Who am I when I help out a horse rescue?
#1. I am a person who accepts those creatures that don’t measure up as “perfect” to the rest of the world.
#2. I have the skills of a salesperson to convince those that are looking for perfection that they will find it in a rescue horse if they are willing to look a little deeper.
#3. I have a heart of steel to be able to say no when there isn’t any more room for just one more.
#4. I know that one horse rescue just can't save them all.
#5. Today I have the ability to smile and speak rationally to the millionth person who says “I don’t want or have time for this stupid horse anymore”.
#6. I have a little medical knowledge so that the horse rescue vet bill isn’t bigger than the national debt.
#7. I know the fine art of fundraising.
#8. I have patience for breeders or other industry professionals who don’t care, won’t help, or turn their backs and say it’s not their problem.
#9. I have patience for horses that were incorrectly placed and come to rescue with such excess baggage that it seems that they will never be adoptable.
#10. I have patience for owners who want a quick fix.
#11. I have patience for a world who no longer looks at life as a gift and the lives that we create nothing short of miracles.
#12. I have a sense of humor … because sometimes a smile on my face is the only way to hide the agony in my heart.
#13. I have the ability to face paperwork head-on or find people who are able to help me with it.
#14. I have the grooming skills for those “ugly ducklings” waiting for their chance to be a swan.
#15. And above all, I have amazing friends and family who help me to devote time to horse rescue and doing what it is that deep down in my heart I know needs to be done.
Altered from writings of dog breeder and rescuer- Diana Oliver.
This check list originally appeared on an Aussie dog list with permission to share with others. Horse has been substituted for dog.
with Paul Mitchell and the Mitchell Rescue Centre
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