Right now my trainer would like me to find something that is schooling 2nd/3rd level dressage, and 6-8 years old. I personally have a bigger list:
6 - 10 years old
schooling 2nd or higher
16h - 17h
High preference for a Friesian (go ahead and laugh LOL), Andalusian, Lusitano, or some Warmbloods
Preferably located close or in Florida
The issue that we have is that the 6-8 years old that are schooling 2nd/3rd are still greener than she would like for me. I'm struggling to find something that is schooling what she wants, not green (i.e. or can handle an advanced beginner rider), and not 15 or 16 years old.
I've found a few that would work but for one reason or another we didn't mix well together, too small (I'm on the thick side so I need a horse with a bit of bone), too short (lots of ponies on the FL market right now), or didn't PPE well. :3
At this point I'm just trying to make sure that I'm looking at absolutely everything that could be a possibility, but at the same time I don't want to get a reputation for offering way too low on sales horses.
Seems like the trainer should be buying you this horse, not you...gee whiz, any trainer I have ever talked to has recommended an older horse, for 10k MAX. If you are a new rider, you should be on a schoolmaster, not an opinionated 6 year old. Horses that are 15/16 will likely last into their early to mid 20's. When I first got my horse, who was 9 at the time, I wish I would've just listened and gotten something older, and SAFE!
What do YOU want? What is important to YOU? I can't see a Lusitano, Andalusian, or Friesian doing remarkably well in US dressage - a warmblood yes, as that and TB's are what is dominating the dressage and sporthorse world.
You should look into the journals on this site, at one of our user's that had a Friesian and was trying to do dressage with her - there are a lot of hills to climb with them, as they are bred to be cart horses and not riding horses. All of the Lusitanos and Andalusians that I have seen have quite short necks, bodies, and legs, which don't always lend themselves to easily do modern dressage. Those breeds often do more of a classical dressage.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, you should really evaluate your goals with this horse - is it to gain experience? To learn to ride better? To successfully compete?
At the price point that you are looking, you should be able to find an AMAZING schoolmaster that is in his midteens, and still have money left over to buy a nice saddle, bridle, and pay board for a while.