This mare isn't a beloved pet who has earned a lifelong place in our herd (as several others have). She's a pasture ornament who costs us $300/month to keep. She is also the reason my right knee will never be the same. (I tried to fix her really spoiled under-saddle manners so she might find a good home as a light-duty riding horse. She rewarded me by flipping over backwards with absolutely no warning.)
Twice over the past two years, I found this mare a new home. Twice, she came back to me. The first time, the person moved and decided to get rid of all her horses. The second time, a concerned citizen called me to tell me the mare was half-starved. And that second home was the one I checked out in person, the one with a gated entrance, pretty white vinyl fencing and lush green pastures.
People often don't seem to value things they get for free, so after two bad experiences giving her away, I advertised the mare for sale for a nominal sum. I bought a premium Internet ad ($50), and had plenty of photos and even video clips. Six months later, I had received exactly zero serious inquiries (unless you count the gal who said she wanted to come and see the mare, but had to save up gas money first, or the backyard breeder who wanted to trade me one of several home-bred yearlings she hadn't been able to sell).
I'm still diligently trying to find this mare another home. But the prospects don't look good. This mare is pretty, a cherry-chestnut sabino overo, and her sire has sired several APHA world champions. But she's not sound, not rideable, and is unproven as a broodmare at age 13. No one seems to need a pasture pet, especially when sound riding horses are being given away. Most folks are finding it difficult to afford the horses they already have. The rescues are full. The humane choices look like spending $300/month for the next 15 years, or euthanizing the mare. Let's hope it doesn't come down to that. But it very well might.