Mmm, The Five People you Meet in Heaven is a wonderful book.
1. Peaches. A pony that my parents hired to come to my 3rd birthday party. Funnily enough, about 5 years later at my cousin's 3rd birthday party they also decided to hire a pony party and guess who the pony was? Peaches! It was a nice little reunion (not that she remembered me
2. True Blue. A POA that was at a camp I went to for a few years in a row. He was originally trained as a circus pony.. and boy was he a brat! But, he did teach me quite a bit.
3. The Connected Horse
Casper. 13.1hh grey Welsh pony. He was my first lesson pony, and I rode him for a year or so before he was sold. He ended up coming back to the barn a couple of years later and I started riding him again, he was wonderful and taught me a lot.
4. Denny, my first horse. He was an 8 year old OTTB. For the first 3 or 4 months he was a dream, we won absolutely everything we entered and then he went sour. After he bucked my coach off and broke her collar bone, I lost a lot of my confidence. I would ride but only walk and sometimes trot. Usually I would just lunge him. We ended up giving him to a lady we knew, and the same thing happened to her - for the first few months he was wonderful and then turned sour for her too. The last I heard of him, she apparently sold him to a trail barn up country and apparently he was loving it. I find this hard to believe, but I'll never really know.
5. I don't really think I have found my #5 yet. However, I am tempted to say he was the horse who I credit to giving me my confidence back. I leased him only for a short while, but he really showed me that I AM a good rider, and I can deal with misbehaviour. He is an appendix gelding who is a little hot and spooky, but is super athletic and wonderful to ride.