No, he's free. I'm going to call the couple and get all the details, but its hard because it's one thing to see the horse in action and his behavior, then it is to talk about it over the phone. I mean, what do I even ask?
If I got him I'd board him. I don't own a horse myself. I've always been hired by different people to ride and exercise and train their horses. And I don't want to get him, see he's a bad horse, and then have wasted money boarding him. But, since he's free, if it doesn't work out I can sell him possibly.
I'm weary about this whole thing and am thinking about backing out of the situation...
Be very weary. One can edit a video to make an insane horse look like a wonderful saddle horse.
Questions to ask, if you are still pondering this:
- Why are you selling him? (I *always* ask this question.) In addition in this case: Why are you giving him away instead of selling him? (This is a very valid question, and be leery of the response and listen carefully for inconsistencies in their story. For instance, I see a *lot* of ads online that advertise a well broke, beginner-ready horse for sale or trade for a horse that's well broke and beginner-ready. Um what?)
- Does he have any vices, such as weaving, cribbing, etc?
- Does he have good ground manners? Does he tie/lead/load/etc well? Is he easy to catch and handle?
- Is he saddle broke? If so, what does he know to do? Does he have any vices under saddle?
- Has he ever been lame or sick? May I please ask for a reference from your veterinarian?
- Are you opposed to me getting a Pre-Purchase Exam on this horse from another vet? (*Note: ALWAYS do this even on a free/cheap horse. You can avoid spending a crapload of $ on soundness issues, etc by getting a PPE. Oh, also - mention that you'd like the vet to draw blood.)
I've said it before and I'll say it again - free horses can end up costing a LOT in vet bills/training bills and you *CANNOT* count on just being able to sell the horse on quickly if you don't like him. You could end up sitting on him, paying board and farrier bills for months on end. That's a very real possibility.
Sight unseen? On a free horse? Again, unless it was from someone HIGHLY recommended and someone I trusted 1000%... no siree. Too much risk.
A 4 hour drive is not much when you're talking about your health/safety. Beware that unfortunately when it comes to money, people can be ... stupid. It's not unheard of to have a sale horse drugged - again, worst case scenario, but be on the lookout. Go visit the horse if you're thinking of getting it :)