I know a person who got an OTTB as her first horse ever, she was a complete beginner. They made it through just fine, and she's a better horsewoman now than a lot of people I know who have been doing it longer. You just never know what's going to happen, you have to let people live their lives.
I am a first time horse owner. I have no knowledge of horses nor do the people in my family. Luckily, my horse is very kind and patient. He has taught me a lot and is very forgiving of my stupidity! I knew immediately the moment I laid my eyes on him, that I didnt know enough about this very large and powerful beauty. The very first piece of advice and most important I got right here off this forum (from arrow actually) is that the first thing I should do is earn the horses respect and take the leadership role. After that, I did lots of research on that subject and with arrows tips and all that I learned during my research...I was able to accomplish that. I research, watch videos and ask questions everyday always trying to learn more.....but now that I have respect from my horse, my mistakes are easily corrected...if things arent coming out like they are supposed to or Major is getting confused..i just go back to the basics...no big deal. What im trying to say in my long winded way is that it can work just fine...just point your friends in the right direction.
Not all Horses from Petfinder are horrible and not good for begginers(sp?). Yes, a majority of them seem to be, but you never know.
I will, when I get my first horse, first look on Petfinder then Horsetopia.
IIt coudl depend on the person's experience with Horses. If they have only ridden already perfectly trained Horses, well, maybe they don't want to look there. If they have been on old calm Horses, wild fast Horses, etc., then I don't see the problem.
From the Horses I've been on from a clam 28 year old QH, to a kid hating Appaloosa, to my crazy mare who doesn't know the meaning of slow Petfinder would be an okay place to look. But from what I explaned first (Person who has always been on calm well broke Horses) maybe not.
Im new to horses but we got real lucky on our 2 geldings.They are still learning and so are we.Luckily I live in a horse community, if I don't know the answer I could find someone that does real fast.We are eager and take in all advice and simple use what works for us.Not into the rough cowboy teaching, just plain ol respect of the animal and patience. I think just about anyone will be fine if they are safe, and treat the animal good(health,feed,etc)bond w/ your four legged friend.I am loving it thus far, hope to have my boys a long time.And I expect to keep learning til the day I hang my reins for the last time!Boy Im glad I found this forum.
Unfortunately I don't know that there is much you can do. It happens all to often. People who sell a horse because it is slightly to testy for them but then end up buying another horse of equal life experience thinking that things will turn out better than the last time. As long as humans are around, you will get those irresponsible horse owners.
You could try sitting down with them and making a list of all the things that involve horse ownership and all the problems they might encounter with a trained seasoned horse vs a rescue. That might work? There is only so much you can do.