If you're spending money, why spend it on okay confo, when you can spend it on good confo? Horses are cheap nowadays, and the prices are only going to go up. I bought two fillies this year for really cheap because I know that when prices go up, I wouldn't be able to afford them.
Understandable...perhaps save a little and keep looking?
With all the money time and effort youll be putting into the horse don't settle for anything less than what you want. Been there done that...almost quit riding.
You wouldnt believe what I paid for my 2 year old...Ive been offered 4x what I paid since I bought him. Those horses are out there. If you were close to LA I could sell you a nice FWF palomino gelding for $1500
When you're looking for horses, they don't have to have "BARREL PROSPECT" all over their ads. Look at the horse first, look at it's confo. I see a lot of horses advertised at barrel prospects just to get more people looking and to make the horse seem to be worth more money.
Up here, I saw really nice, well bred 2 year olds going for $1000 and under. I don't see what more you can ask for! The fillies I bought for $750 were the high sellers of their age group! Some long yearlings went for $250.
Where are you located? We could help you look for something near you...