Speedy's been with me since he was a 3 year old. By the time he turned 4, I swore that I would never buy another 3 year old ... or a 4 year old ... or even a 5 year old. In fact, I wrote for sale ads until the dude was 8. It was about that time that he finally started to become a somewhat decent equine citizen.
When I first started this blog in 2011, Speedy was nearly 7 so you only got a glimpse of some of the weird ass crap that he pulled. Over the past five years of adulthood, Speedy has just gotten more and more dependable. He's still a stinker now and then, but over all, the dude's a saint. It just seemed like 8 was the magic number.
Arabs mature slowly. It seemed like it took Speedy forever to become an adult. I've heard that warmbloods also mature slowly. If someone can confirm that 8 is their magic number number as well, I will be very happy.