If you only have a $1k budget and want a horse who fits the type more, you always have the option of paying yourself board, shoeing, vet, etc., as if you were spending it on a horse... and buying yourself a re-started OTTB or other horse who is ready to ride once you have the money saved. At the prices for which many go and the expense of keeping a horse, it wouldn't take you long to get there.
My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.
Originally Posted by katarine
If you have a fat gay horse that likes Parelli, you're really screwed
I was going to suggest the same thing of saving up what you would be paying for board, vet, farrier but suggest saving up for a purpose bred jumper youngster if that is what you want it to eventually become. Considering how long you end up paying expenses on a yearling prior to getting it to riding age and the maintenance costs are the same no matter what you get you may want to look at the purchase price as being the least of your expenses. I just took the plunge and bought a yearling jumper prospect, this will be my First baby, normally I get 3 year old projects I can start right away rather than getting one I have to wait a couple years while it grows up...