Yes, you can get a horse for free or really cheap. Your trainer did, but she is a trainer and can work through issues. I assume if she's going to train your horse for you, you will have to pay her. Unlikely she will do it for free. Having a coach and BEING a trainer are two vastly different things. Given that you haven't even figured out where the horse is going to live, I'm guessing you haven't worked out the details of how much it will cost and what your horse trainer will charge to help you retrain a problem horse or train a green one. It's unlikely she will want to just give you her time.
I guess I'm just saying that often, people try to save money on the purchase price of the horse and it ends up costing them a lot more in the long run. Most people in here will tell you, buying the horse is the least expensive part of horse ownership!
And when I say 3000-4000$ for a well-trained horse, I mean English or Western. Of course that will vary a lot depending on where you live, but that's what you have to pay in our area just to get a reliable, safe horse. Which, if you are a beginner rider, is what you should really be looking for.
Very wise of you to bring your coach along to see this other horse!
I'm going to keep the horse at my coach's place and she knows how to train horses as she has a lot of experience with horses and everything. Plus she does have some students who will do it for free too as they are more advance riders and love to ride.
I'm not going to get a green horse at all(or try my best not to! Hence why my coach will be coming) I'm not particular looking for a young horse either. I'm looking for one that's more likely 10 year-20years old
I don't live in a too much expensive area really. Plus the horse lives outside too that's another factor so board is cheaper.
Within reason, I'm pretty sure my coach if she gets a new/another horse that needs some work, she usually get her students to do it.
Trust me, with any animal, the buying price is the cheapest thing. I own dogs myself.
Horse got sold to it's old owner so it's no longer an option but that's okay. I'm a patient person and willing to wait for the right one to fall in my hands.
The horse that this original thread was about is available again but...I'm pretty sure the owner wants to do a quick sell to help her with vet costs of the other horse...