Originally Posted by timmythenarwhal View Post
So I've been looking into getting a young horse to work with, and I came across an ad for a free one ("We are donating this thoroughbred yearling to a young person interested in learning the skills of raising and developing this young filly into an equine athlete. This filly is healthy, has good conformation, and is sensible.) The owners are close enough that I can visit, and I am inquiring about the parents, would have a vet come over to ensure health; but is there anything else I should be worried about? Why would this horse be free?
That would worry me right there. An owner willing to give away a yearling to a person to learn
with. That means they are willing to give away the horse to somebody who does not know what they are doing, and that's a scary picture.
I'm not saying free horses don't pop up. They do. Usually, IMO, there's a darn good reason why that horse is free. Other times (read: very rarely) do you find a free horse that is just that, a free horse. I got extremely lucky with my mare, whom I paid $1.00 for, and is quite a nice horse. In the world of free horses though, that is extremely
So, I'd really caution you on this. I don't know your experience level, I don't know the owners of this horse. But, I will say that if anyone is willing to give a yearling specifically to an inexperienced person to learn with (not calling you inexperienced, just that in the add that's what they state)....there's a darn good reason, and that'd be a huge red flag to a whole lot of people.