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Review for Another Chance 4 Horses Inc, Bernville, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have dealt with AC4H on multiple occasions for multiple years. Had purchased or "bailed" several horses from "The Broker's Lot" that the not-for-profit represents and was very happy with my experience.

The thing bout auction horses is that you never know what you will get. Trained, untrained, healthy, ill. As far as representation, these horses were represented to the best of the company's ability. Without multiple professional trainers, veterinarians and behaviorists, the non profit is doing all they can to represent the horses appropriately with little or no history on a particular horse.

Many horses do not have papers. Horses may have been registered at one point or another, but over the years, these may have been lost due to multiple ownerships and changing of hands.

The bottom line is (When you attempt to purchase an auction horse):

1. Horses are not guaranteed to be healthy
2. Horses may have behavioral issues that cannot be evaluated during their time at the "Broker's Lot"
3. Horses may have long term or short term health issues resulting in high veterinary costs or death
4. Horses may or may not have papers. If they have papers, they may not be accurate
5. Layover and health certificates may run over $100.00 that is expected - count for inflation
6. Transportation can vary in price, and the not-for-profit tries to find the best possible haulers for the job at a decent price.

From my experience, Christy Sheidy has been very accommodating, reasonable, and if a horse was shipped to the wrong location, she would arrange to get it shipped back and fund the shipment with out-of-pocket money.
Horses always arrived hydrated, and well fed, despite the fact that a few had been in poor shape. These horses are also regularly medicated, if they need to be, especially on a long drive to their destination.

I am disappointed to see so many negative reviews. It appears that there are multiple disgruntled persons who perhaps have misrepresented their intentions. The other half seem to have issues with the not-for-profit's yearly income, representation etc.

In all honestly, caring for horses is very expensive and at the end of the year, there is not much left from the numbers you see on a tax return. For many, a few thousand dollars is plenty of money, without realizing that this money has been already spoken for (bills).

Most of these negative reviews come from people who are not accustomed to caring for a rescue animal, do not have the ability to physically operate with thousands of dollars, and such money, never passes through their hands.

Caring for a rescued horse means that YOU WILL spend thousands of dollars on improving its life, keeping him alive or curing a chronic ailment which requires both time, work and, sadly MONEY.

It is also my belief that the economy had made many people "head shy", that want the best "bang" for their buck, and are missing the point. The point is such that this is what the economy is like at the moment, and that we all need to adjust, and stop having more requirements, stop becoming more bitter and blame it on the other person or a corporation.

The economy is making many people very unhappy with life, and even spending a few dollars more means that their dissatisfaction will be made more intense.

So why not think about the LIFE you are paying for ? Even if it meant that it lasted for only a few short months, and you have paid several thousand dollars to save it - is it really about the money ? Or did people lose their VISION and are concentrating on MONEY because that is what is happening in our world today ?

For me it was a life-changing experience. This is how I discovered the world of unwanted horses.

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