Originally Posted by wtwg
I would avoid "free" horse until you get a lot more experience. No one gives away a well trained, sound, beginner safe and dependable horse. The general rule is that free horses are project horses. In fact, anything under 1000$ is generally a project horse.
Before you get a horse, get a trainer and take some lessons. If you're asking these sorts of questions, you are not ready for your own horse. Even after you get some experience, get your trainer to look at horses with you. All of this will take time, and money, but you will avoid getting hurt or ripped off.
Just because you paid more for a so called well trained horse doesnt mean you can't get hurt. Don't care how well trained a horse is. Fact is they can all hurt you so don't be lulled into thinking well trained means you wont get hurt.
Even well trained horses get scared and can run you over,or buck you off. Horses will be horses no matter how well trained. Theres a saying you can take a horse out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of the horse.