this all seems very similar to the uk. Everyone wants a bombproof horse for life £2000 would easily get that over here... but people see the ex racers and pay £500. A few months later they have spent the extra £1500 on vets and farriers and quaks, and realise they are left with a horse they can't ride. /they 'love' the horse to bits and can't part with it.... after all he is really good to feed and cuddle. I've only had my horse for 18 months and I have been very lucky I can ride him and he's great fun... but I have to admit it is only luck that got me there!