Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
No one has offended anyone here - I am by far from being offended.
Believe me when I say, that many top level riders go through horses like toilet paper. When I say that - I mean, the one's who don't have the heart or the conformatoin to answer these tough questions, get turned down and end up at the lower levels or in other sports - for their wellbeing and health.
Not any horse that they get on, cuts it.
But remember as well - many of these top level riders, don't ride/own/use their own horses, they are on clients horses - sponsors. People who pay these riders to use their horses. It isn't until you make a big enough name for yourself, where you can afford to run your own barn and have your own horses.
It is an expensive, expensive, expensive world - majority cannot afford to own their own horses and pay for all the expenses. That is why they rely on sponsors.
That horse, is their paycheque. That interview or meeting at a restaurant with their sponsor, is their paycheque into the competition. They bring resume's, pictures, background to proove to these people who have the $, that they are the one for them to take the chance on.
If the horse doesn't cut it - neither does the rider.
That is why it is so important to have the horse who can conformationally do it, and mentally do it - who wants to do it.
Remember as well - it is the horse who carries the rider. That animal is their bread and butter. Without the horse, the competator is nothing.