So I thought this would be an interesting discussion.
This article came across my Facebook news feed today and I can't help but think it a bit too true. One Big Reason Horse Sports Will Decline In Favor | Horse Collaborative
I know I've been there especially when I was younger. I used to get discouraged because I thought that the only way to make it to the "big shows" was to buy/own an overpriced hay burner on legs. Not saying that some high priced horses aren't worth it and in reality a horse (or anything really) is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it.
What the article is trying to get at is that we may see a decline in horse sport favor because young talented riders get to as far as they can go and then when they want to move up most of the horses that meet their criteria are well above their price range. And I know the article focuses on mainly English but I've seen it in Western types of riding as well.
My thing is how many possibly amazing equestrian riders take a huge fall due to not being able to afford the best of the best horse? Or even sometimes the next level up? I've seen prices vary between divisions like you wouldn't believe. At least around my way.
Why do most top rated shows have famous horses/bloodlines in them?
Do judges discriminate so bad that people feel the need to find/buy specific types of horses?
Why can't someone on a $1,000 Mr. No Papered No Well Known Mamma or Pappa compete against the big guys if they have the talent?
It's not just the horses it's entry fees, you "need" the best of the best saddle, bridle, saddle pad, riding outfit, etc. Say I showed up at a High Rated show in $20 breeches and a $30 riding jacket would I be discriminated against?
I mean I know the people that own the venues have to make a living as well.
Just hypothetical no-need-answer-thinking questions.
And then almost 20 minutes after seeing that article I found this one. I love these kind of "rags to riches" stories. This girl found herself an amazing little diamond in the rough. Who's to say someone who wanted to ride with the "big dogs" couldn't do that as well. How a $600 rescue horse became my winning Adult Jumper
This thread is just merely a product of my mind going a bajillion miles a minute haha. This is what happens when I either can't sleep or have very little to no sleep. In this case it's both.
Not meant to be a heated debate in any way, shape, or form just a nice, friendly, (hopefully) informative discussion.