Because of the generostiy of the people who support the bail out program of broker owned horses, a young friend and i picked up three bailed but unwanted horses. I paid for the coggins and shipping to pick up barn. Yes, they needed to be in Quarantine, and yes one was a very thin yearling. So? Horses in a herd shuffle that are not in routine care get sick and loose weight. Ever heard of shipping fever?
Currently we are very happy with our broker owned buy outs, having fun training them and getting the people shy pony used to use. The 'old mare' only nine, is going to be a sweetie for riding and driving.
I do not understand comments about high prices. Currently they have listed horses for $650 and under that are being ridden up and down a lane outside in the cold weather. From my point of view, and i have been teaching riding for 20 years, the riders know how to ride and the horses are fairly easy. I also know that pleasure horse owners tend to overfeed and under use their animals and end up with too much horse in a very short time. So some of the criticisms can be from what happens after the horse gets to its new home. And other things can be the result of having been in the auction loop.
I am glad to take horses out of the auction loop, being trailer from sale to sale until the broker gets his price and the horse just has to tolerate lousy conditions until homed.
Nonprofits actually can have paid staff, so the idea that the Sheidy family might be making a living off of doing a good deed does not bother me.
People can go to high-faluting training barns and spend $5,000. on an OTTB that is strong and green and still have lameness and illness issues or have a colic and have to put the horse down. Those issues have nothing to do with AC4H, it is called 'horses.'
I was involved with TWO horses through AC4H. One was a chestnut TB mare and the other was an older Warmblood gelding. The mare was thin and ill. I sponsored her and provided money for her upkeep. I also offered to adopt her if no one else would and sent in all my paperwork. I never heard more about the horse and she "disappeared" from their pages. I have a bad feeling she was euthanized. The warmblood was to be purchased by myself and another woman. While we were halfway through the paperwork (and after paying for the horse) we found out it had already been sent to Maple Hill farm (a resale barn). I tried to get my money back but my credit card said they did not cover fraud. They said I had not done due diligence on the rescue and it was an obvious case of fraud. I sent my documents to a police investigator in PA who is collecting evidence for this fake rescue which is basically a horse broker business. Do not do business with AC4H.
In October 2012 I donated through the "ChipIn" to help save a mare headed for slaughter. Her bail was only $275 and she appeared to be a former school horse who was very well trained. She was thin and needed some general maintenance, but appeared to be sound otherwise. She was offered a home by Lilly Pond Foal Rescue who cared for her until she was adopted permanently by an individual. When she first arrived at Lilly Pond she became ill and required two days on IV's at the vet. After that ordeal she recovered quickly and was soon adopted to a permanent home. Throughout the process I was in touch with Lilly Pond Foal Rescue and with the individual young lady who ultimately adopted her. Being involved in a small way by donating to the mare's rescue and vet care was a wonderful experience and I thank AC4H and Lilly Pond Foal Rescue for their efforts on behalf of the horses. I will continue to support their courageous work.
There was a time when I believe this organization had its heart in the right place. I do believe the broker program tainted the integrity and focus of the rescue. I personally adopted a horse that didn’t come directly from the broker. This was a horse that Christy had at her personal farm for some time. Shortly after arrival at my farm, the sweet mare was diagnosed with EPM. I knew Christy had experience dealing with EPM so I called and left a message to ask about her experience with the medication that she used as there are commonly 2 choices of treatment. She never returned my call. I figured, ok, she doesn’t want to give out medical advice. I get it.
Suddenly, my $900 mare became a $4000 mare after a year of vet bills and Marquis (EPM medication) and had to be euthanized. That’s when my disappointment set in.
The disappointment was not about the cost or the heartache of watching the mare decline. I didn’t hold the fact that the mare had EPM against the rescue. That’s a gamble I took when adopting. Nor did I complain to AC4H about the financial burden. Again, every horse owner needs to be prepared for catastrophic health issues. The financial burden was mine and mine only. I emailed the rescue a couple of times throughout the year that we had the horse to let them know of the mare’s condition. I figured they would still have concern about her after caring for her for some time. Then, a final sincere email was sent to let them know that the mare lost her battle and was put down. I never received a reply.
Think about it. If you owned a horse then sold it, wouldn’t you still care about its well being enough to at least reply when you receive updates? “I’m sorry for your loss” or “She was a sweet mare. Something? Anything?
