What to do with a foster horse you can no longer afford?-PLS SEE LAST PG,HOME FOUND!
I am at a cross roads here and I am hoping I am not the only one who has ended up in this situation.
Summary-Took in a registered foster horse via a New Holland rescue group last November. His description did not match the very small horse/pony that showed up at my barn late at night from a hauler. I had wanted to open up my extra stall to a horse in need on a short term basis (i.e. less than 6 months). This horse is not rideable due to his size and lack of training.
I provided rescue group photos, constant updates, etc on this horse but not one person has wanted to come by and take a look at him. I have two personal contacts there were intersted at one point but zero interests other than that. Admittedly this horse is a hard placement. He is small, not really trained, cribs, and has a genetic issue.
In the mean time, I found out that this rescue assists other foster horses with financial assistance. I had requested similar assistance 5 months ago but did not get a response. I have found a forever home for this horse but for some reason, I have not heard back from this group.
My health is not the best and I am trying to downsize as much as possible. I have provided the same for this horse as I have my own, i.e. shots, wormer, farrier, fly spray, grooming, feed, hay, supplements, etc. If he needs it, and I can swing it, he gets it.
Its coming winter and I am dreading having to take care of 3 horses over the winter. The rescue is not really communicating with me at all. As of next month, this horse will have been with me for a year. He is due for coggins and shots, etc.
I have begged, pleaded, and offered multiple options for this horse to the rescue but they fall on a deaf ear. I feel that if this horse has been under my care 6 months longer than I had put them on notice that I can afford, I need to do something. I know I could probably re-home this horse safely without an 'adoption fee' of $700 plus dollars but I do not know what my rights are.
I gave them until September 15th to come up with a solution for this guy. And the worst thing is that after 10 months, I am attached to him. I just want to see him in home where he will be loved and well taken care of. But I am trapped bewteen a rock and a hard place at a solution.
When does a foster situation become too much and what are my options? And has anyone else ende up with a rescue foster for years?