Well, my family's first horse was Touche, a roman-nosed 16hh chestnut paint mare. She was 18 when we got her and had been used as a lessson horse. We probably had her for about four years before she layed down and couldn't get up. The decision to put her to sleepp was made when my pony and I were away at horse camp. She was more of my parent's and older sister's horse though.
A few months after Touche, my mom decided us kids needed a pony. She wanted to go on rides with us I guess. SO after looking at a bunch of ponies at C-C Ranch, we picked 12.2hh Bart. He is grouchy, old, mean, stubborn, and the best pony I'll ever meet. When we bought him he was supposedly 12 years old and meant for all of us kids. 8 years later and the dentist thinks he is 25ish and I'm the only rider. He's taught me a lot.
About four years ago, I got MY first horse. Tater. He was mine and only mine. He was a 16.2hh half blind chestnut appy. He liked to buck and hated going faster than a trot. I sold him about 1 and 1/2 years ago because he was too much. I still miss the guy. He definitely taught me how to hang on!