I've seen it on other blogs, I've read it on Fugly and others... and since everyone else can air their opinion, I figure it only fair for me too!
There's LOTS of folks out there, single family units (read - NOT rescues), directly, or indirectly, asking for donations to rescue their sick horse. I've seen everything from "my poor Pony-Horse, he's been with us since he was a colt, and we're too broke to get his surgery done, and he won't enjoy his 34th year on the farm with us if you don't pay for this life-saving surgery"... all the way to "This is our 18th rescue, and if she doesn't get this exploratory surgery, she'll suffer... please help". Okay, maybe both are dramatizations, but I've done enough reading to see plenty of situations where "it sure would be nice if someone else would pay for it."
So here's my take. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is MY Opinion only... not the views or opinions of anyone else anywhere... so if you're offended, shoot me an email. We can settle our differences, but let's be civil about it. Thanks!)
If you ask the first time, okay. If anyone donates, its of their own free will. I'm okay there.. When I start getting puzzled, is on the fourth, fifth, or more "rescue case horses". If you were too broke to rescue the first one, why did you take on another one? By definition, most skinny rescue horses need vet work. If you find one that just needs groceries, even that's gonna cost you some precious dollars. All three horses that have lived at my place have needed their ample grocery supply (grain, hay, supplements, hoof care, etc). But with each one, I knew I had "work" to do - ribs to cover, coats to clean up, hooves to shoe, etc. I never went online, asking for anyone's cash to help pay my bills.
So if it's your first, and you didn't plan on it being that expensive, or had some family emergency that ate your horse fund, I understand. You can ask, and if you get donations, cool for you! However, when it comes to you taking on the second rescue, knowing how much the first one cost, go ahead & ask. But don't ask me... I'm all fresh out & just not that gullible.
A good conversation starter, don't ya think?