Don't judge a horse by its price tag.. and DON'T judge a ride by how many lessons he/she has had, but by the heart and willingness the horse and rider have..
Sorry, but yes, I WILL judge a $15,000 horse against a $500 horse, and your $500 horse simply can not do everything a $15,000 horse can. You may love him more than a horse with a big price tag, and that's fine, but the fact of the matter is that a competitive horse with training costs money.
Horses aren't just a paycheck to me. My 500$ horse can do just as much as your 40 thousand$ horse can.. It may take longer.. and maybe he wont be able to do it.. but they only reason we couldnt make it happen would be because he DOESNT enjoy it.
No. Most $500 horses, plain and simple, can not jump Grand Prix courses or float around the hunter ring with effortless swinging gaits. You want the latter, you're going to have to pay for it.
MY 1500 horse your 500 horse.. and someones 500000 are all the same.. just progressing at different rates..
How can you say they're the same? There's a huge difference: One is better through training, breeding, conformation, etc., which is why one is $500 and one is $50,000! There's a reason for the extra zeros tacked on. My $850 Paso Fino gelding, while dear to me (and now worth quite a bit more because of training and bombproofing over the past 20 years), will simply never be of the same caliber as horses winning titles at championship shows. Do I love him any less? No! But he's simply not monetarily worth as much as a $50,000 horse, and therefore cannot perform on the same level as these horses.