I've advertised my horse for sale on Facebook, and I get so many comments about her size. How big is she? I tell them, probably around 14.3 hh. Then they say, "Well that's too small. I already have small horses." I really want to respond with, "Well good things come in small packages!" Lol! And the looking will stop with her height. She's a quick learner, smooth ride, and super, super sensitive. She is a barrel horse that I've started to do dressage with (odd switch, I know, but this mare knows how to use her hind end!), and she's SO quick to learn and so eager to please! But will they listen? Nope! All I get are, "Well, she's not 16 hh, so not interested."
Because apparently only tall horses are the only "good" horses.
Oh, and she just turned 15, which means she'll keel over any day now! Gah! If I had her advertised for $200 she'd probably sell like a hotcake! But darned if I'm going to let a good horse go for that amount! Like you said, you get what you pay for, and I haven't put this amount of attention and work into her for nothing.