I'm gonna have to go w/ elizavixen on this one. she's right, the term expensive is a relative term. Expensive to my family is 3,000 so my horse was kinda a splurge. Expensive to another chicks family that i know is upwards of 50,000. so it's all in who you talk to. lol, some people just don't know how to make the best out of someting "cheap". when i got my horse and told people i was going to show him, eyebrows were raised and hysterical laughing could be heard. Now everytime i turn around someine is telling me how great my horse is and how well we work together!