Free horses are for people who are dedicated to their cause. Most have some sort of problem, not all, you might luck out.
This reminds me of FWDEquine's post. :(
I also whole-heartedly agree. Mom's gelding has no known history. He's a sweetie on the ground but flips 180% when tacked up. Did I mention that he was sent from a neighbouring province as a problem horse and had suffered a broken nose at some point in his then, 7 years? He has flashy movement and listens like a dream in halter. Chester was plopped into the boarding herd with my girl Cerra who instantly fell in love with him. (Cause she's a sucker for geldings.)
My parents then decided that town wasn't the place for them and bought a nice-sized acreage. At this point, Cerra was the only horse and I began searching for a companion. (Enter Bailey.) The BO however, convinced my mother up and down about Chester. He's so gentle! And kind! And don't worry about the nose, he pulled back in a halter while being trailered. It's just cosmetic. You would be so good for him! (My mother has never ridden a horse in her life at this point in time.) He also had rear-feet issues and the story the rest of us BOARDERS were told was: "His previous owner was riding him and he freaked out, so she got rid of him."/"Owner's kids were riding and he freaked out, so she got rid of him to be safe." -- Already, different stories and events. FREE HORSE TO A GOOD HOME!
Yeah. No thanks. Dad bought a retired ranch horse for $2,300. He needed farrier work to repair the cracks in his hooves and is partially blind but is DEAD BROKE. I rode him a few times and then decided that Chester could use the exercise as well. No. He pinned his ears at the girth. He was spooky with the tack on, to the point where he spooked and ripped back in the tied halter. I lead him around instead with a bridle on, stop/turn/circle, etc. He is simply too much horse for me (and my parents). This is a free horse.
Cerra, hell, she stood there as I plunked the saddle on, adjusted it and yanked up the girth. (I wasn't exactly gentle with her... LOL) No halter on. And then followed me around for a bit. I bought her for $350 two years ago and since, the seller has expressed regret at selling her. She's got a heart of gold and I couldn't ask for a better attitude. If she had been free, I probably wouldn't have bought her... then again, we all have to take a chance at some point in our lives. Gotta keep things interesting. :P