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post #11 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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If it were me, I would absolutely want to see the horse before I bought it. Even if it was a horse from person you knew (under the assumption that they wouldn't sell/give me an unsound or poorly mannered horse or anything). Especially since all you know is the breed, age and color of the horse.
I would contact the guy, get more details, and arrange a visit before jumping into anything.
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post #13 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 08:36 PM
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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 :)
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post #14 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 08:52 PM
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I wouldn't. Too risky.

Like what someone else said, I would only do it if it was a good trainer and has a good history with selling horses. Or I would ask a vet around that area to check the horse out (health wise) and pay him. Or I would even see if I have a friend around there and ask if they can go see the horse and report back to what they saw.

Even then I wouldn't be 100% on board. I'd ask for pictures, etc.

EDIT: I just want to add, even though you've seen pictures there is a small possibility that the horse has some sort of dis-conformity, bad conformation, etc. and it was edited out with Photoshop.

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post #15 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
Ever taken on a "free" horse? Generally they cost more in upkeep (training, vet bills) than a horse you pay a decent amount for.
Actually I have taken on a free horse. Had him for about 23 years. He was an OTTB. He was quiet enough for my husband to ride.

A key point in my response was if the OP had the facilities to handle him - since she is now talking about board in subsequent posts, it behooves her to be a little more circumspect about her decision.
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He won't be perfect but he may be a good learning experience for you. I bo't one sight unseen and knew of his spookiness. He has taught me so much when I thought I was teaching him. I did take an arab I was offered and never regretted it for a moment.

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I may have to drive down and see the horse, it's just I don't have time. I have an exam on Saturday and Rodeo this weekend, and fair the next, and then the fair parade too.

I'll find out the details hopefully tomorrow on this horse. But right now my gut instict is telling me not to get it and I'm going toward my gut instict. The hard part is that my parents have never been for me getting a horse. I've looked at many and have been shot down everytime. Now that the horse is "FREE" they're on board. And I keep trying to explain to them, free or not it's still going to cost money and in the long run the original price for the horse will be small compared to the keeping costs! They don't understand....Money isn't an issue. They're just...uptight and think horses are a waste of time .
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I have some experience training horses, and am in the process of training a bratty, spoiled horse right now who hasn't been ridden in years. I work with a trainer and am a sort of apprentice to him and I do plan on being a horse trainer. But the horse still could be too much to handle.

I'm also thinking the same thing as Saddlebags...

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post #19 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:17 PM
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No, no such thing as a free horse, you have pay to transport him to your boarding facility, for that price you could buy a horse that you could inspect.
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post #20 of 39 Old 04-08-2013, 09:23 PM
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"ROAD TRIP" and then only after lots of Q's and pics.
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