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        03-19-2010, 10:31 AM
    Heck, I can't go to the feed store anymore without someone accosting me, asking if I want to take their horses.

    Dude, just 'cause I'm buying feed and hay doesn't mean I want ANOTHER mouth to feed! Especially your untrained, wild as the March wind, 2 y/o grade plug.

    I got JJ for nothing, but his owner didn't approach me. He was on the COTH Giveaways forum and I contacted the person who listed him, who put me in touch with his owner.
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        03-19-2010, 11:06 AM
    I can't count the number of free horses I've taken on.

    All three that I currently have; my previous pleasure horse, the big bay TB before him, a couple of ponies....

    Also, you can walk down the shedrow the closing week of the meet at any racetrack and pick up as many free TBs as you want....
        03-19-2010, 11:58 AM
    My Arab was free.
        03-19-2010, 12:22 PM
    My horse was 3 years old the first time I saw him. I put my hand through the fence to pet him while he was eating and when he saw my hand, he took off like I had electrocuted him! Turns out he was abused by the trainer that halter broke him and then he was put out to pasture deemed "untrainable". I was working at that barn and was assigned to get him ready to sell. When I'd enter his stall, he'd shake in the opposite corner. He'd jump every time I moved the fork when cleaning out his stall. 6 months later, he trusted me enough to take him out and work with him in the arena but it was still very hard to catch him in the pasture. We had to trank him to get his feet trimmed. The owner said she could never sell him so I could have him if I wanted him. I took him and 2 years later we're riding on trail and doing dressage. He's an awesome boy but was certainly NOT free. I've spent ooodles of money on training and care! But, totally worth it. We have an amazing bond now.
        03-19-2010, 08:20 PM
    My horse was a gift from a hay customer. How I got my Horse, Oakey
        03-19-2010, 09:04 PM
    Green Broke
    One of my current event horses is a freebie (the bright bay in the pic on the left). Just because they are free doesn't mean they are worthless! She is one of the best horses I've ever had. Wouldn't trade her for anything
        03-19-2010, 09:09 PM
    Well, a few weeks ago one of our neighbors offered to give me a couple nice QH mares. To bad I have so many or I would take them. Very cute little mares. But all in all, if i'm going to feed one more mouth i'd rather spend $$ on something I really like.
        03-21-2010, 12:23 PM
    We've had a few free horses, we've only just received a mini stallion, the kids love him and he pulls the cart really well :)
        03-21-2010, 04:45 PM
    My friend gave me her SB.

    I don't have a problem with people giving me horses. I have a problem with people trying to buy the ones I want to keep!
    Every time I meet the neighbors of the place I board at, they offer to buy at least one of my horses. They think my warmblood would make a good roper, and/or they want to breed her with a donkey and get a mule out of her. Lol
    Yea, that's NEVER going to happen.

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