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post #31 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 12:36 PM
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It sounds like you have backed away from this deal.
I would always want to get my eyeballs on a free horse before taking it. The only time I might accept a free one would be if I knew the owners well enough to trust their assessment of the horse, it's condition and level of training, etc.
Hope he finds a good home. Free is just too tempting to many people with limited knowledge.

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post #32 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 12:49 PM
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My trainer bought her main mate sight unseen but did every possible vet test from scoping/X-rays etc before buying her. Even then the made had a buck on her that wasn't mentioned but since been fixed and she is awesome . So if you have the money and are willing to do all the extra tests you could be ok but I personally couldn't without at least seeing him move first and possibly ridden.

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post #33 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 01:05 PM
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I have never had a problem selling an arabian. In fact I find it easier than selling a QH and I live in QH country.
I also have about six free horses here at the moment and about 10 total in the last 2 years.
Only 1 had health issues and 1 has training issues.
I would do my homework and get as much information as possible about the horses history.
Maybe you should insist that if the horse is not sound or is dangerous they take the horse back. Solves the issue of what to do if anything is not right. Shalom
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post #34 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 02:15 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.

I took in a freebie 3 yrs ago and still trying to fix her "issues" :/
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post #35 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by onuilmar View Post
Too bad your parents won't help with a horse that you've tried out. But it sounds like you've figured out how to ride and train, despite their objections.
It makes me mad because my parents are like "yeah we can go check out the horse..." We go and check it out and I love the horse, then its "No, not in our best interests right now." . They wouldn't pay for me to have lessons so I had to go on a search for someone kind enough to give me lessons for free. It worked out great because I found a really awesome retired horse trainer so I get riding and training lessons.

I got their number so I'll call tonight and get details on the horse. I got an email from my friend saying they can't bring him up and I have to go down and get him, so i may have an oppertunity to look before getting. BUT since I don't own a horse I have to trailer .

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post #36 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 06:37 PM
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I've bought from California, South Dakota, and Minnesota - all sight unseen.
If they passed the PPE and the person I sent to scout them gave me the thumbs up, I'd buy. Haven't had an issue yet.
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post #37 of 39 Old 04-10-2013, 10:19 PM
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A PPE passed with flying colors, a trusty scout giving you thumbs up, the reason given that the owners wish to unload it doesn't send a red flag waving, and your gut instinct telling you, "Get the horse" should suffice.

I bought a "heart car" sight unseen once - a Toyota wagon which ran & ran - a super car! It was in the next state, & guy said he'd drive it to me if I'd buy. The important thing is that my gut said, "YES!"
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post #38 of 39 Old 04-11-2013, 02:06 PM
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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.
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post #39 of 39 Old 04-15-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the horse found a home so I won't be may be for the best :)

Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high. Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky. And live like you ain't afraid to die. Don't be scared, just enjoy your ride - Chris LeDoux
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