It seems like the truly polished trail horses are at least $2500 and up in my area. However, you can still find some bargains. A friend and I each bought a Fox Trotter mare for $500 and $800 each just over a year ago. And gaited horses often bring more out west. But they are slightly rough around the edges, good for an experienced rider but I don't know if I would call them husband safe (my mare is perfect with another horse but is excitable when riding alone).