Constitute the quality of this horse? Well? Let's see here. A recent post by Victoria Cummings at Teachings of the Horse, got me to thinking and inspired this post. I think it depends on the prospective rider, trainer, their skills and what the horse is to be used for. For example, my needs or desires are different from many others. I don't compete, just trail ride on rare occasion and pleasure ride in my arena and enjoy caring for and the company of my horses, but for those of you who compete, How far would you go? How much would you spend? Would you spend $20,000 on a young horse sight unseen, except for pictures, only to have it arrive and find it is seriously comformationally challenged? Would you spend $100,000 on a horse suggested to you by a trainer because of your desire to compete at a higher level, take out a loan to do so, only to find out that you and said horse, do not mesh well and lose 2/3rds of that money at resale? Would you give up the horses in your care to pay for this new horse? I'm curious out there, what your opinion is? I've owned five and sold three. I recently found out that my first horse, Dakota, is happy in his new home and doing what he loves to do, run. And winning and that is something I was unable to accommodate him with. The best horse I have for me, cost me $700 at purchase and she will be here forever. The second best horse for me cost me a bit more, $3,200, and she too will stay with me forever. What is a reasonable cost for your discipline? The second horse I sold was a small three year old filly, it was time for her to move on as I do not have the skills to break and train a young horse properly. The third, a gelding I had only one month and after a bucking rampage and a trip to the hospital, I knew in my heart of hearts that I would never get back on that horse and I was completely intimidated. Many lessons learned throughout the years of horse ownership.