My first horse, Clyde, taught me to always pay attention, and how to stay on! He had the worst shies (and still has!) but he taught me sooo much. I can stay on just about anything now
Clyde also taught me that horse are big animals and need to respect you to be able to have any kind of positive realtionship. I let him push me around from day one, I had no idea that my cute little first horse that I loved to bits needed someone to take charge. And now, after three years, he still tries to boss me around because I used to always let him get away with it. Yeah, he still does scare me sometimes, and every now and then I have to take a whip in with me when I feed him. Not to hit him, but to keep him away because he's sooo darn pushy!
The next horse was Indy (my avatar) he was a horse that I rode for a while in between my first and second horses and man oh man, he got my confidence back! I actually enjoyed cross country for the first time in my life, I could handle a little bit of excitement without breaking down into tears and resolutely saying that I won't do anything at all. Without Indy, I wouldn't be jumping at all.
And now, Scooby :) He taught me that every horse is different. Scooby's positive attitude and eagerness to do well has allowed me to teach him in 8 months what it took 2 years to teach Clyde. He is the first horse that I have had an actual friendship with (I would have with Indy as well but I didn't ride him for long enough). Scooby is my best friend, and I couldn't live without him. I am actually crying writing this because I love him so much, and to know that he loves me back is the best feeling ever. Yes he can be naughty out doing xc, but I can handle it. I know that he is actually doing it out of pure excitement, and not trying to be nasty or get me off, so that gives me the confidence to ride him through it and learn more every day about how he thinks.
Now all I can do is hope that he recovers from his supensory ligament injury, because there's not much hope for him if he doesn't. :'(