Spirit- Purely a God-given horse. I had been riding 3 years, 2 hunt seat, 1 western. I'd wanted a horse ever since I was 6, but the board at the place I rode at was $850 a month!!! (now the lowest is $945 and the highest is $1,450!!!!!!!!!!!!) Then when we switched to western (the barn I rode at didn't board) and I started researching it, we found the price much more doable. So we started looking for a horse. I had my eyes on an 11 year old Paint mare named Mutly (unfortunate, right?).
We went to a place called Clear Creek Ranch 2 summers ago, and we went back last summer. My favorite horse Maverick (SPAZZ!!) had been lent out for the winter and came back InSaNe, so they put me on horses they were trying to sell. They all spooked and bolted. I didn't like them.
Then, halfway through the week, my mom's horse bolted and she fell off. She almost hit her head on a truck and died. They put her on Spirit b/c he was the most calm, level-headed, gentle, smooth horse that they had (he was 5 at the time). She loved him and tried to convince me to get on him, but I had FINALLY gotten Maverick back and didn't want to give him up. On the last ride of the week, I got on him and loved him to death. We talked it over with the dude selling him and bought him.
He was a skinny, scruffy, Tennessee Walking Horse, that had broken his leg, coliced 3 times, and was found hanging by his neck in one of the stalls with all his feet off teh ground a week before we came. And I didn't know ANYTHING about gaited horses.
He's the tie in, If we hadn't of come when we did, he would have still been in the sick pen, so we wouldn't have bought him. If my mom hadn't of fallen off, they never would have put her on Spirit and she would have never made me try him. And if I hadn't tried him, I never would have loved him and bought him. And if I hadn't of bought him, he wouldn't really have lasted much longer. So we're acctually glad now that my mom fell off. God can use what seemed like a bad thing at the time and turn it into a good thing. All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord.
He needed us and we needed him. He's taught me so much, responsibility, patience, consistancy . . . :) <3