Below are some common questions we have run into in the past, please check here to see if your question has been answered before!
The following will be requirements going forward for any horses that we offer assistance to:
1. If the horse is an AC4H horse, you will be required to post the horse to your Facebook wall and share with your friends to assist with any fundraising efforts.
2. For any horse, you will be required to search for your own shipping. Yes, you can ask for assistance, however, it is ultimately your responsibility.
3. There is a list of QT providers in the document section as well as transport providers, please avail yourself of these lists and make phone calls etc.
4. For anyone that needs fundraising to help raise funds for the horse, you will be required to either contribute a reasonable to be determined amount up front and/or repay a portion back to the group and/or pay it forward to another horse in need at some point. The amount you are willing to pay or repay needs to be established before fundraising begins on the group page.
5. Finally, since the horse will ultimately become your responsibility, please take some ownership of the fundraising. The burden should not be put on 1 or 2 people because they always do it. If you have questions, ask. But do not assume the fundraising will be done for you.
Once these horses have co-mingled in the pens at a sale barn, they should be quarantined away from other equines for a minimum of three (3) weeks to ensure that a contagious disease is not introduced into a healthy herd. Quarantine involves keeping the horse isolated from other horses - - they should NOT be able to touch noses, share water, feed or hay sources and should be outside 'sneezing' distance from other equines. Handle them last, do not share grooming equipment, wash your hands, change your shirt if they wipe their faces on you, etc. The most virulent virus with which we are concerned is 'strangles', which is highly contagious and which has a 3 week incubation period. Horses from auction/sales situations can also contract simple ailments such as 'colds' and upper respiratory infections from the stress and crowded conditions. Sometimes this condition is called Shipping Fever as they will normally spike a high temperature.
We know that through education and good consistent communication you will not be disappointed with the your choice to open yourself up to sharing your life with one these Saddlebreds. With that being said it's important to remember that buying the horse can sometimes be the least expensive part. Our group cannot be held liable for the health, suitability or temperament of any horse listed. Visitors to this site understand that horses and horseback riding and activities incidental thereto involves risk of injury, including the possibility of serious physical injury.
Visitors to this site further acknowledge that the behavior of any animal is contingent to some extent upon the ability of it's rider/handler and assume the sole responsibility for and agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless any and all persons involved in the rescue of these horses from any and all loss and expenses, including all legal fees.
NO! We work together through a network of some very generous supporters to fund raise and provide opportunities for at risk Saddlebreds. The Rescue Me Group goal is to help save horses and bring greater awareness of the need for these horses. The Rescue Me Group goal is NOT to provide FREE Horses. The Rescue Me group is also not a group that can continually raise money for horses without outside assistance. We are not a traditional "rescue". We don't have a facility or trainers, we simply are a group of people working to network and make connections to benefit Saddlebreds.
We still encourage people to buy direct from private owners, trainers, industry sales or adopt from traditional rescues, so that they can accept new horses and rehab them efficiently and effectively.
NO! Our group is founded on people who are animal lovers in general. There are many groups that specifically focus in on one breed or another, ours happens to be a common love of Saddlebreds. We do not try to discriminate between half-ASB's, pretty or ugly ones, or anything else. Our determination of what horses to help and who we can offer financial assistance too comes from how much the individuals offering homes and help put in to the horse and experience. It will only be as fulfilling as the time and effort you put in to it.
Offering a home is a great way to start. It's important to be realistic about the commitment and cost of owning any horse, especially a rescued one. Contact our group to find out more about what offering a home entails. You won't regret it!