I have also heard a few stories of standardbreds who take care of their people. A friends horse turned into a contortionist to keep them in the saddle. Heck, I think my own mare regards me as the equivalent of a three year old child who needs constant monitoring and protection. I walked her through a patch of horrible thorns the other week. She stopped and just calmly started to pull them out of her shoulders and front legs before we continued on our ride. They were not big enough thorns to cut her skin but prickly and irritating to touch.