Luck-chance-fate-i don't know - I don't question the ways of the Gods..LOL!
He's had two owners - the first being the original purchaser - bought him in WA, had him trained as a three yr old and this being her very first horse ever, and getting into it as an adult, she settled on a quiet quarter horse after having him for only three years. She left him with a friend of mine here as a 6 yr old, and my friend (60 and prefers a quiet gaited horse) gave him to me the first time I inquired about him when I saw him in her pasture. The only thing wrong with him was that he hadn't been exposed to much, but was the most obedient horse I've ever known.
His first owner said his breeder sold him as 'pet quality' because his head wasn't 'typey' enough to take him to Scottsdale, basically. You can tell by looking at him overall that he is quality, like you could any well-bred horse - but when it comes to the fancy names, I get lost.
Yes, he is truly a once-in-a-lifetime jewel to find....I would be stupid to not recognize that. He is a completely different animal now after the three years I've put into him with his technical trail training and dressage - I think that if either one of him rode him now, they'd want him back! LOL! merlot canter.jpg