07-15-2010, 08:59 AM
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First, you need to get a thorough Vet Examination done, to ensure that the horse is sound or will be sound in the future. Xrays, Ultrasounds - and then go from there with price.
My MIL always says "A horse is only as worth as the fool who'll pay."
This economy is pretty rough, I know horses who are being given away. My Coach is always being offered Eventers for free, horses who are Advanced and Intermediate because friends of her in Kentucky cannot keep them.
People are getting OTTB's for dirt cheap if not free. I was just offered a TB Gelding for free, 11 years old jumping 3'6".
You need to take a step back, find someone educated and experienced in the field to help you look, to help you negotiate and to help you find that horse that you want, to Event with. There are many out there, just be smart about it.
Don't look at horses online, I never do. Go to local barns, go to trainers, go to fellow Eventers and ask around. You'd be surprised what you could find.