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  • Writer's pictureDale Rudin

Why we don't put our horses up for adoption

There's a difference between being a sanctuary vs a rescue who brings horses in for care then makes them available for adoption.

Rescues are wonderful

Organizations that provide a safe home for horses who have been abandoned, neglected and abused are ending suffering and saving lives. It is difficult, exhausting, fulfilling, and heartbreaking work, but for those who have chosen to become involved in equine rescue, it probably doesn't feel like work at all.

When I horse is taken in by this type of organization, it may at some point be put up for adoption. Offering horses for adoption serves two very important purposes. It makes room for another horse in need and if there is an adoption fee, it gives the rescue much needed funds to feed and house the horses in their care.

What sets up apart

Pure Joy Horse Haven provides care and rehabilitation for horses who have become "untrainable", "unmanageable", dangerous or physically damaged in a way that has reduced their value as a useful animal. That makes me feel so sad to type those words, but a horse that can't or won't perform has more often than not, become so because of poor treatment, training, management, and/or care by the humans who deem them worthless.

When horses have become so damaged that they require a very specific, complex, and expensive diet, intensive care, patience, and understanding despite their physical and emotional state, they don't have a lot of options. It takes a whole lot of time, expertise, and skill to give these horses what they need to heal and ultimately thrive.

the damage is done

So far, knock on wood, even the most difficult horses who we have the privilege to help improve so much that they appear to be easy going animals that anyone would be proud to own. That is awesome and we are always happy to see them become comfortable and happy.

However, the emotional, and often physical, scars that they suffered in the past can never be erased. Unless they are continuously cared for in the same manner that allowed them to heal, they are highly likely to become reinjured or emotionally unstable.

in a perfect world

There are angels out there who are willing to build dry lots, buy all the right foods and supplements, mix buckets twice a day, take hoof boots on and off, deal with special needs, fear, aggression, learn how to handle these horses in a way that helps them feels safe and comfortable, and be okay with never asking the horse to be ridden or worked. These people exist, but at this point in time, they are the minority. In general horse people get enjoyment out of horses who will obediently or happily work and perform for them.

When a horse crosses our threshold, they become part of our family for life. We will give them everything they need and they will never experience injury or harm from human hands.

We encourage comment and questions.

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