Some very good questions… Part 1
There have been some very interesting questions and remarks in the comments section. So interesting that we felt they deserved a proper response!
“I think this group has done some good in the area I live in but I have always found it wierd that the last time the group changed presidents, the previous horses disappeared off the website and forum and there has never been any information available. The colt born to the bucking mare, a big grey named cowboy who had some major behavorial issues and several other horses. The last I saw them they were listed for sale on dreamhorse and maybe I am just forum dumb but I can find nothing on them.
I am curious Snarky Rider as to what you use to define a good rescue. I have nothing against cowgirl spirit, they just don’t really fall into my rescue category.” – Oldred horse
We’re not super experienced in the rescue side of the horse world. It’s something we’re trying to learn more about! That said, when we check out rescues, there are a few things we look for. They should have a reasonable number of horses and their condition should improve in the rescue’s care. There should be evidence of following up on horses that leave their care and a plan for adoptions that don’t work out.
We chose Cowgirl Spirit Rescue Drill Team for a couple reasons. First and foremost, they were recommended by several people whose opinions we trust. That counts for a lot! They also have a limited number of horse and very clearly follow through with horses they adopt out.
Ruben is a bay quarter horse gelding, approximately 15.3 hands and 17 years old. Ruben was an original Cowgirl Spirit Rescue horse from 2005 and has returned to our herd to be rehomed. Ruben is blind in one eye, but generally overcomes his disability as long has he has a trusted human nearby. Ruben has received extensive Parelli training over the years, and is a sweet boy who definitely develops a deep bond with his humans.
Ruben is currently undergoing training at the National School of Academic Equitation, a classical dressage barn. NSAE’s classical training approach is just what Ruben needs to increase his confidence in relation to his partial blindness. Adoption Fee: Free on gift contract. Please contact us for details.
The first horse listed on their adoptables page is a rerun – they’re looking to rehome him again years after his original adoption. We don’t have personal experience with the group and can’t comment on what may have happened when they changed presidents, but the current group seems to be very responsible in addressing past adoptees.
The other big reason we like CSRDT is also addressed in Ruben’s ad – TRAINING. We feel the most important thing you can do to add value to a horse and make it more likely to have a good future is to TRAIN it! No one (except a few crazies! *cough*Jumper Girl*cough*) wants a half wild creature with no manners, even if it’s the prettiest thing this side of the Rockies. The fact that their horses receive extensive training and exposure to new situations is a huge plus in our books.
“They’re using Pat Parelli’s videos as examples of good resources? Really?
Not I have nothing against natural horsemanship, I do have something against endorsing people who say fancy colored super speshul super expensive sticks are the answer to all our problems.
Just saying…” -Monica
We’ll address that in Part 2!