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post #1 of 18 Old 07-23-2012, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Top Level Show Horse - Low Level Rider

I was browsing threw youtube and caught a video of a young girl who was on a previous european showjumper who was on the young horse tour. I just thought AWW LUCKY GIRL! She was just doing 1.10 stuff and she was an amazing rider like very very good.

I was wondering what everyone thinks of people buying those top level horses and why people get so mad about it? Or is the mad just confused with jelousy? The horses don't go around the course on their own and the rider does have to ride them. And it takes a long time to ride horses like that and just because they have them doesnt always mean they can ride them. Yes there are those ones that are litterally sit and wait ( theres a video on youtube of a YOUNG child jumping pretty big jumps, the childs legs don't go past the saddle- But Thats pretty rare to see . ) I do agree some parents have more money than brains but that may need to be in another thread

I just don't get it...Can anyone tell me why this is? I think this can go with anything, westen or english.
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-23-2012, 09:16 AM
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I think jealousy plays a major role here. I dont find anything wrong with it as long as the horse is capable of keeping his brain with a child. And the parents make sure their child is capable of handling the horse.

Some children just have natural talent.

Fallon Taylor, a barrel racer, had a 5 year old student that was just an amazing little rider. This girl, at 5 years old, was running 1st division times. Her parents put major bucks into her horses. They are $30,000 horses...each. but she was a good enough rider to have that kind of horse. Most kids wouldnt have that until they are in their teens to adulthood.
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...They are $30,000 horses...each. but she was a good enough rider to have that kind of horse. Most kids wouldnt have that until they are in their teens to adulthood.
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I dunno...I couldn't afford that and I'm in my 50s.

I'd guess it is frustration. If the riders are equal in ability, and one is on a $30,000 horse and one is on a $1,000 horse she trained herself, who is most likely to win?

I'm not very sympathetic myself, tho. I have almost no depth perception. Wanna guess what type of athlete I was in high school? Here's a hint - when picking teams, a guy with a broken arm was once picked ahead of me. No depth perception means no ability at all in sports involving throwing, catching, etc.

And while I would have loved just to OWN horses as a teen, it wasn't going to happen. At 50, I was reluctant because of the cost. So I tend to think anyone who has the option of riding horses in their teens is lucky, and shouldn't be upset because they can't afford superhorses for their competitions...

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What I say may not have to do with horses and kids, but the price of "fancy" horses in general...

In my opinion, you get what you pay for. For my personal experience:

I bought my first western pleasure gelding for $7500, which I consider "mid price range". I trained him myself without the help of a trainer and we got top 5 in Congress, but nothing higher than that. He was a great little horse and one who I really "transformed" through good training, but he had faults. He had no good breeding, was very long in the back which made it hard for him to collect, thick neck, and a weak stifle. Terrible flaws? No way, and at 12 years old we sold him as a push-button horse to some novices for $5k.

Now I have a weanling who has been appraised for roughly $10-12k, and you can see the immediate differences. She has great breeding, perfect pencil neck, great proportions, excellent topline, and a nice hindquarters. After I put some good training on her and take her to shows, I expect her to be an expensive, "fancy" horse. I couldn't go out and buy one of her without breeding it, because it was cheaper to pay $5k to breed. But when I look at her, all I see is quality. And unlike my first horse, many of the conformational problems will not be there. She will be able to collect easier and compete in multiple events.

I don't see anything wrong with a "top level" horse. If you want to win, you need to have the complete package - breeding, conformation, and talent. That costs money. That isn't to say you don't stand a chance on a lesser horse, but I believe the value is really there. I'm sorry it's difficult to afford, I was fortunate enough to be able to breed my dream horse because I would not be able to purchase one like her. But I have always believed that horse showing is a rich man's sport. But that isn't to say you can't have fun at the same time!

I also don't like this misconception that people who have expensive horses don't train them themselves. I certainly do, I wouldn't want anyone else to touch my expensive horse!

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I think there is a stigma attached to people that buy expensive horses and I see a lot of discrimination against it on this board.

I'm casually looking for my next horse and am only looking at 3 and under as I can't afford anything that is as talented as I would like that is any older. A horse showing promise for international level competitions that is 5 years old is already selling for 6 figures. A horse that can pack a little kid around the 1.10m is going to be at least $200,000. A school master, confirmed at international level GP and still sound enough to compete starts at $300,000 if they are a tough ride or not fancy, and it goes way up from there. And I say if you have the money - why not??
My only motivation (other than money) to buy a young horse and train it up is that I want to learn how to do that for a long-term basis, and I enjoy training my horses and watching them develop. If I just wanted to compete at the upper levels with a push button horse, and went out and bought said push button horse, then there is nothing wrong with that. I have gone out on my locally bred horse that I bought as a prospect and still can win stuff against people on their imported upper level horses, that's not the issue. There is a shortage in NA of well trained, nice, upper level horses and the price reflects that - so trainers that can produce them and sell them successfully make money, in Europe and NA. It's all about supply and demand and if people with money are making the demand high - the price goes up.
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I do agree with oh vair oh - you do get what you pay for in horses.

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I don't see anything wrong at all with buying an expensive well-trained horse as long as you can afford it. All I say to myself is how lucky the person is to afford to buy such a horse (and then keep in nice place). No jealousy.

I also don't see it as something bad when low level rider gets a nice expensive horse as long as the rider is serious about learning and progressing.

However I don't see the point of throwing bunch of money into expensive horse so you (or your beginner kid) just look "cool" or feel superior. It doesn't make me mad or jealous, but I think it's stupid. With that being said it's not my business, so I wouldn't comment to that person.

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All I know is there a barn near me that is all rich folks, very expensive horses. I have yet to see a kid there that can steer no less ride, so yes, while it's nice to have a fancy horse, you still have to ride it well. I think for the most part, the rider's have paid their training dues like the rest of us.

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Lets put it this way....I hope they know they are lucky
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I always like to think that you should buy a horse in accordance to your level. If you're an advanced beginner rider and you want to buy a top-level jumper, it's kind of a waste on both sides. You will pay a lot of money for a horse that you won't be able to get your money's worth out of for years because you won't be showing at that level, and not every horse out there is talented - so why waste the talent? It would be much cheaper to buy a horse a little ahead of your level for room to grow - besides, a top level horse has a lot of "buttons" - buttons a learning rider may not know how to push.

When the situation does arise, I think it is silly for people to buy an expensive horse to just win all of the classes. It's a much better feeling and there's much better horsemanship overall if you win a class on a horse that you worked with - because you put the tons of work in, not because you bought the horse that way. It makes riding much more satisfying. You will learn more as a rider if you work with horses that aren't "perfect" - and you can't tell me that the horses at the top are perfect. Look at the Olympians right now - for the jumping and eventing, they have to have spirited horses to finish the event. Those horses need fire, and it takes a lot of finesse to control fire.

If you're lucky enough to have an expensive horse, that's great. But I think it's much better to work with a horse at your level that has a few quirks. Like I said, it makes your riding better. And isn't learning what it's all about?

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post #10 of 18 Old 07-28-2012, 04:04 PM
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I just don't see why any of this matters. They win they win, they loose they loose. You have a nice horse you dont have a nice horse. Seriously people. Give it a break.
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