One of the biggest realities for riders who show is that we spend thousands, sometimes even millions, of dollars competing for a ribbon that costs about a dollar to make.
We risk our lives every day, and the less lucky die or could be paralyzed forever. Broken hearts are inevitable, such as losing a horse.
There are so many other things we could do with our lives, but we decide to give it all to our horses.
Disclaimer: I'm not saying we shouldn't. I of course have my own reasons, and wouldn't want anything else than to experience horses. I am just interested in hearing other perspectives.