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        02-09-2013, 06:37 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by amethystdreams    

    Do you think that as long as someone has the passion and drive for horses that they can do whatever they set their mind to or do you think someone can only get so far considering their financial status..?
    I heard a quote a while ago, I forget who from, that if you want to live the American dream today you should move to Sweden.

    Upward mobility is something the US (and Canada) is losing at an alarming rate. So yes, I think financial status has a lot to do with a person's success in the horse business.

    Something a lot of people don't think about is transportation. Even if someone has the time and the will to work for their riding lessons, they still need to be able to get to a barn, and some people are so poor they can't even afford a bus pass.
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        02-09-2013, 10:47 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by ponyboy    
    Upward mobility is something the US (and Canada) is losing at an alarming rate.
    I disagree. The opportunities for upward mobility are, if anything, better now than in the past. It's just that many people choose not to take advantage of them, prefering a consumer-debt financed lifestyle today. I see for instance young people just out of college (or still in college!) taking out loans to buy new cars. Now I am pretty well off by most standards, yet I've never purchased a new car, or even a used one on a loan, so all that money that would have otherwise gone to the finance company is still in my pocket.
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        02-09-2013, 10:51 PM
      #13
    Banned
    Absolutely James, this is not about politics, and more about talent.
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        02-10-2013, 01:35 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    It takes more than just money. It takes sacrifice. If you don't have the financial backing then you have to live and breathe riding. If you want to get to the top then all of your resources that are not used for essentials need to be in riding. You have to work with trainers, travel with them, get hands on experience, ride bad horses, ride good horses, etc.

    I don't know how old you are but if you're old enough to be married then odds are slim to none that the Olympics are an attainable goal. Especially without consistent riding and training. It doesn't mean you can't show and do well, just that you have to keep your goals realistic.
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        02-10-2013, 02:11 AM
      #15
    Started
    Dirt floor poor or filthy rich, if you're good at what you do you could go as far as you take it.
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        02-10-2013, 03:12 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Growing up, I lived with my meth addicted mom, and at age eight my grandparents gained custody, where the situation was even worse, but I won't go into that. Then at age 13 it was back to my mom because my grandparents custody was deemed unsafe by the court. I didn't go to the same school for a full year all through elementary school, I always changed schools at least once during the year (I went to one school for 3 days before changing schools again), was always the new kid, and never had friends, was incredibly poor. Yet I always dreamed of horses. I drew pictures, read every book in the library, and prayed every night for a horse. I never got one, lessons weren't even on the table. I didn't get involved with horses until I was an adult and could take charge of my own life. Now, years later, I own a horsemanship business and make my living teaching lessons and exercising horses. Your dreams are possible when you take the reins (no pun intended) and patiently work toward your goals. Make sure every step is somehow working toward your end goal, and it's possible. Now, with that being said, what is your actual goal? To ride in the Olympics? Why? To say that you did? For me, having a career working with horses is more than enough. I just love working with horses, I'm not concerned with competing with people that have obscene amounts of money. I want to be known for good horsemanship, and how I work with my horses. In all honesty, for those of us that live in America, we are filthy rich compared to the rest of the world, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can be thankful for how blessed we are, and stop concerning ourselves with how much we don't have.
         
        02-10-2013, 04:38 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    Here's a really good artical about Compton Jr Posse:
    Equine Chronicle Compton Jr. Posse..”Keeping Kids on Horses and Off the Streets”

    The best in-hand handler I've ever seen was a lovely black gentleman who had been recruited by a breeder who had seen him compete in a high school track meet, while she was waiting for her daughters event.

    That he had no exposure to horses in his life before falling in to handling horses. Opportunities are out there if you just look for them.
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        02-10-2013, 10:57 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Thank you all for the responses. I have only been riding for less than a year but I want to make it part of my life forever. I dreamed about riding since I can remember but now, at 23, I feel like I am finally getting that chance. I only ride once a week but I put everything into it that I can for that one hour. Granted, I'm going to start learning cantering next week, so I know I probably seem like a super beginner but I feel in my heart that this is something bigger. I want to be able to see more and do more. I know that it will come in time but it is up to me to get the ball rollin.
         
        02-10-2013, 11:10 AM
      #19
    Started
    You go girl! Where there's a will, there's a way. Sometimes it takes a little more time, but it's always possible.

    Once you become a proficient rider, it usually isn't too difficult to exchange work for lessons or find someone who would like their horse to get a bit more exercise... and then things really take off!!
         
        02-10-2013, 01:37 PM
      #20
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by amethystdreams    
    Thank you all for the responses. I have only been riding for less than a year but I want to make it part of my life forever. I dreamed about riding since I can remember but now, at 23, I feel like I am finally getting that chance. I only ride once a week but I put everything into it that I can for that one hour. Granted, I'm going to start learning cantering next week, so I know I probably seem like a super beginner but I feel in my heart that this is something bigger. I want to be able to see more and do more. I know that it will come in time but it is up to me to get the ball rollin.
    Sure, and good for you. I'd just ask, though, why you seem to be focused on the Olympics/competition? There is a lot more to the horse world than that. Suppose you could e.g. Get a job working at a dude ranch, leading trail rides? Or just have a career in something totally different that allows you to support a horse habit?
         

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