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        07-28-2012, 11:02 PM
    Check with a college near by that has an equestrian team. Sometimes they will have amazing athletes that just doesn't work for a team setting and need only one rider either for adoption or for sale. I know Auburn has quite a few, I will ask about our hunter jumpers that are for sale but I know most of the adoptees are lame and need to retire so you wouldn't want them. It wouldn't hurt to check around though.
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        07-29-2012, 10:22 AM
    Yes - I agree with the latter part of Saskia's post and the point she was trying to make - make sure no matter what that FUN falls in there somewhere. Having a horse you can goof off with from time to time on the trail or even take to a playday or something with friends is fun.
        07-29-2012, 12:10 PM
    I just bought my first horse - he's a 17 yo TB gelding, "been there done that" and I am so pleased with his calm manner and wonderful gaits. Yes, he's older, but so well schooled, really, a school master. He was a deal at 3500. I agree with some of the posters to get more skills under your belt, and I will continue with my coach for as long as we need...

    He is a real confidence builder. At first I was reluctant to buy a horse "that old" but now realize all along he is my heart horse. Posters commenting about financial commitment are right on as well. Its an adjustment. 4 shoes every 6 weeks at 190! And full board! Best wishes in finding your perfect match!
        07-29-2012, 04:18 PM
    I think $4k is a perfectly reasonable budget. Of course there are a lot of horses more than that, but that's true with most budgets.

    I only looked for a second, but there's a couple in your area who are under your budget by quite a bit. Have a look at some sites and I bet you will find a bunch.

    I had a quick look for horses in your area, and there are a few. Horse ID: 1774499 - Princess Silver Horse ID: 1772373 - Megan
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        07-29-2012, 05:54 PM
    You can find good, all around Quarter Horse jumpers in the 4-6k price range. They have decent to good foundations on them because often you can find them as Western Pleasure rejects turned pasture puff or trail horse that are retrained for low level H/J. Many of them can work 3' no problem and will take you through all of your 2' to 2'9" easily.

    You might have to do some more training and conditioning on them yourself, but I've seen a lot of good sized QH's make game little jumpers.
        07-29-2012, 07:49 PM
    Yes, my 17hh QH had GREAT scope over fences - I broke/trained him myself and sold him as a 6 yr old novice eventer prospect for under $4K...he had very basic groundwork under his belt - very minimal dressage, but he had great natural ability and drive and took small fences with ease. He's kickin' butt and taking names apparently from what I hear through the grapevine.
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