Be careful of how judgmental you get of rescues, RG. Things aren't always as they seem. For one thing, just about every rescue has at least SOME enemies. Horse people are not always nice. People might go around 'talking smack' about a rescue for many different reasons. A gal round here bad mouthed one just because the gal had gotten a few 'up down' lessons away from her twenty years before. Yes, some rescues are bad. But not all. And some go through management changes and get cleaned up, too. There's a couple around here that are good, a couple that are bad, and a couple where the owner is...well....kind of not 100% believable, makes the horses seem like they're better trained and more beginner friendly than they really are, but isn't exactly 'totally dishonest', and the horses are not show groomed but are healthy and their feet and teeth are done. Also....trying to make money isn't really that evil. Even rescues have to stay afloat and people need to be paid something. So be careful of what you believe. And often, the rescue isn't going to share all the details of the horse's issues. So the story may not 'hang together' based on what you know, but they may not be able to tell you more. As an example, someone may have donated a vicious horse to the rescue with the request to try to have their trainer retrain him, and if that doesn't work, please euthanize him rather than see him go to some novice who could get very badly hurt. The rescue may have agreed to keep the problem quiet so the previous owner isn't gossiped about too much (the horse world is full of gossip, be very careful what you believe). It's very, very common for people to not tell others what's really going on, to save the previous owner some humiliation, and to ease the horse out of the previous home. Especially if you seem judgmental or suspicious, they won't tell you, "The vet gave Daisy's fracture only a ten per cent chance of healing with mild or no pain or disability. He told us to be fair to the animal, it's best if we euthanize her." So always keep in mind, you may not even have 10% of the story. Don't judge. Always remember that a horse YOU think is 'perfectly fine' may have a really serious problem and the only real choice may be to euthanize the horse.