Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom View Post
I guess what frustrates me is when people without great ability go spend a fortune on a fantastic horse, and when they don't end up winning heaps of trophies they blame the horse....
Indeed. My farrier was fired by a woman who had gone thru a dozen horses in 3 years. She'd buy them and then discover they had problems, then sell them and buy another. On his last visit, the farrier got fed up with the tale of her latest 'bad horse', and replied, "Maybe it is the rider who sucks donkey dicks..." Needless to say, he didn't stay long after THAT comment!
Regarding the theme of the thread:
If you want to compete at top levels, you either need money or so much talent that someone with money notices you. But I just got off another forum where a guy posted that I was "lucky" to be able to own horses in this economy. I replied that I spent 30 years being careful with my money, and that was why I was 'lucky'.
Like a lot of horse owners, particularly those of us who came to it late in life, I feel 'lucky' to own and ride horses. 8 months after we got him, my free BLM mustang pony has figured out to go to his bucket at feed time instead of following me around the corral. I've gotten to know him too, so after dumping pellets in his bucket, I let him check the 3 buckets I take out with me and see that truly ALL the remaining pellets had gone into his bucket. As he started gobbling his food, I scratched his back and called him a fat little hobbit pony. He sighed and continued eating. As I left, I swear he turned and winked at me. THAT is the sort of thing that, to me, makes me 'lucky', and tells me I'm as happy as if he was a $500,000 master who can piaffe and poof and do all those other amazing things.
I'm not jealous of someone with a $500,000 horse. I couldn't compete as a rider in anything anyways, and it isn't what I find rewarding about horses. What thrills me are those moments when a member of another, very different species makes the effort to connect with me.
Give things your best shot, but be glad your life includes horses. Over time, I'm betting it is the horses that you will remember.
My 5'2" wife on our hobbit pony: