I just wanted to thank everyone so far who responded to this thread, and my query. It has been so inspiring to read all of your stories and see who has really made a difference in your lives.
As for horses being the best teachers, well of course they are
I think we could start a whole other thread about horses that have influenced us over the years. If you guys are like me, you can still name almost every horse you have ever ridden, and many you never rode, just knew for one reason or another. I absolutely found my biggest influence's horse to be just as informative as she was.
Thanks again everyone, and anyone who has not shared yet, please keep 'em coming. Lots of fun to read about everyone!