The other day I was reading an article about a young girl who had competed and won Nationally on her Quarter Horse in barrel racing. This alone might not impress a lot of folks but the fact that this horse took care of his epilectic rider brought tears to my eyes. It went on to tell of her having a seizure underneath his feet and how he stood calmly as her body violently flailed beneath him, never moving an inch. It read of how after getting this horse how her spirits and conditions had amazingly turned for the better.
This reminds me of horses that I have had that when I rode them they could really test your limits and push your buttons. Then you put a 3 year old on and turn them loose and that horse is the kindest, gentlest soul on earth, acting as if there was an egg on his back and he dare not drop it. I have had horses that would refuse no matter what you did to trot, until the child riding them was really ready.
Getting back to my original point, I think we sometimes get lost in our training and worrying if our horse will take a lead change or side-pass correctly and get too involved in what our horse might be and the work involved to get there. I think sometimes we just need to go out and hop on for a ride with no intentions other than enjoying the wonderful creatures that we all love. They never seize to amaze me in the miraculous things they do for us and what they mean to us if we were to not have them around.