As a horse owner, show mom and photographer, I have experienced nearly all aspects of equine photography. I suggest if you are involved with horses in any capacity, you have to consider capturing the bond you (or your child) has with the horse. The amount of energy and commitment put into working with equines is such a huge part of you or your loved ones life that it should be memorialized in a meaninful way.
I realize that horse ownership, if done properly, is not an inexpensive endeavor, so why then do so many people balk at paying out a few dollars for amazing images that a photographer has utilized their time and talents to capture? The photographer is spending numerous hours/days at a show/clinic capturing every rider and even captures memorable candid shots throughout the day, using their high end professional equipment and equine know how, takes the images back to their studio and after hours of editing them into perfection lists them for sale on their website in the hopes that the sales will cover the expenses of travel and equipment.
Why is it that some horse people think that giving the photographer "credit" for taking the photograph is payment enough for using it on their website or sales pages? Really? Maybe its just because I am a visual person, but I really think that capturing the images of people and their animal companions is something that should appreciated. It is very likely that we will outlive out four legged friends and we put so much of our hearts into them so why not let a professional capture the bond we have with them? The next time you see amazing images of your favorite equine, please consider all the time and energy put into capturing those images and how it reflects all of the love and time you have put into it! Realize that our days with our equine companions are precious and worth remembering.