Both my two "permanents" were exactly like I was when I bought them and have since changed to be like I am now. It really is true that the horse reflects the rider/trainer. Sugar when I bought her was very much like me, which is to say that she was a very ****ed off, misused, spiteful, but confident adolescent. We've both changed over the 7 years I've known her, and now, like me, she's still confident, but she's also curious, forgiving and steady. Basically me at my best.
Kihei has my basic personality traits like confidence and playfulness, but he's also got a devious, witty side, which is like me when I'm feeling undisciplined. So yeah, I guess my horses are a lot like me. Of course there are differences, but on a basic level, we have a lot in common.