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post #1 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Free Filly

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?
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 03:55 PM
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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?
WE have gotten a couple of super nice, registered arab yearlings for free. I have been know to flat out ask "why are you giving him away?" One of ours didn't quite meet the requirements as they raise halter class horses. the other one, I was told, we can't sell them and make anything so might as well give him away.

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post #3 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 05:23 PM
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A vet check is a must. If she is healthy and of sound conformation and temperament it may be a good deal IF you have experience working with horses, especially young ones. If she has not been handled at all, can't be caught, or other problems even free may be too much if you are not experienced. TB horses are generally not for beginners. Do you have all the things you need for a horse? Place to keep, necessary food and shelter? Money for vaccinations? And most of all, a knowledgeable person to guide you?

Check my avatar. My mare was advertised as free. She turned out to be a good deal but I still put money into training and lessons. I was able to afford my investment in training because she was free.

If you go to see her, DO ask for the whole story of why they offer her for free.
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post #4 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 05:54 PM
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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 rare.

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.
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 08:21 PM
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Are they actually giving you the filly to take away and own yourself with the papers transferred to you or are they offering her to you to work with at their place under their supervision?
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post #6 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 08:25 PM
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or are they offering her to you to work with at their place under their supervision?
Yes, sounds like some kind of a catch. I can see someone giving away a horse to a known good home, but to advertise it? Something fishy is going on.
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 08:40 PM
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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 rare.

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.
I agree with Beverleyy, If I could afford to give away a nice young TB, I would certainly be looking for someone with a lot of experience and definitely not to someone to "learn" on
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post #8 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 09:46 PM
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I didn't read all of the replies, but if you are interested you should jump on it before the kill guys get her.

Ask your questions, have a vet check but get acquainted with the owners so they don't give her away to someone else.

Always remember the horse is always the cheapest expense of ownership. Its all the other stuff that will cost.

Good luck!
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 07:26 AM
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I don't know how the economy is in your area, but around here I find a lot of horses advertised as free simply because the owners need them out ASAP because they cannot afford their care anymore.

I do think you you need to be super careful in this, though. Maybe someone knowledgeable can come along on the visit.
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 09:51 AM
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In parts of US and Canada the cost of hay has gone thro the roof. In some areas a large $50 round jumped to $200. The OP should check in to the cost of hay in her area. The foal may be fine but raising it could prove a very costly adventure, which I'm sure the breeder knows. Feed it for a year and get maybe $800?



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