I think you're taking this a little personally, Kayty. I don't think barrelbeginner meant to insult or hurt any feelings.
I think there is bullying on both sides. I've heard of people put down because their horse wasn't expensive enough and I've heard of people put down because they got an expensive horse and took the "easy" way out, etc.
I don't think there should be any bullying or bashing because most competitive riders work very, very hard, no matter the price of their horse.
Yes Cinder, I do take it quite personally. Because I see a lot more ranting and raving from people with general, all round type horses that they found at an auction or got from a little old lady down the road, towards people with expensive horses, than the other way around.
As someone who has been a taregt of that, it irks me considerably.
I have been on both sides of the fence, I started with horses under $1000, ottbs, giveaways, 'fixer-uppers' etc. I'd go out to compete, do fairly well, occassionally get looked down on by *one* of the more 'elite' of riders who seemed to take my success as a personal insult to herself.
Other than that, I didn't cop anything for not having an 'expensive' horse.
Once I'd put enough money together to buy a very pricey, well bred weanling, followed by a 10yr old gelding, also high quality with fully imported blood lines but for a 'bargain' price. I ended up wearing the jealousy of those who still had 'scrubber horses', worked full time but still went out partying every weekend, shopping for themselves at brand name stores, getting loan from brand new cars etc. But because I had expensive horses, I was officially a snob, I was spoilt, obviously my parents whom never had anything to do with horses and expected me to entirely pay my own way with them from the age of 18, had suddenly decided that they would support their now adult daughter and give her money for horses. Apparently everything was handed to me on a silver platter..... says those who were at the time sitting in side, watching their favourite program on a huge home theatre and on facebook on their latest 'apple' gadget, while I was outside in the pouring rain, mud halfway up my shins, mucking out, feeding and rugging as I cannot afford full or even partial care agistment.
Yes, it does annoy me substantially when people start carrying on about how its so unfair that people have expensive horses, 'woe is me' rubbish, when generally they DO have the potential to buy an expensive horse, but won't sacrifice other little luxuries, or go without a horse for 18months to save the money to buy an expensive horse.
OR they are teenagers who thinks mummy and daddy are oh so unfair that they won't pay $10 000 to buy a pretty horse when their friend across the road has TWO of them