I bought an Irish Setter pup from some breeders. They had a very nice three year old colt in a paddock. He had been dumped on the elderly couple to wean by an old man who travelled the southern UK with a pair of horses and a wagon.
The colt was entire and whilst I was there he jumped out over a 4'+ hedge when two women went riding past.
I told the couple to have him gelded and if they wanted to sell him to let me know.
They had him cut and about six months later called me and I bought him.
I broke him in and had a good girl riding him, he won show classes and was a natural for jumping.
Down the road from where I was, lived an elderly man who had an Arab stud where he stood a Champion Arab. He had some very nice horses. He had been a mule skinner in WW1.
Boyfriend and I stopped on the way home to go to the local, very small pub. To our surprise there was a stranger in there. A tiny man, sat at a table drinking a half pint of beer. My boyfriend bought him another when he ordered our drinks,
We hadn't been there ten minutes whe. In rushed Alby the Arab owner. There were no preliminaries, he just rushed to the old man and started cussing and before you could blink the pair were fighting like two Jack Russels, arms swinging and more cussing than harm.
Boyfriend grabbed Alby whilst the barman grabbed the other man.
Turns out that the stranger had two mares, one of these had somehow got loose and wandered over to Alby's and his stallion had also miraculously got loose and was covering the mare.
Alby stayed whilst the other went to collect his mare. Alby went on to tell us that the man was known for having one of his mares get loose amd get covered by some well known stud or another. Only ever one mare at a time so one mare would be pregnant whilst the other had a foal at foot and they swapped each year.
Days later we met the old man again and got talking to him. He told us that he had returned to pick up a colt he had left with some dog breeders but they had sold it. They had given him the money for it less the gelding costs. He said it was a very nice colt by a well known show stud, Airs and Graces.
I never let him visit our place as I know he would have recognised that horse! At least I found his breeding.