When my girlfriend had to relocate to AZ she offered me her 2 geldings. My husband David was raised on a sheep farm and is an animal person but was taught that horses were expensive useless animals that cribb, dug holes, ruin fields, etc. He said we'd never have any on our farm. Well I pouted and sulked like a good wife can and he finally gave in but swore he'd never have anything to do with "those animals".
One of the horses is DB, a 26 yr old 14h Arabian who had been abused when my friend got him. He was way under weight with open wounds and didn't trust anyone. Even during the 6 years she had him, DB never really settled in, never really trusted, was very skiddish, etc. She didn't really mind because he was just a companion to her tb. I figured I'd just feed him and work with him as much as he'd let me until old age did him in. No big deal.
The day DB was delivered to our farm, we got him out of the trailer expecting him to panic when we released him in the pasture with the tb. Instead that horse walked directly up to my husband and laid his chin on David's shoulder. There they stood for what seemed like 5 minutes before my husband reached up and started rubbing DB's neck. That was 4 months ago. The 2 of them are now basically inseparible. If David is late getting home from work, DB catches an attitude. If he doesn't go straight to the pasture to see him, DB starts calling for him. [My friend said she's never heard him make a sound.] If we are standing in the barn or pasture together DB will come up and wedge just his head between us. And David is just as bad. He'll call to check on "his" horse, takes him running (David doesn't ride) and ignores me to spend time grooming DB. David can do anything to or with that horse. I am seeing a side of my husband that I knew was there but didn't know how to bring out.
Things like this don't just happen. There has to be some sort of higher power that knew those 2 needed each other and the best time to bring them together. Now I just have to pray that horse lives at least another 10 15 years!