View Poll Results: Would you trust someone who is giving away a horse for free

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Thread: *Free* horses

  1. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shapeshifter View Post
    It would depend on the circumstances, a lot of OTTBs are given away if they are proven not good enough,
    Absolutely. Just what I was thinking too.
    And dont think for a second that all trainers/owners are shonky dudes willing to offload their horses to any poor unsuspecting sucker just so they dont feel bad about sending it off on the puppy truck.

    Shapeshifter I would add to that quote - its not just the failures looking for new homes. Sometimes its the retired successful geldings as well.
    If you are lucky enough to get one of these they will usually be really good minded horses.
    I know a few trainers who will send horses to their own properties until they can find a good rehome for them. And they are searching for a forever home, not happy to just give them away to offload them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OakyPoke View Post

    Shapeshifter I would add to that quote - its not just the failures looking for new homes. Sometimes its the retired successful geldings as well.
    If you are lucky enough to get one of these they will usually be really good minded horses.
    I know a few trainers who will send horses to their own properties until they can find a good rehome for them. And they are searching for a forever home, not happy to just give them away to offload them.
    This is exactly what happened to me last year - I was given a gelding who had won nearly $1mill as a racehorse. He'd been sent out to spell for a while until a good home was found.. some owners really do love them


    But yes, totally agree with Lalique here, and Diamondrider was very mature to say that she'd accepted that advice, on another thread.

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    i'd say No in the perfect sense,

    but i'd take the horse but i'd pay a dollar! then at least you know you own it.

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    When you get em off the track spot you dont get papers or anything (so you cannot race them again - most old owners actually think they have paid their dues and deserve a break). Its just 'here you go'.

    I know what you mean, I spent literally months waiting for someone to pop up and say 'hey! That's my horse!'. Even though he was a rescue. Even though the owners live overseas. (paranoid perhaps?)

    Long story short I ended up meeting the owners and his old manager via email and they said things like "we are so happy to give him to you" so I squirreled those emails away in a special place in case I needed them LOL.

    Truly, they dont want them back. They just love the fact that someone loves them as much as they did and they have a good home.
    OakyPoke

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    My mum gave away ALL her horses. She didn't sell them.

    They were all rideable, all in good condition and all in perfect state of mind.
    Her Appy lived to be 31, he was used at the races to escort the horses out cause he was rock solid and didn't mind horses trampling over him.
    Her Ex trotter rescue went to a neighbour who had a back injury and couldn't ride any more, he was trained to buggy and went on to do shows.
    Her black pony went to multiple families to teach many kids to learn.
    She gave away her Percheron gelding Andy as another woman who was pregnant in the community was looking for a horse and mum didn't need him for work anymore.
    Emma, mums blind mare lived to be 26 at a friends property out at Drake she'd been diagnosed with navicular and was only used for light riding but lived a good retired life on the farm.
    Her Gray was gored out on the property by a boar.

    Not all free horses are dodgy, all the horses mum had given away were not shady at all but you gotta do your research and even though the horse may be free you should still invest in a vet check unless you KNOW the horse prior. Or you know the circumstances.

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