Completely. I had 1 who passed away and one who I was forced to sell at once. I would never have parted with them unless I was forced too. I now have a 6yr who I’ve had huge offers for but I will never sell him. I suppose it depends on the person
I think we all have different relationships with our horses, it's like with human beings. I bought the pony I was leasing for 2 years when he was going to be sold because I just couldn't let him go, even though he's really not the horse who's going to take me to prize giving every weekend and make me progress.
I just have him by my side and I couldn't imagine my life without him now, but I ride another horse now, I adore him really he will always have a special place in my heart, but not the same as my first horse 🙂