So, a couple of days ago a family friend of ours called us and said that they were going to have to give away their 15 year old gelding, and since we had said we'd be interested in him if they ever wanted to get rid of him, we'd have first dibs! He comes free, and with all his tack, too. The reason they have to get rid of him is because the owner of the pasture he was kept in wants to put cattle in, and told them they'd have to move him. Problem with that is they have nowhere to move him TO.
The man and his family don't have a clue about horses though. While we were considering the offer today I called him with some questions that my mom said our BO will want to know. I found out that the horse has had no vaccinations or de-worming, and hasn't been trimmed since LAST SUMMER... And even then it was by the guy's teenaged daughter, who doesn't know what she's doing.
This info made us want to take the horse even more... No wonder that horse is "stubborn to ride" now! When they very first got him he was ridden around bridleless, so that tells me he probably knows his stuff, but has been subject to some, um, confusion.
So, even though we haven't seen the horse before we are going to take him, at least temporarily. We are going to meet at the vet on Monday morning! I'm pretty excited.
As for the other horse, it's just a big maybe. This one is a nice 10 year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. The owners just want to give it away because it walks to slow. They only wanted to zip around! My BO learned about through our farrier today. She is going to tell the owners that we might be interested, and to get more details on him.
If we do get both, which is a little doubtful, I'm going to pick which one is my favorite/the best, and maybe donate the other one to NHR, the therapeutic riding center my mom and I volunteer at. If we had our own land I'd keep both!
Anyway, I'm excited! Pictures will be in order as soon as I can get them!