I don't want to start a fight, but I have to disagree with Saskia's comment. She stated that people who get free horses don't value them as much as someone who spends thousands of dollars on one. My horse was given to me for free, and after only a month of having her, I've had the vet out twice and the farrier out twice, which has cost me well over $500 total so far. I am preparing to send her to full training which is going to cost me $715/month, for at least 2 months, and I just ordered her well over $600 worth of supplies, including a vet kit, supplements, etc etc. I don't think that everyone who gets a free horse is going to step up and care for it properly, however there are those of us out there that will go above and beyond. Just because a person has money to purchase the animal doesn't mean it's going to be cared for. I was the director and founder for a small animal rescue(bunnies, rats, birds, etc), and while the cost to maintain these animals is much less than horses, there is still a major expense. I've been known to do home checks, vet references, personal references, etc, and based on what I saw, was willing to either set the adoption fee WELL below what was put into the critter, or not adopt to them at all. I firmly believe it's a case by case situation. I wish you the best of luck with your rescue, and thank you for taking in these horses to give them a second chance.