That was the red flag. Once the money exchanged hands, their concern for the well being of the horse they had once cared for ended. Period. Were they just too busy turning over more broker horses to reply? Were they afraid I was going to blame them? I don’t know what their reasoning was for not replying but it felt as calloused as buying an old clunker from a buy here pay here.
ac$h is a scam. they get the broker to buy these horses for her,a nd then she racks up the price so ridiculously high and made over $860,000.00 in the yr 2010 - thats more then lawyers and doctors.. she posts horses who are sick or on deaths door - posts out incorrect ages, and breeds. and PULLS on the hearts of innocent people so she can make a living - yes this IS HER JOB.. there have been so many horses that are "bailed" and given to known hoarders, they ship to other states- or go back to auctions all the while people THINK they are livig the life- they are being deceived.. there are horses for sale on craigslist in Va and all over that people paid money to help get them to ''approved
homes- it is a racket - an almost million dollar racket- the 2 kids that help her - HER childrena dn her husband. are all in this for the money- she has lied, stealed, cheated GOOD people outta money, and the horses suffer- they end up dead- sometimes a week later and then BLAME the new owner, horses leave with NO healt cet- stay away. ad news.. she needs to be closed and brought under investigation..
This rescue does a great job. don't believe these liars. I have known this rescue since 2007. I have personally visited the rescue. I have seen the horses. I have met the people who run the rescue.
This rescue is truly IN IT for the horses. They do everything in their power to save lives and make the world a better place for horses.
BEWARE-THIS RESCUE IS UNDER ATTACK BY PRO-SLAUGHTER PEOPLE WHO SEND HORSES TO SLAUGHTER AND THEY ARE LEAVING NEGATIVE REVIEW'S THAT ARE A BUNCH OF LIES.
HBO, INSIDE EDITION, SENATOR MARY LANDREAU HAVE ALL VISITED AND DONE STORIES ON THEM! THIS IS A LEGIT RESCUE! DON'T BELIEVE THE PEOPLE THAT JUST WANT TO SEND THE HORSES TO SLAUGHTER AND NOT GIVE THEM A CHANCE! IT'S ALL LIES!
I'm sorry, I can't recommend AC4H, there is very little actual rescue that goes on, most of their focus is on their "Broker Program" and within that there is little to no transparency which is so important. Why would you want to help purchase horses for people you know nothing about (as they do)? Why would you want to contribute money to an organization that can't or won't show vet records when questioned, to a potential buyer, instead they typed in outrageous prices for items and sent that. When asked for a copy of the original vet bill, they balked and decided to "keep" the horse themselves.
If you purchase a horse from these people, make sure you know ALL the costs up front and have everything in order. Too many times I"ve seen money that was donated become mixed up with another horse, or worse. I've seen people have to pay for vetting/quarantine that was fundraised for already. There are many people, all over the US, who share these horses out but only one or two who truly know what's going on. This makes for such confusion that it's almost impossible to know what horse has funds, what horse is going where and other things.
If you want to rescue or help a rescue, find one in your area that's well thought of and donate your time and money to them. If you want to rescue a horse, just go on your local Craigslist and help a horse from there. Anything under $500 is likely to be purchased by a kill buyer anyway, they go all over the US, not just where this organization is. Save the shipping fees and you'd even be able to get 2 horses!
SCAM! Don't trust this woman as far as you can throw her. Take your money to a reputable rescue who documents, these horses have a tendency to disappear.
This is a rep. from the rescue who claims to have superlative knowledge yet lives a state away and whose only experience has been acquiring "a horse" from this rescue yet poses as an expert representative for the rescue. By what stretch of the imagination can her expertise be judged when she does not reside at the rescue, she has no intricate knowledge, she is not there daily and is not privy to the inner sanctum of the organization. So what should we base her expertise on? Is it solely based on phone calls from the rescue org. to her being spoon fed information from the organization to her that her expertise is to be judged upon?
This rep. is now soliciting for people that have had "good" experiences to write reviews and is using the ploy that anyone that has written a negative review (or perhaps an HONEST review) has been done because of another person. What makes this rep. from this rescue assume that people that have had experiences with this rescue, good OR bad; can't represent themselves and needs prodding from another? This rep. must have fairy dust and stars in her head if she REALLY believes that everyone that has an experience with THIS rescue has had a joyful and happy experience! From the facebook group page of this rescue written by the rep (full names removed);
Need to get the word out, Sally "PiP" S. the animal hoarder and others are sending people to guidestar to file fraudulent reviews. Please to to Guidestar and post YOUR positive experience. Many Thanks!
