Sam (since that is what you prefer),
I loved reading your post. You sound so compassionate it is nice to see that you have bonded with this lease horse. I am new to the forum as well (my second post). I live in US, and am beginner (very beginner...only 6 months and all have been snowy winter). You are young and I am happy you are moving in the direction you are. I just turned 50 and decided I wanted horses - so here we are. 2 quarter horses and hopefully purchasing a Gypsy Vanner soon, as we have a friend that is ill and may need to sell her. Good luck and have a happy day!