Middle Class or Mid Priced?
Could it be an issue of semantics here? I don't know the mentality of those in the horse market wherever this conversation took place, but it seems that people either want to pay next to nothing for a horse or spend a fortune for one. A friend of mine trains and sells horses and he sees that alot. He picked up a horse for nothing that looked to have potential as jumper, did a little training with it and tried to resell it for $1000. He received a few calls about it but no-one wanted it. He checked what schooling jumpers in his area were selling for, changed the price to $10,000 and it sold very quickly. Some people only want a deal regardless of the quality of the animal, and some people want to brag about how much their horse cost I guess.
Anyway, I don't know the quality of the horses accused of being "middle-class", not that that is an insult as far as I am concerned, but if these horses do not sell for either top-dollar or bottom-dollar for their market/breed/discipline then they are middle class horses by the market definition of it anyway. All of my horses are "upper class" in my eyes, but I also realize that by the market definition they would be middle to low class.