Just a little more info about my horse to clarify.......
I purchased him when he was about 12 years old. He was a rescue horse that a woman saved from one of her relatives along with another horse, an Arab. She told me that it took her 1 year to get my Saddlebred back to health. She sent him to a barn to be used in a lesson program, but she said "He did not earn his keep" so he was sent back to her.