Poll

Free Horses

Have you ever gotten a horse for "free" (without the previous owner asking for compensation)? Tell us about your experience.

Yes
69%
348
No
31%
154

Total votes cast: 502

Comments & Write-in Answers

Lady had been sitting mostly, Lady was hight strung, now she is better a working progress

7/17/2017 10:22:06 PM

Owner moved and couldn't take him with her. I was private barn owner, so he continued living with me

7/17/2017 10:11:33 PM

always pay

7/17/2017 7:56:46 PM

I always insist on paying $1,just to make it legal and binding They all worked out fine!

7/17/2017 7:52:10 PM

I purchased one horse and one got thrown in on the deal.

7/17/2017 7:20:52 PM

The owner had health issues and knew I would properly care for her horse, long term.

7/17/2017 7:01:40 PM

My first horse was free. He belonged to a college girl who couldn't afford to feed him.

7/17/2017 6:57:16 PM

Purebred 3yo Arab gelding,didn't fit into owners' breeding progam. Had him 28 yrs. Best horse ever.

7/17/2017 5:43:35 PM

The horses were given to me because he was in ill health and needed a home he approved of for them.

7/17/2017 4:30:59 PM

Once was a Shetland pony & once with a skinny filly. Both were good transactions.

7/17/2017 3:11:29 PM

Worked for him excercising horses, he just wanted a good home for her!

7/17/2017 12:08:55 AM

they wanted a good home for a horse no longer able to race e

7/16/2017 9:47:44 PM

I have been given a few horses from people who were no longer able to keep them so they'd be safe

7/16/2017 5:05:19 PM

I was given a beautiful, 19-yr.-old Tennessee Walker. Heʻs a brave, well-trained trail horse!

7/16/2017 4:06:20 PM

I have gotten several free horses. Not a good idea. All had some sort of health/behavior problem.

7/16/2017 4:02:44 PM

Originally belonged to a friend that needed to rehome him but didn't want to take him to auction.

7/16/2017 3:14:21 PM

I love horses

7/16/2017 12:24:34 PM

A mini they didn't know how to handle. He was a brat. Now he is one of my favorite driving horse

7/16/2017 11:27:01 AM

I took ownership of my first horse just this April. He's a 20 yo American Quarter Horse gelding.

7/16/2017 9:18:35 AM

Well, I took $1 to make it a legal sale. Best $1 I ever spent!

7/15/2017 10:49:11 PM

I have had 4 horses, 1 mare, and 3 geldings given to me free of charge. All from friends recommended

7/15/2017 10:42:22 PM

She is an amazing horse, not a super great show horse but she taught me a lot.

7/15/2017 10:41:18 PM

got one for $150

7/15/2017 8:23:43 PM

Everyone of the mare's previous owners had given up on her. I spent 4 mths working on the gnd w her

7/15/2017 7:11:48 PM

I haven't had the opportunity yet but would definitely do it and plan on doing so in the future

7/15/2017 5:21:25 PM

A warm blood was donated to my therapeutic riding group. He did not work out so I adopted him.

7/15/2017 4:57:09 PM

Had to "fix" some things initially but learned so much more and became the best horse I've ever had

7/15/2017 3:51:26 PM

@13yrs old my neighbor gave me pal colt we just Celebrated his 27bday

7/15/2017 10:50:39 AM

An OTT gelding, delivered by the trainer. Lovely horse, very pleased with him.

7/15/2017 9:11:59 AM

We were given a14 yr old mare, both grandpa's Grand National Champions & still in top 10 bred to.

7/15/2017 5:00:42 AM

Free horse trained it and had another guy try to say he owned it. Since then I get proof it's mine.

7/15/2017 2:00:43 AM

One for behavioural issues and one for soundness issues both ended up good horses

7/15/2017 1:26:59 AM

Got all but one of my 7 Arabians free.

7/14/2017 10:36:54 PM

Yes got a small mare out of go an go and she ismart healthy good mind only she needs more

7/14/2017 9:44:28 PM

Honey was wonderful. She was 19 when I got her and lived to be 32. Great teacher, perfect 1st horse

7/14/2017 8:35:09 PM

I have gotten wonderful horses given to me because people knew I would give them a good home.

7/14/2017 7:56:58 PM

"catch it & have it". Woman was known to give away then claim them when going well. not this time!

7/14/2017 7:12:26 PM

From a rescue.

7/14/2017 6:19:37 PM

Given a 18yo for companion horse for

7/14/2017 5:54:45 PM

Free retired trail rider - he is 31 and the love of my life!

7/14/2017 4:45:39 PM

I've been told people to value things they get free, so I always charge something.

7/14/2017 4:43:51 PM

2xs. Free ponies.

7/14/2017 4:41:44 PM

Was a bottle baby that we were forced to euthanize a year later due to safety reasons.

7/14/2017 3:51:21 PM

Solid palomino 4 month colt unwanted by Paint breeder given without cost.

