You need to understand that in our neck of the woods (Canada) the horse market is very much alive, and that for 1000$ (in most places) you can't get much. Depending on the area, maybe you can get a decent yearling for that. Certainly not a trained horse though. (unless someone is dying to give it away or something). But if you want something decent that IS trained, you need to look into the higher thousands.
Yes, I will back this up 100%!!! If you're looking for a $1000 horse, you're looking at poorly bred foals or horses with major issues. In fact, I was just looking at a rescue horse that was $900, UNBROKE, and had a serious hock issue that would make him suitable for pleasure riding only. And here, $900 was a suitable price for him. To get a trained, talented horse up here, regardless of discipline, you're looking at at least $10,000.
My Percheron mare was unbroke and $2000, and she most certainly does NOT have the potential that this boy has - she's a pleasure/trail horse only and does not offer and sort of impressive movement. Her conformation isn't so great, with a straight hind end and a very long back.
Even for those of you who don't like saddlebred movement, you cannot deny that he tracks up well and will be able to engage his hind end with proper training. I think that $3500-4000 would be the accepted asking price for this boy here in Canada. Prices are ridiculous here right now!