Most rescues are very good with how they place horses with adopters. But some are not. And it is hard to tell, which ones are good and which ones are not. Years ago I was looking for a rescue pony. One rescue I contacted encouraged me to go look at a very nice sweet gelding. It was at a vet clinic as the rescue was full up. Now...when I called up to make an appointment the vet started talking. It turned out the horse had not been handled, the vet (who the rescue had said was a brilliant horsewoman) could not touch the horse and was getting three people to come over to hold the animal while she took a blood sample, to see if the colt was gelded. They didn't even know if the horse was gelded or not. The horse was with another one and as the vet said they could not be separated without both getting very badly injured....the more I talked to the vet the less it sounded like the rescuer had described. I had never stated my level of experience, and the rescuer had never asked. So the rescue could have placed that horse with anyone. Anyone. And I've heard plenty of other accounts like the above from other people, many rank beginners or intermediates who still aren't ready for a rough horse. Folks, especially people who haven't handled a lot of untouched, unbroke, unsocialized horses, or aren't familiar with how dangerous unhandled horses can be, folks, please, please be careful what you believe. You may even have trained one or two of them, without getting the full picture of how bad some of them are. Possibly the worst is the unhandled horse that's also been abused. Erratic, unpredictable behavior is the norm. It's great to feel sorry for them, but most people need to feel sorry from a distance. Start by underestimating drastically, what you can handle. Underestimate how much time you have to work with the horse, and underestimate how much you can handle. Over-estimate the cost if you have to hire a trainer. Be aware that horses may be misrepresented. Take a more experienced person with you. Don't fall in love over the internet or on the phone and then press forward no matter what you find out about the horse. Have the horse drug tested by a vet. Check for signs of fatigue from being tired out or deprived of feed or water to quiet the horse. And don't believe most of what a person trying to move a horse tells you, whether it's a rescue or a regular sale. Not because they all are liars, but because you can't tell which ones are and which ones aren't.