Originally Posted by Eolith
Hmm... well, depending on where you live would it be possible to look at horses a bit farther off? I don't know if you're in the US, but it might not be crazy to look at horses in other states. You may be able to find a decent deal on a good horse and pay a bit more for shipping as opposed to paying a premium for a mediocre horse.
I live in Ontario and so far I'm looking Ontario wide. I'm willing to pay hauling fees, etc and I actually have a pretty big overall budget. However, I'd like to spend less on the actual horse itself (project horse would be ideal!) and keep some of that money for training, vet care, emergency expenses, etc.
If by the end of the summer I'm still this discouraged, I'll definitely be spreading out to the US!