Oh and pardon the double post but:
As far as horses chosing you, I have been told by the BO that I have been chosen by her SSH Scooter. I have been coming to the barn now for about 18 months. I started with Pretty, then Rosie, then Scooter. Pretty is not the type of horse I fall for. If he could talk, all that horse would say is "Boooorrrinnnnggg" He doesn't like affection unless its grooming. He rides like a dream but you can just tell he'd rather be doing something else with someone else.
Rosie is a doll and I have recently started working with her. I've never been fond of draft horses. We ended our friendship last year when she intentionally tramped on my foot and pulled my big toe nail off. Yup, instant break up. LOL
Scooter is just different. I think, personality wise, he is as close to my hearthorse as it gets. He is lovey but sensitive. I rode him for about 4 months before a new rescue came in. When I would ride rebel, he would sit at the fence and stare. If I am in the barn, so is Scooter. When Rebel had to be put down last year, the first day I was back at the barn, Scooter came running to me. He gives great horse hugs. We resumed our relationship and then I bought Nico. Mostly because Scooter is simply too expensive for me to buy. When I started riding Nico, Scooter was outwardly depressed. Now that Nico has been sold, me and Scooter are back together. His owner, our barn manager and about 10 other people have said that Scooter thinks that I am his. When I walk in the barn, he screams for me. The last few times I rode my horse, he waited in the barn for me. If I go in his stall to groom him and try to leave, he hooks me with his chin and hugs me. He has been a pasture pet for a while because he has major spooking issues. Or so I have been told. I have ridden that horse all over and have never gotten one spook out of him. Some day, I will find a buyer for my extra kidney and I can finally afford him! Until then, I'll ride him for free. Love his guts. And just because I love him...heres Scootiful. (doesn't he just LOOK like a comedian?)