know the type of horse suited to you. Be willing to Continue YOUR Education, and offer a home to the type of horse you can learn from and with, too. Be able to afford a talented trainer to learn from and give your young or untrained horse the RIGHT start.
This Foundation May one Day save his Life.