Great stories & pics everyone. Some great transformations!
Mine isn't a "rescue" story per se. Woodstock was born here, sold as a weanling to a cutting barn that intended to show & stand him at stud. I contacted them when he was a 3 yo to see how he was doing. What I found out was a bit of a shock. They'd had big time financial issues, lost their trainer and he had been stuck in his box stall for 3 years unhandled except to get sedated for the farrier. I bought him back sight unseen and had him shipped home.
I got back a nightmare. He had at least been taken care of in the most basic sense, wasn't malnourished. His manners were beastly. Very aggressive, dominant stallion. I spent a good amount of time working through those issues, many a time he could have been the horse to kill me. Bite, kick, charge, strike, food dominance, you name it, he tried it. Got through that and got him under saddle only to have him and I crash at a lope when he went down in a covered hole to his knee. I went ahead and had him cut because of his uncertain future soundness.
Glad to say that he is now mended and back in training. Here he is
Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.