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post #1 of 12 Old 02-15-2009, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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yeah...i might be stupid. but...

i was offered a free 4 year old TB pretty sure hes an OTTB. hes got papers. my uncle called me asking me if i wanted him because someone he knows is trying to give him away. he was at work so i didnt get too many details on the horse. but my mom said "we will pay for gas if you want him!!" (or something close to that) and hes in question to you guys is. is that i know this is probably a bad idea. but. if i sent him off to a trainers and got him atleast started a month undersaddle do you think he might be able to work out? i dont like thoroughbreds as it is but since hes free my parents are kind of considering it. i just dont know what to do.

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-15-2009, 10:06 PM
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i think you should meet him see how he is for all you know he could be malnourished and have alot of problems that would cause huge vet bills and i would say if you liked him and for free i would try it if not you could always find someone else who might love him
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-15-2009, 10:14 PM
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My horse was free and she's the best thing that ever happened to me (to borrow the cliched phrase) so you never know. Definitely check him out and get a vet check if possible. If you don't seem to click with him, than see if maybe you can take him to shape up and then resell to a loving home?

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post #4 of 12 Old 02-15-2009, 10:23 PM
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you need more info on the horse before you jump in and get him. get current pics and talk to the current owner. The training depends on the mind set of the horse- tough to say if a month undersaddle with a trainer wil do tons

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-15-2009, 10:28 PM
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oye vey.

I know FREE HORSE might sound so wonderful, but trust me.... They can come with strings attached. I know that this situation isnt like the one I went through, but I dont want you or anyone else for that matter have to do what I did.

Cover all of your bases. Go see him, get pics, get a history, get a vet check! Just be careful hun.

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-15-2009, 10:38 PM
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Sorry bud but if you are asking the question you are doubting your own answer.Free sounds great but make sure you get as much imformation as possible before you decide to have him.He may be the horse from heaven or hell.Good luck bevie
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 05:29 AM
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Definately check him out, he's free so what can you lose? But be wary, my TB was 6 when i got him, and re-educated, and even though he's really sweet, he's not for a novice. A 4-year-old doesn't sound like a good idea, but you never know, he may be wonderful. Good luck!
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 10:03 AM
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"Free" is a misnomer. Rarely do "free" horses come without a tag of some kind -- vet bills, training bills, behaviorial issues... I have had great success with all my "free" horses, but you seriously need to check the horse out closely so you know what you are getting into.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 12:53 PM
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Brianna, you know how I feel about this, sorry hun..

You sold your mare because she was too much horse for you.

You have been looking for beginner safe horses ever since.

A 4 year old OTTB .... is a handful on the best of days.

Yes, it's tempting because it's free and your parents said okay... but.... please just pass it by. I can almost guarantee you will have problems.

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post #10 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 02:16 PM
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If you go through with it pay them a dollar for the horse and print out a reciept for the horse that they can sign when you take delivery of it.

After what my wife (Moxie) went through with her free horse, it may save you a lot of headache.

If you can't convince them, confuse them.
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