I didn't know at all. I just felt pity for that poor little ugly horse that had not even the strength or will to rise his head and look at his environment, did not seem to appreciate anything. And his barn, just terrible. I couldn't bear the idea of letting him there. It was just too sad!
Then we bought him after my trainer came and saw him and told us he would not be much of a problem for us (I was 14). He quickly was better physically. But we had 2 hard years, I listened to adults around me, obeyed their advice and we ended up fighting against each other whenever I went to see him, excvept when I gave him his food, hay, water. So I decided to stop obeying people and try my own way. I found other pieces of advice on a forum, and decided that my only trainer was my horse. From the on, it was still sometimes difficult, we quarrel sometimes. But we created something. And the more I let him suggest things and take decisions, the more I see how perfect he is for me. He's just my equine alter ego! There's no way I could imagine myself with another horse now, he has become a part of me...
I have come to know he is just for me by working with him, by working on me to deserve his cooperation, his trust, his respect. And I know that if I am what I am today it is thanks to him. Maybe the reverse is true too, but I won't be so bold as to claim that!
I was shopping for my very first horse, and had seen a LOT of horses. It took me a year of looking. But when I saw my guy at aged 4, I fell instantly in love. Never mind that he was a total dork and came with a lot of bad habits and a strong will.
We've been together for 10 years, had our share of battles of will, but today he's a wonderful boy and we are great friends. :)
lol.... not to mention that he is stunning Magaidh.... I think I am in love with him too!
Even though he's not the best put-together horse, or the most beautiful mover or talented athlete (though he does everything I want from him) he's just the type of horse that many people see and say, "Oooh, look at THAT horse!" Especially little girls. He's a fairytale horse, or a knight's horse. Many people suggest getting him a unicorn horn, but I think he would be a little insulted by that.
I knew the moment I first laid eyes on Nelson. I fell in love with him when I saw him in a riding lesson with his previous owner. I knew nothing about him, his age, his history, his education - nadda.....but when I saw him I said "I want that horse".
It's funny how it worked out, I never once thought he'd ever be mine, but I drooled over him. I was a Working Student at a large Eventing/Fox Hunting facility, so I got to handle him on a daily basis, and the more I was around him, the more I drooled.
It was one day, when I was in the feed room preparing feed for all the horses who were there, when his owner came in from a ride, handing him to me to cool off and untack for her, when she asked if I wanted to leg him up for her because she was buying a 2 year old OTTB and was putting Nelson up for sale.
I was honored to beable to ride him! So I did. I rode him and feel even more in love with him. I was able to compete with him, and the more and more I rode him, the more and more we bonded. His owner paid for all our comps, to have him seen by perspective buyers - and to be honest, I secretly didn't want him to sell.
His Previous owner had many offers on him, and she declined them all. One day, she came in from a ride, and handed me the reins. I assumed that was just like every other time she did this, to cool him off, untack him and put him away for her....but that wasn't the case...she told me that he was offically mine. She gave him to me!
She told me that she had MANY people come to her, telling her how wonderful of a team we made and that they've never seen Nelson so calm and happy. She made her decision from everyone's comments - those she knew and trusted.