There are definitely some nice broodmare out there free. I gave two away. I can’t afford a non working horse for too long, but the two mares were super easy to swap. I said simply on one, “You can have the mare and I get the first colt.” The other was only a gift because I had a truckload of horses for a man who’s brother bred cutting horses.
That said, each mare was proven in a show pen and very well bred. Sadly, the one ended up being sterile from a bad bout with pigeon fever and I believe they put her down. The second she ended up showing and roping on her and sold her for a pretty penny, and she never was bred. I was irritated because I could have turned her, hiding her lameness, but I wanted her to have a cush life and stay sound for as long as possible, and I don’t roll that way anyways.
I realise though when you sell or give away a horse you are no longer the person making decisions.
I only say all that because if your name is out there as someone looking for a broodmare you probably could come up with a nice one with someone looking to just give them away or make a trade on a foal.
Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you? - Balaam’s Donkey