Some people get into competitive horse sports that have nothing to do with betting. Some folks put a lot of money into competitions to earn trophies and prizes. There are race horses that run on tracks for spectators that have put down money in hopes of winning. There are other horse races that are competitive events that do not have betting windows. Our daughter enjoys jump horses. Sometimes I think the gear is just as costly as buying the horse. She tells me that it is cheaper than if she was interested in racing cars, and that is something we both agree on. We found a training facility for her horse that actually has a very low initial investment and monthly fee. Plus it is one of the most prestigious ones around.
When she first began to get an interest in race horses, I thought that we would never be able to afford the horse, without even regarding the gear, training and care for the horse. The cost for the training of the horse is actually much lower than I thought it wold be. Yes, it is pricier than if she just wanted to be a track star. However, I’m thinking it may be less than if she was going for Olympic gymnast. I saw that half in jest, half not! My concerns when she wanted her own horse was the paddock to keep it in, the costs for food and veterinary care and the cost of training the horse to be a jump horse. She found a horse she fell in love with and we were able to negotiate a very good price for it. Ah, the things we do for our children. However, we are quite encouraged that she is now winning competitions. That, we believe, is due to the training of the horse and her commitment as a rider. Some of the prizes may make this even worth it.