^^^ Exactly. Take your time finding that perfect horse. And older isn't always better. All depends on the horse. We sold a 5 year old that was bombproof. And I don't take the word "bombproof" lightly. Cars, semis, 4-wheelers, motorcycles, bicyclists, parades, shows, children, trailers, dogs. Everything you can think of, he was exposed to. We sold him to a mother who wanted a nice calm, mount for her young daughter. I've ridden some strong willed older horses, and all my horses have been trained very well from a young age. All are easy to handle and do great in unorthodox situations. (Because I like to see what they'll do)
For under $900, you can find yourself some AMAZING horses!
Also getting an older horse can open up a whole new set of problems. Arthritis, they tend to be harder to keep weight on ='s more food. More frequent dental work, lameness issues. Of course every horse is different and will age differently but as horses get up there in age, the more health problems that occur.
Have you looked on dreamhorse.com, equine.com, horseclicks.com? Craigslist.com usually has quite a few horses on there, but a lot of times, you'll deal with more shady people on that site.
Just be aware! Knowledge is power! And don't rush into anything that isn't "just right"
"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with
him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."