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Donating Your Horse
Horse Rescues, Welfare Organizations and Sanctuaries
In the past there have been several scams involving people offering good homes for unwanted horses.
Unsuspecting owners give their horse to people or "organizations" that claim to provide a good home for the horse. The horse is then taken to an auction and sold, often for slaughter.
Several years ago in PA a woman was conducting such a scam. Suspicions arose because the woman always picked the horses up on Sunday evenings. The New Holland horse sale is on Monday. The scam was exposed in a local paper.
Most recently, an Ohio man was exposed by a local TV station for taking horses that had been given to him with the belief that the horses were going to a lifelong home. The horses were taken to the sale in Sugar Creek, OH with many of the horses going to slaughter.
There have also been reports over the years of therapeutic riding programs accepting donations Of horses and then selling the horse to purchase a much younger Or desirable horse Of their choice.
In our experience we have found that owners do not want to take responsibility and have their horse euthanised by a vet. Instead they choose to ignore the reality that the majority of experienced horse people with the knowledge to properly care for this type of horse are not interested in horses with soundness issues that require special shoeing and medication.
Instead,they give the horse to the first person who tells them what they want to hear.
Then when they find out that the horse has been sold they want the police and everyone else to help them find "their" horse.
The horse is not "theirs" anymore. They gave their beloved horse away. They gave the horse away even after being advised by a vet to put the horse down. They gave the horse away even after being educated as to what they needed to do to insure the horse's safety. They gave the horse away after being educated about the realities about finding a home for a horse with soundness issues. A horse that they loved, yet did not want.
Sometimes the kindest, albeit the hardest, thing to do is to have the horse euthanised by a vet.
If you, the owner cannot face having to make the decision to put down your beloved horse, can you really trust the next person to make that decision?
Checklist for Owners Donating A Horse