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!

From November’s Featured Rescue:

“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.

Meet Ruben!

 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!


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Posted on November 2, 2011, in Featured Rescues, horse and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Ohhh SR…between Craig Stevens and Parelli, you may have open a big can of worms. Those are two very controversial people!

    Thank you though for addressing my initial comment in a open and good way. It is very hard to find a good rescue that stays good and while I have seen some questionable things with cowgirl spirit, I do think they do a good job with the horses they take.

    • And it’s impossible to find a rescue that’s universally loved! Nobody’s perfect, but we really like the effort that CSRDT puts into the horses they have in their care. We’ll be featuring a different rescue each month, with a new interview each time. If anyone has rescue recommendations or ideas on how to thoroughly vet a rescue, we’d love to hear them!

  2. Well I’m glad you researched that rescue before you posted about them, it would have been nice if you had included that info in the original post, I think some people were wondering about it after they read the interview (at least I was).

    And yay for being featured in a post! I guess? Haha! Seriously now, it’s good to know my opinion counts for something. Now I got no problem with that particular rescue if they do take in horses and not only deal with their wealth issues but also turn them into something rideable. My problem is really against the absurdity of the marketing campaigns of these so called famous NH trainers.

    Now, in Europe, if you want to learn about a great trainer’s methods, you study under him, you take lessons with him, you become an assistant trainer, whatever it takes (I say him because horse riding was mainly a man’s activity, up until the recent decades, in Europe). You don’t just buy some dvd’s and fancy looking gimmicks and say you are training your horses with the NH techniques. But I am getting ahead of you, aren’t I? We were supposed to leave this for the next post. Bad Monica! *slaps self with a large trout*

  3. CSRDT has a pretty eclectic group of volunteers and board members. Unlike many rescues, they ALL ride, and while they have drill in common, their backgrounds range from traditional hunter/jumper to natural horsemanship. So don’t discount the whole group because there may be someone who thinks the sun shines out of Pat Parelli’s ass. They ALWAYS follow up, they ALWAYS take returns, they ALWAYS train what they take in. Nothing ever goes hungry or without vet care and farrier care. But it is a diverse group so you are going to see diverse opinions on training methods.

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