Both of us grew up with more than a usual dose of loving animals. It did not matter what kind. As companions and as friends, animals were a large part of our youth. At some point early on, horses were introduced to both of us. Not show horses, just riding horses- bareback, gymkhana, as a means to interact socially with other kids who also liked animals with no particular need to extract a ribbon or prize. Listening to the sound of a horse chewing its hay was pleasure enough. Both of us, almost by accident, came across people who showed Arabian horses and thus it began.