Very glad a horse has impacted you in such a positive way.
I was a bit of a street urchin in my youth. When very young I was fortunate enough to know where possibly every horse in the city was located and every owner was kind enough to let me tag along or hang out at their stable.
As a teen, there were many things pulling me into bad choices. I "happened" to meet an STB owner who sold me my first for a dollar. And introduced me to other owners who sold retired trotters and pacers to me to repurpose. I think of that whole time as having the hand of God in it. It kept me busy and away from real trouble.
Forty years later, I live a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle thanks to my involvement with horses.