Thanks for the replies, even the mean ones! I probably should have explained a little further.
I understand she is not mine, really. The thing is, the man who owns her is not a horse "lover." He is a business man. At any one time, he owns about 10-15 horses. I am not putting him down for this, he is someone that is close to our family. But horses are just interchangeable to him, you know what I mean? This filly will leave here for training in 2 years (after I am wayyy attached, I am sure.) If she does not "perform" I don't know what will happen to her. As it is right now, she is *supposedly* worth 20k. Of course everyone these days thinks their horses are worth a lot until they try to sell them.
Maybe in 5 years, I can *hope* she does not perform and I could get her back, because we are on very good terms with the owner. I just don't really care for the training methods the trainers use, they are very cowboyish/tough men. I do think that can be appropriate with some horses, but this filly, my goodness, I have never had a horse crave attention from me like this, and be so sweet.
It's not like, "oh, she has a loving owner who just does things a little differently than me." I just think about her future, and it makes me sad. They will probably do that surgical thing to her tail (she is a gaited horse) and just not treat her with the sweetenss I will treat her with!
Churum and greyray-I know the blanket is not a necessary thing, I shouldn't have mentioned it, I guess. My vet told me that I should body clip my minis. They grow thick coats in the winter, however, in south florida we still have many days in the 80s and even 90s...so they need to be clipped. However, when clipped, he says I should be committed to putting a blanket on them any night it gets below 50. As long as the sun is out in the day, he said it doesn't really matter what the temp is, the blankets can come off. Anyway, this horse is not clipped, but is the type of horse that grows no winter coat at all. I just felt guilty, putting the blanket on *my* horses and not on her. Who knows, maybe my minis are jealous of her...they probably hate the blankets! LOL.
Dusty-it is a very remote possibility. Thing is, I know nothing of training a young horse. All my horses growing up were dead broke. I just have to say, this horses temperment is like nothing I have ever seen. I am not a major horsewoman, but know enough to know this horse is special, personality wise. I am so glad it worked out for you and Butch! I love that you sought him out and finally got him! I will say, I do fear spoiling her and being too sweet to her..only to turn her back to the people that will be strict...not mean, I don't think they are truly mean or I would not be able to bear it!
Sophie-Yay! That is sweet!
Iridehorse-she will come back in a month, right? I hope so! Good luck on your surgery.
Again, thanks for the comments. I am going to go outside to hang with that sweet filly!
Happy new year!