Originally Posted by accphotography
In his/her defense, there are several other breeds that race in America, they are NOT all Thoroughbreds. Not necessarily steeplechase, but there is not alot of information to be found on American steeplechasing unless you know people in the industry. He/she may be looking to purchase a horse to begin learning some basics on and may simply want ot know what horse would suit that purpose best. For all we know he/she may already be an experienced jumper looking to go in a new direction. I know a
Few young men and women that had never been on a horse in their lives, but as soon as they turned 18 they went to the North American racing Academy to learn to be jockeys because they have the bodies for it and it was something that interested them. But I am here to tell you many of them knew NOTHING about horse racing. And now, several of them are on their way to being TOP jockeys. All it takes to start the road to success is an interest. I applaud someone of this age taking a step to learn about an interest and possibly pursue a long-term goal. Most teenagers don't have enough initiative these days. It's nice to see some.
im not saying it is bad and I never discouraged. Im a huge advocate of research and making informed decisions and gave my thoughts. I did also say good luck to him/her and that I hope they get where they want and unless said otherwise, I never assume anything and treat the situation as if they did know nothing.
I don't think it pleads a strong case if you know people who started training as jockeys and knew nothing. Knowledge, learning, research...it all makes us better at what we do or want to do. If someone decides they want to do something as a career, one would think they would know the basics BEFORE they decide that is what they want to do. Nothing will change my view on this as knowledge is power and anyone who takes the time to do the research can make an informed decision right from the beginning.
I also don't believe that a person should have nothing to do with horses and then go to a level as high as racing. Previous experience provides the groundwork for such things. If the OP is experienced with horses that does put a different spin on it however doesnt take away from the fact that knowing what kind of horse a race horse is, should be very basic knowledge. I've been dealing with horses for 26 years and there is still a world of things out there to learn. Some things can't be taught in a short time. They are learnt by experience and dealing with the situations first hand.
Anyway, that is MY opinion. It comes down to knowing what you are in for before you actually make a final decision on something.
To the original poster, I really do hope you get to do what you want. If you are already involved with horses you do have some grounding I guess. If you arent, might I suggest you try getting a job helping out with race horses. This will give you some experience handling them and eventually you can increase your skills in this kind of environment. Have fun!!