I think its the angle of that one shot that makes him look a little ewe necked - could also be that he's a bit underweight still too
The middle horse looks 'back at the knee' btw - not over at the knee. This is a pic of a horse that is standing 'over at the knee
You're paying for the horse and also the time that these people are going to give you
In the New England area prices have held a little higher than they seem to have done out west, for one thing we haven't seen the bad hay shortages and high hay prices here and we also don't have so many big breeding ranches because open lands at a premium. A lot of dealers here ship them in from those areas where they pick them up cheap in sales but the price goes up when they sell them here to cover their transport costs plus any time they spend on them to give the buyer some sort of a warranty.