My 1st horse was free. My friend told me of some people she knew who were giving away 2 old horses coz they were selling their farm, and said she was getting 1, did I want the other?
I knew there was no way that my parents would allow it, but thought, what the heck, she's free, can't hurt to ask... and they said YES!!!
We called the owners and sussed them out, and they sussed me out too, which was good. Then, bcoz they were about 3-4 hrs away, we hired a float, drove up there, caught her loaded her and took her home. No vet check, no riding, no nothing. All the things you aren't
the owners said that if there were any probs to just bring her back, and we figured that since they were giving her to us when they could have gotten some money from the knackers, then they probably weren't shady or anything.
My mare hadn't been touched in five years, but she walked straight on the float, and was no trouble to handle, ride, anything. She's been an absolute angel, im so blessed to have her!!!