I have a couple of breeds that were on my "never in a million years" list. Arabs were top of the list, followed closely by TBs. I'd heard (and believed) all the typical arab and TB stereotypes, and I just didn't want to deal with that. I was in love with paints and QHs.
Well then, I got the opportunity to start working with this chick (who has become one of my good friends) who had two arabs and an arab/saddlebred cross (to begin with). At first, I wasn't sure what to think. All three of the horses were incredibly intelligent and, although the arab mare and the arab cross gelding were a little high strung, the arab gelding was the most laid back, lazy horse I'd ever met. After I got to know the horses well and worked with them, I fell in love with them, even though they were *le gasp* arabs. One of my other really close friends has an arab gelding who is the sweetest thing, and the trainer at our barn has an arab and, even though he's a weirdo, he is a sweetheart. Anyway, the arab cross gelding became my first horse and I still consider him my heart horse (Aires is too, but yeah).
Here's Kintari, the laziest arab in creation...he's also the prissiest gelding I have EVER met. He will park out as absolutely far as he can to avoid splashing himself when he pees (Aires will barely park out when he pees lol) and he enjoyed spa days a little too much. Lol
And then there's Remi...she was a little crazy, but it wasn't her fault. She had an injury that caused neurological damage. The vet didn't expect her to live, much less be ridden again. She was started back under saddle last year.
And then there's my Dakota-man. He is a bit high-strung, but such a sweetheart and so willing to please, once you gain his trust. He also LOVES kids.
This is when we first started working together:
And this is his "Really? You're taking pics while I'm standing here on the hot walker? You suck, lady!"
And then there's TBs. I thought that, like arabs, they were all insane. I couldn't have been more wrong. My friend with the arabs bought Compton, an 8yo OTTB, from a horse dealer who was leasing the barn she is leasing now before she was for $500. He was severely underweight and very aloof. Several months, several pounds and a lot of love later, he is an amazingly sweet horse that I just love. If he had been available when I was horse hunting, I would have snatched him up in a heartbeat.
Skater boy Compton says "Hey, dude. What's up?"