7/14/2017 1:20:54 PM

I gave a horse away for free and it has been horrid because the woman had told me 2 different storie

7/14/2017 1:07:51 PM

Yes: Free Home to Good Horse with a lifetime commitment. I own 7 free horses (of 12.)

7/14/2017 12:37:35 PM

The owner was going to put the horse down and gave her to me instead.

7/14/2017 12:22:51 PM

I needed a companion for my horse, they needed a home for a lesson horse no longer usable.

7/14/2017 9:06:00 AM

I have got several horses for free . One friends were getting a divorce and neither could keep the

7/14/2017 8:22:01 AM

I wish I did

7/14/2017 6:18:28 AM

it was a very good experience and a great hors

7/14/2017 12:30:24 AM

No horse is "free," but yes, from my dad! Still have her. 19 and works as a therapy horse now.

7/13/2017 9:39:17 PM

I was given a horse that I really loved because his owner just didn't have time for him.

7/13/2017 9:24:13 PM

Horse brought to my place to die but lived 4 more years.

7/13/2017 6:23:16 PM

unwanted weanling filly, well fed, but no training, raised/trained her, sold her to a good home

7/13/2017 6:03:02 PM

The finest horse I've ever ridden, vicous and unpredictable with others, but we get along.

7/13/2017 4:54:15 PM

My first horse was being given away by the parents of a girl who was more into boys than horses.

7/13/2017 4:20:56 PM

Needed some vet work... 3 years and $15,000+ in vet bills later I gave her away as a broodmare...

7/13/2017 3:05:38 PM

I found a woman who needed a retirement home for a lightly rideable draft cross. Worked out great!

7/13/2017 1:46:17 PM

I have 2. One is still paid for by her breeder

7/13/2017 1:01:05 PM

But I have given away a horse for free with no restrictions.

7/13/2017 11:09:34 AM

Thoroughbred off te racetrack

7/13/2017 11:03:17 AM

My 2 quarter horses were free! Great horses!

7/13/2017 10:47:10 AM

Yes 2. One OTTB, and a Tennessee Walker. Both needed homes or would go to rescue or slaughter.

7/13/2017 10:30:51 AM

Got one obese with prev. undiag. chronic founder. One obese with previous.undiag. knee bone chip.

7/13/2017 8:57:23 AM

2 times from friend's divorces, and many offers from people that can no more aford to have them.

7/13/2017 8:45:12 AM

I rescued 3 horses and a donkey.

7/13/2017 7:56:57 AM

I have gotten two horses free. Both thoroughbreds. After I bought a farm for my horse, I needed a

7/13/2017 7:55:51 AM

because people don't want to keep an older horse around based on expenses and health issues

7/13/2017 6:53:23 AM

A local horse got hit by a small truck, not severely injured but as you can imagine certainly needed

7/13/2017 6:52:19 AM

He's an injured thoroughbred who will require at least a year of rehab.

7/13/2017 6:07:01 AM

A racetrack reject, I got Cody as a 4 yr old in 1984 and owned him till he died age 35. He was mine

7/13/2017 5:23:57 AM

A laminitic horse I spent 2 years rehabbing, given to me by the owners. Same w/a rehabbed foster hor

7/13/2017 1:56:37 AM

Got two older geldings from a therapeutic school that closed. Fantastic experience

7/13/2017 12:56:24 AM

has been a good experience but wish I could have gotten more info about the horse

7/12/2017 11:26:04 PM

3 of my 4 horses were free..the 4th was $350.00

7/12/2017 10:56:39 PM

My mini was given to me for free. He has locking stifles and had just retired from combined driving

7/12/2017 8:10:41 PM

They didn't want the horse. said he was too small. taller & heavier now.

7/12/2017 8:02:09 PM

And he finished 4th in the nation for solid pinto last year...his upkeep is not free tho..lol.

7/12/2017 7:42:38 PM

I was given a Morgan Anglo Arab for free with the promise that I would actively use her.

7/12/2017 6:48:54 PM

Mare&foal at gate, research, traded foal for mare Reg.(ColonelFreckles)papers

7/12/2017 5:41:13 PM

2 "rescues". 1 very skinny/foundered OTTB. Turned into a wonderful horse.

7/12/2017 5:38:34 PM

Gorgeous 8-year-old TB could not be sold bc. behavior issues under saddle & on ground

7/12/2017 5:19:58 PM

Sorry; ain't no such thing as a "free" horse.

7/12/2017 5:05:14 PM

Most expensive horse I ever owned medically!

7/12/2017 5:00:47 PM

5 free horses total. 3 of my current 5 were free, 1 was in lieu of money owed and the other was 350

7/12/2017 4:57:18 PM

The horse was lame and about to be euthanized

7/12/2017 4:19:19 PM

I have owned 9 horses. 6 of them were free. 2 of those were nuts. The other 4 are wonderful.

7/12/2017 3:12:19 PM

Over the years, I have had two wonderful horses given to me for free.

