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April 18th, 2014 at 07:24 am

G-dammit. I was just offered a very nice horse. For free. An aquaintance of mine from a previous barn is going tyo have her knee replaced and cant afford to keep her horse because she'll be missing out on months of work. She's also just getting older and the horse is becoming more of a burden than enjoyable.

So she's offered him up for sale. She privately messaged me and said she'll give him to me for free if I was interested. In a year or so she can take him back if I wanted to give him up.

She was hoping I qualified for free or reduced board at the barn I'm working for (I don't).

I like this guy. I haven't ridden him but seen him go several times and he just moves nice, has a pleasant personality, and lots of potential.

But even at a free price, horses are friggen expensive. I would need to purchase all the equipment for him (conservatively guessing about $2k) and then upkeep. My barn charges $800/month.

It's not an option to take him at this time. Sucks.

9 Responses to “Free Horse”

  1. Another Reader Says:

    Barns here are pricey here as well. What about pasture or owners of smaller properties that board for extra money? Sometimes that's less than half of what the fancy barns charge.

  2. Mooshocker Says:

    Sorry about this and I can honestly say it's the first time I have ever said anything like this on this blog site, but the very first word you typed shut down my overall desire to read your blog. I am very sad. Happy Easter nonetheless.

  3. klarose Says:

    Holy cow. $800? That is almost double my house payment. Embarrassment
    I have/had horse(s). They are expensive. My horse is at my house, but back when I had to board him it was up to $140 a month and I thought that was ridiculous. I cant even imagine paying $800 a month.

    I had 3 horses at one time. Even keeping them on my own farm they were eating me out of house and home. I sold 2 and kept my first horse. He is old, and I havent ridden him for probably 8 months. But I keep him because of sentimental value.

    Honestly. Im not as horse crazy as I used to be. I got burnt out long ago, and they just arent worth it to keep, to me. Expensive and dangerous.

    With horses I think horse lessons are the way to go. Less care, less expense, and if you need a break you can just stop and come back later. Owning a horse is a lot of responsibility. Just my 2 cents.

  4. klarose Says:


    Posted from the long time horse owner who has been bitten, kicked, bucked off, and had to spend thousands of dollars on upkeep, one too many times.

    Ive only fallen off a couple of times in all my years of riding. But the last time I had a nasty concussion, and short term memory loss. I just got back on and didnt even realize I had fallen off because I blacked out. My student that was riding with me at the time, told me. That can scare you.

  5. Another Reader Says:

    Wealthy suburban horse owners are a different species. The hunter-jumper crowd out here pay thousands every month to maintain and ride their horses. If they show, that's even more.

    With hay at record prices, feeding a horse here costs as much as what klarose used to pay for full board. Like boats, horses are a very expensive hobby.

  6. BuckyBadger Says:

    Your title scared me, but you made the right choice. As we horse people know - there is no such thing as a free horse. I've owned and ridden H/J for over 20 years and the purchase price of my horses throughout the years has paled in comparison to their upkeep throughout the years. I spend well more than my mortgage payment every month in horse expenses.

    I am very lucky that I am able to do this; we are in a very good place financially. Even keeping a horse on the cheap isn't cheap, and it's irresponsible to take on the upkeep of a horse unless you're prepared for an emergency vet bill. I once thought about adding up what I spent on horses yearly - or heaven forbid what I've spent on them over the last 20+ years - but I am not an insane person and I have no desire to know what that number actually is!

  7. Jenna Says:

    If the owner wanted to give him to you why wouldnt she give you his saddle and stuff as well? It doesnt sound like she will be using it during recovery. And if she wants him back in a year she could have her saddle back too. You had mentioned that hte place you work was a super high end private facilty as well. Arent there regular barns that charge less? Barns that dont have fancy features like secutiry gaurds? But if you dont want him, you dont want him.

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    IT sounds like a wise decision. Sure, it could be cheaper, but it sounds like a tremendous financial responsibility. Probably something you don't want to just jump into at the moment. I am all for taking advantage of opportunities, but I am also all for going with my gut and realizing when the timing is just not right. There will always be another opportunity like this.

  9. TashaC. Says:

    Mooshocker- sorry to have offended you. I'll be more careful in the future.

    Anyways- I appreciate all the support. I didn't realize so many of you have been in the horse world. I'm used to people thinking its like getting a dog. "just get it! It'll be fun!" is what I hear from my non-horsey friends.

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