Since my horses are very much opposites in many ways, Mr. P is definitely the consistent one. He spooks roughly twice a year, has a back that fits easily in stock saddles, tries hard every ride, and loves to work.
Now that P is happier with his feet (thank you new shoes!) I’m finding he is even more willing to use himself which is nice. Kind of a duh type of result but a great one just the same. Sometimes you don’t fully realize the extent of something like that until later, especially when you have some expectations of old age affecting things.
When you have one special and sometimes difficult horse it is really nice to then have a really easy horse to ride. I think it helps me keep a nice balance and perspective with both of the horses.
It also helps me really appreciate Mr. P. I know I’m lucky to have him in my life a second time and lucky to still have him around and rideable at 26. I certainly try to make every second count that he remains on this earth with me.
I hope someday I own another horse with as much heart and consistent work ethic as Mr. P, but he may be a once in a lifetime pony!