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    08-14-2009, 02:27 PM
What??? Who is paying $150 for gloves??

I can understand $20,000 for a professional. You get custom made stuff of the best of the best around. But for your average competitor, it's pretty reasonable to stay under $5000 easy. The biggest expense (besides the pony) is going to be the saddle.
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    08-14-2009, 02:36 PM
Green Broke
I guess when you have that kind of money you can spend that kind of money. Just the FOOTTING of the O' Conner's arena cost a couple million
    08-15-2009, 10:57 AM
There's an arena in my area that has a felt/sand mixture for footing, and it costs $100,000 per "filling," if you will; by that I mean each time they clear the footing to replace it... cha-ching!
My horse didn't seem to care whether it was sand or that special mixture, but it is pretty!

    08-15-2009, 01:33 PM
Green Broke
I've shown a few times at a barn with the recycled carpet mix, which I think is what you're talking about JDI. It's VERY expensive! But the footing is GREAT! It dries out well after a good rain, doesn't get dusty, and most importantly doesn't get deep, even after a long day of showing. If the facility has the money it'd be worth it!

I don't think $20,000 is too excessive for a professional. I think Ovations, Collegiates, Pessoas, etc are great for the price and if you're on a budget, go for it. But if you're going to ride 7+ horses a day, show at the top shows every weekend? You need something that's higher quality and quality often comes at a price. I'm all about finding a good deal and I don't spend excessively, but I ride too many horses to deal with cheap quality. I can't stand stuff that falls apart after a few months. I'm willing to pay a bit more and get something that lasts.

Also remember that most big name riders/barns that show extensively on a national circuit get endorsed by companies. I know several riders who are sponsored by Devoucoux, Antares, Hermes, etc. I'm pretty sure Robert Dover isn't sitting around on the computer waiting for an auction on Ebay to close on a saddle... :)
    08-18-2009, 04:44 PM
Green Broke
At the Oaks in FL where the O' Conner's winter, the footing is like VERY finly crushed rubberish and it's like that moonsand stuff that little kids play with, only it doesn't clump! It's like walking on a cloud!

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