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post #21 of 27 Old 06-30-2013, 10:54 AM
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The only way I would give a horse away for free is to someone I knew very very well.

While it is true horse lovers will value a horse given free or not others who just want a horse may not. Of course you aren't guaranteed if someone pays for a horse they will value the horse either but there is a better chance if for no other reason than they've got money in the animal.
It needs to be more than the meat man pays.

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post #22 of 27 Old 06-30-2013, 11:31 AM
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Doesn't matter what price the horse is - it matters more to be picky about who you allow to take him or her home. Screen the buyers. Don't be scared to ask for references - especially vet references.

Yes, some people don't value a free horse, then again others don't value any "cheap" horse, while others can drop a fortune on the purchase price of a horse and still neglect it. Other people out there will cherish the animal no matter what the price. Thinking that someone paid for it means they will value it is just false security. The best way is to screen the potential new owner. Long conversations with lots of questions - give them plenty of opportunity to talk and of course verify things with references.

I have given a couple horses away free and I've sold a couple horses over the years. The free horses ended up in wonderful homes that were still happily giving me updates a couple years later. One or two of the homes I sold a horse for a fee left me feeling guilty and wanting to cry later due to things I found out after the fact.

You will get more crap inquiries when you list a horse free or cheap that you will have to wade through but if you screen properly a good home can be found.

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post #23 of 27 Old 07-01-2013, 09:16 AM
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How does one assess "the right home". People's standards of "the right" home vary. I see adds for companion horses all the time mainly because the owner doesn't want to deal with putting the horse down. Why would someone want a lame, or arthritic horse or one that's nearing life's end, and the vet bills they will face? As much as I love horses there's no way I'd take one on.

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post #24 of 27 Old 07-01-2013, 09:59 AM
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I would put priced to sell or price negotiable, or reasonable priced.
I wouldnt put free, as shes more likely to go to the knackers then.
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post #25 of 27 Old 07-01-2013, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by HowClever View Post
I would be more inclined to put "price negotiable, home is not" or "price to be discussed". Putting "free" tends to attract some unsavoury types.
I really like this way of advertising a horse that needs a good suitable home.
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post #26 of 27 Old 07-01-2013, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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So far I've had a few good inquiries, and one that sounds like it's going to be the right home. I've met the person and she seems right.

And it's hard to be sure though, isn't it? I'm going to deliver her so I can see where she is going. I'm one of those people who "over-care" a little with my horse. I mean I rug and feed everyday, but I guess that sort of stuff isn't necessary really, if you've got a big property with grass, and it's just a companion horse. Part of me wants to keep my horse forever so I know she'll always be okay, but I can't afford two horses long term. Even now, she's just sitting in the top paddock and until yesterday I hadn't even caught her in three weeks. And I think she'll be suitable for someone else, who only wants to plod around occasionally.
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post #27 of 27 Old 07-01-2013, 10:42 PM
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I've known people who did the "approved home" only to find out later that the people "taking" horse were shills and they immediately gave them to meat buyer.

If you can't care for this horse? PTS is best for it.

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