Welcome to this new thread. Although I love horses and have had a few, I no longer have any because I realized that unless you live on horse property, the costs are outrageous for boarding and feeding.
My favorite horse was "Cooler", who was an old hunter/jumper that I gave a great life to. He had the corner stall with a view, and was tucked in every night with his pajamas to keep the cold drafts off of him, and got a regiment of "606" and timothy hay daily.
We would take a half day ride into the mountains every week, and we always trusted each other's judgements. I'm sure other horse owners know what I am talking about regarding the mutual trust.
The worst thing I ever did was to sell him to an idiot who threw him in his backyard with no care at all. He colic'ed within a week and the new owner was too cheap to get a vet out immediately and died a day later.
When he called me asking for advice, I told him this was a sign of colic and to call the vet immediately. I even told him I would send my vet there, but he poo-poo'ed the idea saying it wasn't that bad. When I called the next AM, he said he went out to find my friend dead, and his kids got to see as well. He has to live with that view forever. Did I mention that guy is an idiot?
We had 2 horse when i was growing up and my cousin raises several and rides them, does cowboy mounted shooting, stuff like that. My boss's wife has several miniature horses, and his brother in law has and works a few draft horses and a couple mules.
I am known by many names:
Otahyoni, Otah, Utah, Chris, Steve, Fred, The Amish Wolfman, and Mark's Little Buddy...