Too true. I've done a TON of research. And I've decided to look at other rescues for my first few years of owning horses, and later, once I get more information and knowledge, get a pmu foal. Here are a couple more questions I have for you:
1. Have you dealt with young foals that have had virtually NO human contact, except for people herding them somewhere that they dont' want to go?
2. Can you train a strong-willed colt or filly to do what you're asking him/her to do?
3. Half of the PMU horses are NOT drafts, but light horses. But yet, most horses that go out to people ARE drafts. Do you know how to work with a draft? Large horses in general?
4. We're not talking about that cute little foal at your stable there... we're talking about a young horse that has had no human contact, almost a wild horse. Horses that may not have "perfect" conformation, temperament, bloodlines, etc. Will you be OK with owning a horse like that for its ENTIRE life?
5. Are you willing and eager to put in the amount of time and energy that you need to? These foals need at least an hour or two each day, just spending time with them, caring for them, etc.
6. Can you afford the LONG-TERM commitment? At the moment, it seems like you're just wanting a cute foal for free, or for a cheap price. These guys need a lot of long-term care. Not all are extremely healthy. If you're wanting a cheap horse, look for a plush toy.
7. Can you train a horse? From foalhood to adulthood? These aren't some little foal that has had imprint training from birth. These foals are very much wild horses. And if you get one that's older (yearling, two year old, etc), you'll have even more problems. Can you deal with that?
8. Are you experienced enough to handle a horse like this? (this is one of the things I had to ask myself... and the answer came back as "no" for me. So I'm going to wait on pmu's for a while...)
9. What is your primary reason for wanting one? That is a biggy. I wanted to help horses... but I know others who just want a cheap/free horse.
10. Do you know anybody in your area that has worked with PMU horses and/or foals? Will you be able to get the help that you will need?
Answer those questions. Not necessarily to me... but to yourself. If you feel that you're answers mean that you should get one... by all means. Just be careful before rushing into something.