Originally Posted by franknbeans
I have no idea where you live, but I live in NOVA, which is pretty expensive, nothing like you are talking tho. (Noone would be able to have horses!)
Actually there are quite a few barns in the Nova area that don't think twice about a horse that's well 6 figures.
A lot of it is going to depend on what level you are, what discipline, and what kind of shows you want to do. If you're showing hunters at 3"6 (or even 3") and want to travel to (and win at) the top A shows? Yes, expect 6 figure price range. Easily. Although at 3" you can find a good one for upper 5 figures. If you're just starting off, want to do more local shows or lower level A shows, you could find a decent horse for lower 5 figures. So figure out first what your goals are and what's manageable in your budget.
Our barn is a big show barn but in a fairly inexpensive area of the country so our board is $650 a month. That's about average for the show barns in the area, although there is one that's $1200 a month (that also includes full groom service, which means you never have to brush or tack/untack your horse) I think you need to go around and find which barn best suits your future plans, then you can get some more specific numbers. If you want to be at the top, you often have to ride with the top, and shell out the big bucks. If you're just looking to show a little but learn a lot, that can be done at a much lower price tag.