Well I haven't exactly been offered $10,000 for my gal, but our story runs along the same basic lines.
I started working with her when she was about seven months old. She was scrawny, appeared to have terrible conformation, was matted, had a halter growing into her nose, and wouldn't let anyone touch her. She bit, kicked, lunged at people, and reared. She was brought to the farm in the trunk of an SUV and left in a corral to just sit, with no company, because she was a 'monster' horse.
Everyone constantly told me that I was wasting my time (it took two years to get her to completely trust me and behave like a normal horse) and that she was just an ugly, sour, ill-tempered horse. I kept working with her though, and these days (she's three years and seven months old now) I have people stop me to tell me what a pretty little horse she is, and there have been numerous offers to buy her as either breeding stock or a show horse. If you ask me she's probably the prettiest little pony at the farm; but I'm just a bit biased ;D
16-18 months? One of her ugliest stages. Ewe neck, flat back, hay belly, terrible attitude, huge head.
This week: (with the beginnings of winter fuzzies!)