Thanks all for the comments! And yes, unfortunately, cutting is not a cheap hobby... A "finished" cutting horse takes years to accomplish (and lots of money in training fees).. I lucked out, and bought my gelding for a relatively cheap price, because although he had a ton of training, he had not been shown much due to his previous owner. My advice would be to talk to a trainer in your area, or someone else who does show in cutting...some trainers who are not as "well known" may be able to work with you a little more on making training fees a little more affordable for you if you are in fact serious about getting your horse started in it! One word of advice though, a green cutting horse and a rider who is new to cutting often don't learn very well together! It is better to start off on a finished cutter who can show you the ropes, then in turn you will learn how to school your beginner horse.