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post #1 of 67 Old 10-30-2013, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Question Budget Friendly dressage horse – breed ideas?

I can’t afford a 70k FEI Master (Purebred Warmblood) so I’m looking for more of a Toyota Corolla version dressage horse prospects. My max budget is $7500 but would prefer to spend in the $5000 range. I would like to show a training level and move my way up to 2nd level. I’m also looking for a good disposition (close to bombproof). Any breed ideas or X breeds that would fit this criteria? I’m not ready to pull the trigger on a purchase yet, just trying to get some ideas for what I should be aiming for.
Maybe a Warmblood/Arab mix?
OTTBs?
Warmblood/Appaloosa Mix?
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I've never heard of a wb x appy, that does not sound like a good cross.

There is a breeder in ND called prospect hill farm, they have lots of great hano x tbs. They are also in your price range, but mostly unbroke.
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Thanks Gypsygirl, I'll check it out. I was hoping for a horse that's already broke to ride, but with little to no show experience.
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Warmblood/Arab or any taller half Arabian might be a possibility. Google "arabian sport horse" to get an idea what you're dealing with.
Appendix Quarter, leaning a bit more towards the TB side, is another. Or an OTTB, from one of yhe good rescue/rehab centers, you'd get quite a bit of horse for your budget there(New vocations is a good one). I've also found the TB's here are a lot calmer and less difficult in character than where we come from
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What is your max age range?

Sometimes a been there done that is a bit cheaper, but if you are looking to train your own (not from scratch)... perhaps look at a lease with potential to buy?

I took a big risk and bought a green broke 3yo stallion. Gelded him, and he turned out to be a complete pleasure and dream. I paid €3700. All you need is a VERY good trainer, and the ability to be patient and learn yourself.
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Warmblood/Arab or any taller half Arabian might be a possibility. Google "arabian sport horse" to get an idea what you're dealing with.
Appendix Quarter, leaning a bit more towards the TB side, is another. Or an OTTB, from one of yhe good rescue/rehab centers, you'd get quite a bit of horse for your budget there(New vocations is a good one). I've also found the TB's here are a lot calmer and less difficult in character than where we come from
I actually have some experience riding Arabs (Polish lines) and thought they were a good fit for me but figured I need an Arab/Warmblood X in order to move up the levels in Dressage. I'm only 5'4 and don't weigh very much so I figured I should aim for a horse between 15'2 and 17'0.

In Germany, Arabs are for rich people, and Warmbloods are for working class, so imagine my surprise when I moved to the States and found out that the opposite is true here.
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What is your max age range?

Sometimes a been there done that is a bit cheaper, but if you are looking to train your own (not from scratch)... perhaps look at a lease with potential to buy?

I took a big risk and bought a green broke 3yo stallion. Gelded him, and he turned out to be a complete pleasure and dream. I paid €3700. All you need is a VERY good trainer, and the ability to be patient and learn yourself.
Wow, that was risky move - glad it worked out for you. I have a great trainer (Bronze, Silver & Gold USDF medals) but don't know if I can afford to pay for a horse AND then add expensive training on top of that. I was hoping for a horse that's completely broke to ride but maybe doesn't know the high level dressage stuff yet.
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I KNOW.

Arabs out here.. 12,000 for E grade, not going any further, 18 yo gelding. I THINK NOT aha

They are getting better though ;)

Saying that, my new area is darn expensive.
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I actually have some experience riding Arabs (Polish lines) and thought they were a good fit for me but figured I need an Arab/Warmblood X in order to move up the levels in Dressage. I'm only 5'4 and don't weigh very much so I figured I should aim for a horse between 15'2 and 17'0.

In Germany, Arabs are for rich people, and Warmbloods are for working class, so imagine my surprise when I moved to the States and found out that the opposite is true here.
oh, I was working class and bred Arabs there lol.
You can get a purebred Arab and show in breed shows, to avoid the big horse stigma.
I've recently seen a few warmbloods offered in my area well within your budget. Just yesterday a super nice Trakehner mare for 2500$.
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Interesting. I remember Anglo Arabs were a popular X in Germany back when I lived there, but I had never seen, touched, rode a purebred Arab until I moved to Oklahoma. They are everywhere around here.
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