7/12/2017 2:29:07 PM

OLYMPIC LEVEL EVENTHORSE, GOT HIM DUE TO AN INJURY, GREAT TRAIL HORSE LIVED 2B V OLD

7/12/2017 1:48:59 PM

I was given my 1st horse. She was a tough old thing-taught me a lot!

7/12/2017 12:39:44 PM

All 3 were free in the purchase portion. but nothing is really free..vet, training, etc.

7/12/2017 12:26:59 PM

We have a lesson barn and several owners with good quality horses wanted them to have a safe home

7/12/2017 12:11:11 PM

But really there is no such as a free horse

7/12/2017 11:12:50 AM

I received a very well bred, young and lovely Arabian mare and a spectacular welsh yearling filly :)

7/12/2017 11:06:17 AM

arabian/TWH 1 of the best trail horses we ever owned. A true gift horse!

7/12/2017 11:05:51 AM

I am a small adult. My tall friend owns a Riding School. She gave me a pony that bucked kids off.

7/12/2017 10:55:42 AM

Owner outgrew a pony and wanted to make sure she went to a good home. She was a difficult ride

7/12/2017 10:52:29 AM

Beautiful horses in my life... 5 came to me free, 3 I bred for.

7/12/2017 10:31:25 AM

1 was abandoned by his adopter and rescue didn't want back , 2nd owner has died

7/12/2017 10:29:31 AM

Doing that requires knowledge. Blind trust is fraught with perils.

7/12/2017 10:15:53 AM

One of my minis-inherited him when I bought the farm--best part of the my move!

7/12/2017 9:00:32 AM

My first horse was a POA/AQHA cross. Sweet, untrained 2 yrs old. We learned together all was well.

7/12/2017 8:59:46 AM

One was a door prize, another a trainer just put in the trailer with my horse and said, "Take her."

7/12/2017 8:55:49 AM

My first pony was given to me when I was ten years old by an older woman who wanted nothing in retur

7/12/2017 8:13:51 AM

My 1st horse; she was 3 years old and not suitable for the previous owner's beginning child rider.

7/12/2017 7:52:44 AM

I've gotten 2 "free" horses, both stallions, both untrained.

7/12/2017 7:49:20 AM

Had many offered usually had chronic costly conditions that the owner didn't want to deal with

7/12/2017 6:26:25 AM

Our hay supplier recently gave us a mule! Handsome & friendly, but not trained.

7/12/2017 4:50:11 AM

Milly (an ex Racehorse) was given to me two years ago after half-leasing her for 6 months.

7/12/2017 4:40:28 AM

Yes, an older Molly Mule to keep my QH Gelding company.

7/12/2017 2:50:18 AM

rescue horse= a companion for my horse=best deal as horse showed potential /trust ,after many owner

7/11/2017 10:47:19 PM

One of their quarter horses threw an appaloosa, and he said, "I don't want a horse with spots!"

7/11/2017 10:29:42 PM

I presently have 2 that came to me for free with no background info at all. Both had issues.

7/11/2017 9:50:11 PM

Horses that were older, not broke, had mental/physical issues, behavior issues, etc.

7/11/2017 9:03:27 PM

Great for all concerned due to commitment of all parties

7/11/2017 8:45:58 PM

My farrier gave me her roping donkey, who is still with me ten years later.

7/11/2017 8:41:02 PM

a good friend gave me a mare I was riding for her after I lost my colt to colic surgery.

7/11/2017 8:11:38 PM

Several. They have been some of my best horses. You have to be able to work though some difficulties

7/11/2017 5:23:54 PM

Yes, I have 4 that I got for free all have turned into great horses.

7/11/2017 5:00:13 PM

Horse was two.Found wandering on town sq. Now 7.She is wonderful.Law never able to find owner.

7/11/2017 4:57:06 PM

I have gotten 2 both horses were not a problem but people around them were.

7/11/2017 4:56:26 PM

I was given a mare that loves people but hates othor horses.

7/11/2017 4:35:49 PM

Actually got several well trained and good all around horses free. Be patient and look.

7/11/2017 4:32:54 PM

Yes, a friend has given me two wonderful horses. If I had to give mine up, I would do the same.

7/11/2017 4:30:56 PM

Two young, healthy mares I have now had 20 yrs and will keep always

7/11/2017 4:23:34 PM

They could no longer keep him, and liked how I cared for mine, so they gave him to me. Great horse!

7/11/2017 4:22:56 PM

I took an OTTB on a 1 mo trial. I wasn't interested. Then I couldn't get them to take him back.

7/11/2017 4:13:33 PM

Yes, I've been given 6 horses in the past who need a soft landing and were/are wonderful.

7/11/2017 4:12:29 PM

I recently adopted 2 ex show horses that are perfect for trail riding but could no longer perform at

7/11/2017 3:07:22 PM

A lovely, well trained mare w/ anhidrosis. Owner had changed hobbies and wanted a good home for her.

7/11/2017 2:42:35 PM

horse given for pasture mate

7/11/2017 1:27:13 PM