I've never started one of these, but always enjoyed reading them, so I thought I'd give one a go. Pickles story:
I was selling a well bred appy broodmare of my BO's when a reputable breeder contacted me, asking to trade a two year old. We went to take a look at what he had. As we were standing in an an open feild watching the horses have a bite of grain, my BO serious concidering a snowflake filly, I felt something furry touch me. This was pretty unusuall, as these youngsters had been out to pasture for 6 months and wernt particularly interested in people. I looked down to find the sadest little brown thing I'd ever seen. Ribby, with a skinny neck, hay belly, short and half shed out in June, she was the most pitiful yearling of the herd, and she refused to leave my side. Where I went she went, ignoring the other horses and piles of oats. The BO saw what was happening and bought her on the spot, and sold her to me the next day.
I kept telling myself I would sell her, but I've grown attached. I tried all sorts of names and none fit the quirky little thing, until someone sugested 'Pickles'. It stuck.
Her sire is a halter bred appaloosa named 'Coolest Dream' and her dam is a pleasure bred mare named 'Docs 3 d Sonata'. Pickles is registered 'Docs Sonata Dream'.
She is three and will be getting 30 days of light under saddle work pretty quick here. So far this is what we've done;
Great gound manners, w/t in hand, ties, trailers, bathes, lunges, basic yeilds to preasure well in the ground(yeild hind, yeild fore, back, side pass, lowers head with pole preasure). Had a saddle on multiple times(no reaction), been bridled, ponied all over, and ridded twice bareback in a rope halter. Perfect for the vet, farrier and deworming. This was all done last fall(except for the farrier and deworming of course), and she was kicked out to be a horse, so I will need to do some refreshing before I hop into the saddle, but I don't anticipate any problems.
I don't have any current confo shots, so the first her as a two year old, then two from this spring, you can see how she's starting to color out. I'll update with pictures and progress.