Come on down to Indiana...I watch some sale sites and there are quite a few good-sounding horses going for less than $500 (and a few being given away
Three years ago I gave $300 for a gorgeous 4-yr old App gelding, 'green' broke (had just finished 30 days WP training) but never gave me a minute of trouble and is now the best horse I own. Last week I traded an old 4WD that needed a LOT of work (might have been able to sell it for $800 if I marketed it right) for a 6-yr old 18hh underweight-but-sweet-and-supposedly-well-broke-to-saddle registered Belgian gelding, and I could have probably gotten him for nothing if I had pushed the issue. Last month, 8 appendix-type (but poorly-bred looking) yearlings were abandoned on a county road nearby. The bottom has fallen out of the market around here.
Is the whole economic thing as bad in Canada as it looks to be here? Maybe that's the reason?