Beau is the horse that changed my mind about TBs, OTTBs to be exact.
When we decided to get a companion for our 9 yr. old Belgian mare, I had my mind set on finding a nice, calm, middle aged Paint.
What we ended up with was a young, sensitive off track Thoroughbred!!
I NEVER wanted an OTTB.....I'd heard too many horror stories about their wild and dangerous personalities..
And those I'd known from the TB farm we used to board our draft at lived up to the horror stories I'd heard. Example: one bit the BO's 12 yr. old daughter in the forehead, removing a hunk of skin and flesh (wasn't there but heard it was bloody and traumatic for the child) leaving her scarred, and ruining her emotionally so that she no longer wants anything to do with horses...other horses there were barely ridable, oftentimes they were biters, one bucked the rider off and she flew into the barn wall....
so of course I wanted nothing to do with those dreaded TBs I'd heard so much about.
Until we met this guy:
When we bought him he was a bit of a handful....bossy, rude and without any manners whatsoever.
But he was also intelligent, trainable and very sensitive.
Two years later, he is now the friendliest, most agreeable, human oriented horse I've ever met. He chooses to spend time nuzzling or licking or just standing with his human herd over his equine companion.
He IS still high energy and very mischevious....he needs mental stimulation and physcial activity.....but he is the most fantastic, well behaved horse ever, without a vicious or violent bone in his body! He is nothing like the horror stories I had heard....
What I love about him the most is shown in this video:
He is affectionate, more like a dog than a horse.....and very human oriented.