Take a good look at those words because it is an example of the manipulation this rescue commonly uses. "Sending people to guidestar to file fraudulent reveiws"? Sure, every negative review was written because the rescue wants others to think (the few supporters it has left is my guess) it was done because of another person, "Sally". Not true. People can still think and act for themselves and the comment that it's otherwise is an insult to any savvy donor or potential supporter of a horse rescue.
If you are considering supporting this rescue it would be wise to do some research and inquiries to others. Don't be fooled by this rescue organizations representatives fancy double talk and deflection to confuse with their slick tongues. This rescue has many and varied interests and providing horses to the general public is just one of them and like an iceberg more of the iceberg is beneath the waves where it cannot be seen than it is above. To my logic and IMO.
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This organization is a scam. They are currently under investigation! If you cant tell that by the outrageous prices, the double fundraising, raising funds for vet fees and then not proving it then theres a problem! They claim the meat man makes the prices but they are wrong..a draft horse does not go for a higher price...a draft is bigger bone and less desired by slaughter compaines! Do your research before donating! Go to a local rescue to see the place and animals before donating..these people play upon others emotions.
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I began donating to AC4H to help others bail slaughter bound Horses, my first donation was returned due to someone at the Rescue wanting the Horse I donated for, I turned around and put it to another Horse in need, on another occasion, another donation I sent was again offered to be returned as the Horse I donated for was direct Bailed, I asked that the money be applied to another Horse needing help, none of these actions are those of a dishonest Rescue, I would never have questioned the Rescue as my donations or gifts, not a right of entitlement, but they took the time and effort to tell me what was going on with my donations. A few months later i saw Palomino 8-17-11 and decided to direct bail her myself, from the beginning I was aware of my responsibilities as per their contract and that there were no guarantees as to her health or temperament. My Palomino arrived healthy and lucky for me with a great temperament, but I was prepared for anything, I accepted this before I bailed her. I have had nothing but great experiences with this Rescue and will continue to support their efforts. For many months I've asked, I've demanded and I've begged from those who spread these innuendo's to please show me some legitimate evidence that would prove their allegations, I'm open to listening to anyone with proof, make me believe it's not personal, make me believe it's not a vendetta and that you are doing these ugly things all for the sake of the Horses, make me a believer, because what I've read and seen is Ugly and in no way leads me to believe your here to help save the lives of Horses or to end their suffering. Nothing based in Anger and Hatred is productive it only serves to destroy. I'm always available for those who think my story is just another lie made up by the Rescues, I invite anyone who believes I'm a fake to come see my girl, I assure you I'm very real and she's alive and safe and that wouldn't be possible without this Rescue. Are these Rescues perfect, no, have they made mistakes, yes, have they saved the lives of Horses, yes and that's why I'm here, that's why I'll stand by them, stand up for them, because as long as their efforts save Horses, then they deserve my support.
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Witness to a horse being rescued from this rescue (not the broker lot). Horse had been in possession of this organization for months and was adopted out (sold) with every single rib showing. Not what was advertised in it's photographs. Either a different horse entirely or it was fed quite poorly and malnourished.
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I began donating to help "save horses" as they claimed these horses were heading for slaughter by Friday at 4pm every week. After a while, I began to see "deadline extended" and "horses held over another week" more often. It took months, but I finally realized that they were not "saving horses" as they claimed, they are simply SELLING HORSES. They give evaluations on horses training and health that are grossly inaccurate to the point of fraud and they use the threat of slaughter to emotionally blackmail donors into spending more than they can afford. Unfortunately, they used to funnel these horses that were paid for with donor money to another organization...Voices for Horses. They then turned more than 25 of them over to the Humane Society in Wyandot County Ohio where they were put to sleep.
Just MY experience, not second hand information.
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This rescue does great things! The previous reviewer has completely mistated and lied about the organization. My family adopted 2 horses and so have 2 of my friends.
The costs to adopt are listed on the website www.ac4h.com and the cost for a coggins is not 110, It is $55 for a coggins and transport. $30 for the coggins and $25 transport.
To slander this rescue and say they send horses to slaughter is despicable! The horses at the rescue get the best of care ALWAYS!
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