(I know there are folks on here who are opposed to the idea of buying/leasing older, confirmed schoolmaster types, so I’ll preface that I’m not really interested in a debate about whether it’s moral or right or legit to do so. Thanks!)
Now that I live in a place where board doesn’t make me regularly puke, we’re looking at expanding our four-legged crew to include a more experienced dressage horse (to help me learn a little faster and more correctly while my trainer and I work on my mare’s dressage education). I have a decent sense of what these kinds of horses cost in H/J land, but less so in the dressage world. Assume I’m looking for something that is older and likely stepping down, but can still comfortably do 3rd and maybe 4th level work, and is preferably more mid-teens than late teens, and we live in the mountain west. Any ideas on the ballpark price at which this kind of horse is going for near you? I’d love, in a perfect world, to lease something, but I know leases are much harder to come by in dressage than in H/J.
Edit to add: assume I’m a reasonably brave amateur with a good sense of humor – I can handle a decent level of horse antics, but nothing really hell bent on human destruction or totally intolerant of pilot error is likely to fit the bill.