Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Sorry, but someone who has taken professional lessons IS going to be ahead of you in the riding curve. You might not like it, but it's the truth. There are some things you simply can't learn to do on your own.
As far as a $50,000 horse being better than a $500 one? Maybe, maybe not, but I'd lay odds the $50,000 horse is getting professional training, as opposed to your $500 one being trained by you.
I can't imagine paying that kind of money for an animal, but for people at the top of their game they need a horse whose bloodlines are traceable and who was specifically bred for their sport. With a $500 backyard bred grade you have no clue what you're getting, and those folks can't take that chance.
Nobody's telling you not to try or that you can't or shouldn't compete, but your reverse snobbery is just as ugly as people looking down on you because of the cost of your animal.
If you want to reach the pinnacle of a sport, you need the proper equipment. For riders, that's professional training and a horse bred for the sport. There have been exceptions to the rule, but they're extremely few and far between.
FWIW, my last horse was free. Of course, I put a heck of a lot of training dollars into him, but that was for my own safety and the fact that I don't have enough arrogance to think I could take an ex-racehorse and turn him into a good equine citizen without professional help.
I love my 'freebie' just as much as anyone else loves their horse, but I don't think for one minute that I could compete with the top riders.
You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!