My current OTTB is a a "freebie." He was from a college girl who didn't have time for him and didn't want to take the time to sell him. I did go and see him/ride him before I decided to take him. I wouldn't say, just because the horse is "free" means there is something wrong with it and shouldn't be considered. I personally would never so a sight unseen. If you really wanted to try this horse out, and they are willing to bring it to you, I would do it on a contingency basis. If it didn't work out after x amount of days/weeks, then they would need to take the horse back. See how the horse acts when it first arrives. If it is rank right off the trailer, have them load it back up. If it seems droopy and listless, load it back up too, because it is probably drugged. Also, I wouldn't do this if you aren't experienced with horses either. I would be more likely to try something like this, but I have also been riding/training/showing horses for 20 yrs.