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post #11 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 03:02 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.
The mare I'm leasing/my coach owns was one dollar and she is pretty good(she's just stubborn mare who doesn't like to actually work)
But I agree with what you said!
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post #12 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 03:11 PM
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beverlyy I was given a 4yr old Arabian mare, sound healthy, good weight. The owner was scared to death of her. She was a beginner and something startled the horse and she scooted ahead. Owner fell off but wasn't hurt. She was convinced the horse had bolted and would do it again. I picked her up and she turned out to be the loveliest horse. animallover-take your coach and go have a looksee. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.



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post #13 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 07:12 PM
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beverlyy I was given a 4yr old Arabian mare, sound healthy, good weight. The owner was scared to death of her. She was a beginner and something startled the horse and she scooted ahead. Owner fell off but wasn't hurt. She was convinced the horse had bolted and would do it again. I picked her up and she turned out to be the loveliest horse. animallover-take your coach and go have a looksee. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Oh no no
This wasn't my thread
Although...there might be a free horse that has been offer to me(owner doesn't seem to "click" with the horse and has three others)
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post #14 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 07:24 PM
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Hey, timmy! What happened? (I hope timmy didn't fall in the well).
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post #15 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 07:27 PM
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My horse was free.
She was a long 4 year old, ready to start, but her owner had fallen off her own horse and was hurt bad enough that she couldn't ride for more than a year, much less start a horse. My mare was unregistered, never saddled, 14.2 and fairly refined (too small for anyone tall or heavy). In other words, virtually unsaleable. She'd been on the market for awhile with no takers and was headed for the auction.

Despite her being sound, willing, no vices, and of an age to ride right away, she has not been free or even cheap to make into a reasonable riding horse, since I did not have the chops to start her myself. Not that I regret anything, just saying.
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post #16 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 07:35 PM
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timmythenarwahl.... if you do go get this filly, make sure that there is not a clause that the 'owner' come get her at any time. This could be a scam to get a filly fed and trained for free. They could claim it was a feed lease. Get the horse ownership signed over to you . Or pay them one dollar as a sale.
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post #17 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 09:38 PM
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Is this filly offered for free from a race horse breeder? Sometimes racing stock that breeders/trainers know won't 'cut it' for the races are offered for sale for cheap or even free if they know they will go to a good home. I got my old guy from a race horse breeder/trainer for $100 b/c he knew he wasn't going to race and wanted him to go to a good home. I have to say that it was the best $100 + GST that I ever paid!
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post #18 of 20 Old 12-19-2015, 11:29 PM
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Most of the value of a horse is in the training. A young, untrained horse is kind of a hard sell unless it is of a valuable bloodline.

The horse will cost thousands to train (if you can't do it yourself). I could probably go out and get a youngster for a few hundred dollars, but that wouldn't gain me anything if I couldn't train it myself. That's why you might get a young horse for free. Because in the long run, it is cheaper to just buy a trained horse.

Free to $300 horse now equals thousands in training and feeding to turn into a riding horse later on (if nothing goes wrong).

$1500 horse that you can ride right now and feel safe on, priceless!
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post #19 of 20 Old 12-20-2015, 01:12 AM
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The reason YOUNG< UN BROKE horses are often free, is because someone just bred a mare, then realized they were not capable of training that horse themselves, the horse was not bred well enough to interest people that actually are in the market for a young prospect,and have the means of bringing out the potential of taht young horse
They then realize how much it would cost to send that horse out for training, so decide to cut their losses
Those that don't really care where that horse goes to, run it through the local all breed market, where there is a good chance it will go for meat
Those that care some, give the horse to a rescue
A few try and get that horse a good home, and someone to give that horse the chance they could not They thus offer that horse for free
Sometimes that horse is a cull from a breeding program, and other times, the result of some backyard breeding. I think this horse comes form the latter, as a horse person would not be likely to advertize that horse as being a great choice for a young person to learn with together!
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post #20 of 20 Old 12-20-2015, 11:08 PM
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beverlyy I was given a 4yr old Arabian mare, sound healthy, good weight. The owner was scared to death of her. She was a beginner and something startled the horse and she scooted ahead. Owner fell off but wasn't hurt. She was convinced the horse had bolted and would do it again. I picked her up and she turned out to be the loveliest horse. animallover-take your coach and go have a looksee. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I didn't say it doesn't happen. It certainly does (my mare for example). All I meant was that to find a truly good horse for free or close to it, doesn't happen too often. But it happens. Generally speaking, a lot of "free" or cheap horses have a good reason they are free. Sometimes that's due to lack of training, sometimes owner fell on hard times, sometimes there's a huge issue with that horse and owner is having trouble getting money for it. IMHO it takes a skilled eye and years of experience to spot why that horse is truly free and if it's worth it.
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