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Anyone have experience with AC4H (Another chance for horses)?

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  • Anyone have experience with AC4H (Another chance for horses)?

    Anyone have experience with these guys? I've been looking for a dead quiet broke completely unflappable (walking) trail sound horse for my mom who has Multiple Sclerosis for some time now. They have a mare on their site who seems absolutely perfect.


    That's their website. I'm always weary of these sort of organizations unfortunately. Is this a good one to work with?

  • #2
    I've worked with them on the fundraising side. They seem to be a good organization, and have close ties with other reputable rescues. Good luck finding a horse!


    • #3
      I would do a search on the forum here to get more information on the personal experience of people here. Granted, you will find a lot of differing opinions and you will need to take all of them with a grain of salt.
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      • Original Poster

        Ah, sigh. I didn't realize that this had been beaten to death already. Enough said. Thanks for the heads up!


        • #5
          We adopted a mule from them and another girl at the barn adopted a really nice tired gelding


          • #6
            All other opinions aside, I think the biggest thing is that if you are looking for something really dependable and bombproof, it's a total crapshoot to get a horse from a broker lot like this - you have to depend completely upon the descriptions that the volunteers give, which are based on very short interactions with the horses. So you really have *no* idea what you're actually getting. Sometimes it works out, sometimes you end up with a horse with major problems that weren't immediately apparent, and everything in between.

            IMO, buying from the brokers is something you do only if you're willing to assume some risk if the horse has quirks or isn't as advertised.
            "smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"

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            • #7
              Most people on here hate them.

              I had a good experience with them.


              • #8
                You seriously have got to be kidding right....better luck on the Give Away Forum or try contacting a Theraputic Riding program to see if they wish to sell something...


                • #9
                  I don't have experience with them, but if you have the means and where with all to give a horse a chance, the worst that can happen is it's not suitable for your intentions.

                  I wish you luck on finding the right fit for your mom.


                  • #10
                    It's a total crap shoot. I got a Haflinger from them 2 years ago - on the video he was a doll and there was a kid popping on and off of him and he was very well behaved. But he did point his toe every time he stopped (red flag, I hoped for an abscess). He arrived with full blown strangles which was a nightmare, but he recovered from that. What he didn't recover from is the shoulder damage he has, which is what I took a gamble on when I saw the video and hoped for best case scenario. He's great boy but now he's just a fancy looking pasture ornament. Sadly, very trainable and the best personality in the world, but with a chronic condition.

                    It wasn't worth it IMO and I'll never do it again.

                    As far as dealing with them - they did everything they said they'd do and I had no problems with them, but I won't take a horse without a PPE again.


                    • #11
                      I fostered a horse for them. It wasn't a bad experience for me. But, he was a special needs horse who needed a lot of care. I knew what I was getting into ahead of time. Sadly, he didn't make it and Rick and Christie thanked me for all I tried to do for him. I'd work with them again. They're not fancy but seem to do the best they can with what they've got.


                      • #12
                        Here's what many on COTH think of AC4H:



                        • #13
                          Originally posted by judybigredpony View Post
                          You seriously have got to be kidding right....better luck on the Give Away Forum or try contacting a Theraputic Riding program to see if they wish to sell something...
                          Therapeutic programs are a great idea!
                          We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


                          • #14
                            How much time do you have? The only "rescue" you could search on this forum that could possibly yield more fodder is SWAP. Steer clear.
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                            • #15
                              Hopefully there are some good rescues that you could get a horse from, rather than a broker--because of the buyer beware problem.

                              I thought I would look for my next babysitting type horse from a good rescue that vets out the horses (soundess-wise and rideablity-wise) for you as a good rescue wants a good match also--to me it is woirth the extra money to give it to the good rescue--as the horse would more likely work out and it would free up space for the rescue to take the risk to rescue another horse.


                              • #16
                                I sent you a PM about a horse looking for a home...
                                "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority." Rick Warren


                                • #17
                                  A feedlot or auction horse would be a bad idea if you really need to know for sure the horse will be appropriate for your mom. The good news is, though, that the rescues are bursting at the seams with horses that they have had for a while and know something about. Getting a horse from a rescue that you can have a PPE done on and try out a couple of times at least also opens up a spot for the rescue to take in another auction or feedlot horse.
                                  "The captive bolt is not a proper tool for slaughter of equids they regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck fully aware they are being vivisected." Dr Friedlander DVM & frmr Chief USDA Insp


                                  • #18
                                    I would not risk looking for such a horse in a broker or feedlot program. You never know exactly what you are getting. You could be stuck with a horse you cannot use, and at worst you could end up with something unsafe and dangerous to your mother. Look to reputable rescues which screen, vet, and train their horses, allow you to come with your Mom to meet and try out the horse, and will allow you to return the horse if it turns out not to be suitable.


                                    • #19
                                      As I read this, seems OP needs a horse with a history of being safe above all else.

                                      You can't get that here because you depend on either somebody who is desperate to be rid of it or some volunteer who may have good intentions but really doesn't know what they are talking about-because they have not known the horse long enough to be sure of anything. And there are some volunteers that are not experienced enough to make a decent recomendation.

                                      Have to add alot of horses that hit hard times are pretty quiet at first but when they get healthy and are not scared and defensive any more? Watch out.

                                      I wouldn't buy anything without a proven track record being bombproof over a goodly amount of time. The handicap suggestion is good, they get alot of donated horses they can't keep and sell to fund their program. Maybe a college as well...they sell most of their donations but will have had it long enough to know if it is safe or not.
                                      When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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                                      • Original Poster

                                        I guess I misunderstood the organization. I thought they were a rescue- I didn't realize they were acting as brokers. That said I didn't really read over the website before posting, lol.Thank you all for the advice and a special thank you to the private messages I received regarding horses that might suit our needs .