Huey and I had a connection from the first time I ever rode him. Before I rode Huey I had only been on professional lesson horse (with the trick of stopping at the gate and such) or on professional trail-ride horses (for public trail rides). Huey spent most of his life as someone's one-and-only, and he wasn't doing too well at becoming a professional lesson horse. Too confused by all of the bogus signals we novice riders give out. But when I got on him, he gave me his full attention, and he really *listened* to me, and listened to my seat. Riding him was the first time I felt like I was part of the horse, or the horse was part of me, instead of us being two separate things. And he always does *exactly* what I ask him to, even if it makes no sense, and he's really helped me stop sending out bogus signals! It is like, whatever I want, he's ready and willing to try. And he gives it his best shot, and that shot is usually jolly good!
My trainer told me, before she decided to sell him and before I decided to buy him, that he really seemed to like me (even though I am not a great rider (yet) and he is used to having a great rider...she did not say this last bit, just the first bit about him liking me, but I know I am not a great rider). She said he was not that willing to work for just anyone. Now he is mine, and I am his, and I am so happy! Even when I see all these other great horses at shows and such, I am still totally satisfied with my boy. I do not want any of those other horses, because they would not be Huey.