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post #31 of 44 Old 08-22-2012, 05:14 PM
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barrelbeginner, I'm a little worried about hearing this from you. The only reason is, is that you've said that your goal is to become a professional barrel racer. I'm going to be blunt here- if you want that to be reality, eventually- maybe not today, next month, or next year, but eventually you will need lessons to accomplish that, and probably a horse that costs more than $500 as well.

I have nothing against people who don't take lessons, but if being a professional rider is your dream, you'll need to learn from someone with more experience from you.

The difference in my riding from switching from a sub-par instructor to a good instructor is huge. I wouldn't want to know what my riding would look like if I didn't ride with an instructor! (Not saying you're a bad rider, more poking fun at myself and trying to make a point).

Are lessons expensive? Most of the time. Are they worth it? Yes.
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post #32 of 44 Old 08-22-2012, 08:41 PM
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And people with $500 horses can't/don't treat them poorly, as machines????
Hmmmmm. Seems to me that nearly every abuse and neglect case is of a horse with no great monetary value, and an owner that can't afford to keep it.
When you spend a lot of money on a horse, you can be assured that 99.9% of these horses will be treated like royalty. When you've worked really hard to afford a horse of that quality, you'll go to any lengths to keep it healthy and in great condition.

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post #33 of 44 Old 08-22-2012, 11:51 PM
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I completely get where you coming from and I hate being looked down upon for my horse and the fact that I can't take lessons. But at the same time you need to be realistic... In most cases a 500,000 horse is priced that way because it's athletic ability far surpasses a horse that was 500. It doesn't matter how hard I work on it, if I wanted to do showjumping with my horse, even if he was determined to do it, I wouldn't get very far. If I started taking lessons with a top trainer multiple times a week... I might be able to pull off 3'.... Maybe, but that would be the absolute limit. If I paid thousands for my horse and worked with that same trainer, I'd probably get to 4' in the same amount of time and actually win... Plus I'd continue to move up.

The thing is I don't have any interest in winning, and I had the opportunity to lease a top hunter and a fantastic eventer... Both with great trainers at show barns, but I chose my $1000 green broke, awkward little horse because I care more about personality than ability.

If you want to be a professional rider there's a very slim chance you'll get there with a $500 horse and no trainer... Like there's literally a 99.9% chance (or more) that you won't get to mid to high level competition... Let alone be a pro. It doesn't make your horse better or worse than one that's more expensive, but it does give the other horse a massive advantage when it comes to competing.
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post #34 of 44 Old 08-23-2012, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Yea I guess I was being Nieve.(sp) but I do understand. That a expensiver horse can do more. But I don't understand why people have to put down those little horses.. for allyou know that little horse is a diamond with rust on it.. ya know?
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post #35 of 44 Old 08-23-2012, 12:41 AM
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Why do the owners of the little horses need to put down the expensive horses?

I actually don't think that the owners of 'little horses' get bullied about not having an expensive horse, except maybe between teenagrs where you are at 'that' painful, annoying age!
Otherwise, it seems to be a case of hypersensitivity and jealousy of the 'little horse' owners. It seems to be that if you so much as look at a rider on a 'cheap' horse, you get accused of 'judging' them for not having an expensive horse.
It's quite tiring really.
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post #36 of 44 Old 08-23-2012, 02:22 AM
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thank you I agree that needed to be put out there!
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post #37 of 44 Old 08-23-2012, 02:33 AM
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Why do the owners of the little horses need to put down the expensive horses?

I actually don't think that the owners of 'little horses' get bullied about not having an expensive horse, except maybe between teenagrs where you are at 'that' painful, annoying age!
Otherwise, it seems to be a case of hypersensitivity and jealousy of the 'little horse' owners. It seems to be that if you so much as look at a rider on a 'cheap' horse, you get accused of 'judging' them for not having an expensive horse.
It's quite tiring really.
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post #38 of 44 Old 08-23-2012, 02:33 AM
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So... shall those of us who have worked incredibly hard to get what we have... start a thread now to bash the people who don't want to work so hard and sacrifice so much to afford 'expensive horses'?
I don't see any threads of that notion. Does that not make you the people with the chip on your shoulder? NOT the people who have more expensive horse?

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post #39 of 44 Old 08-23-2012, 02:37 AM
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Enjoy the horse that you have, and please, don't insult those of us who work like slaves to afford what we have.
See this is where I see humor. My horse was free, a mess of behavioral and health problems.. and I work my ass off to keep him.

(This isn't directed at Kayty)

I love him, and I accept him as a free horse with his issues and probably not top level. It doesn't concern me.. he's my horse. He's not a trading card or a $500 purse that I'm going to get all competitive over or jealous over. That's not how I view him.

The way I see it, there are issues on both sides. Stop being jealous, and start being appreciative. If you want to go far, start working even harder than you are now instead of picking faults and expelling wasted energy and time.

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post #40 of 44 Old 08-23-2012, 10:29 AM
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Barrelbeginner: just ask yourself, why bother wasting time thinking about the price of yours and other peoples horses? It is what it is and doing so is a waste of time. Clearly you love him and seem confident in his abilities, so why not spend the time working to try and earn money for lessons, or go out and train to become the best you can be as is? Jealousy is a bitter and tiring emotion that will only make your goals harder to reach.
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