Ok, heres one of my favs.
I love this guy's story (& now own his breyer model!) He started out as a plough horse & was around 7 when he was rescued off a truck bound for the slaughter house. The man who bought him used him as a lesson horse for his children, but this horse had a bad habit of jumping the fences, which prompted the neighbor into buying him. Within 2 years after his rescue, this horse was winning prestigeous classes as a show jumper & was inducted into the hall-of-fame 23 years after his death in 1969