My first horse was a Grade horse, some sort of TB/Arab/ASH mix I think. He was just the best horse ever, I paid $1000 for him which at the time (early 90's) was about average. I bought him from a dealer who had bought him at an auction, ha ha I was very lucky! Wouldn't do that now..... Luckily for me he was anything BUT average! I bought him when I was 14 and when I grew out of him at 17, I leased him out to a little 13 year old girl to do PC, she eventually bought him off me.
Sweetest, most reliable and SOUND horse I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Went everywhere, did everything and never once put a foot wrong with me or anyone else. Never needed shoes, never needed any supplements, never needed constant work, never spooky or nervous, just awesome. I truly believe some of those attributes were related to him being a mutt.
Here he is with my little sister riding, she was probably about 6 or 7 at the time and he would look after her like precious cargo. I think she is looking at him like "...but I just asked you to walk, why are you not walking anywhere?" P2260029.jpg