Says a source close to Salman, "Salman has grown up with animals around as his dad Salim Khan would have cows and other farm animals at their Panvel land. While shooting for Veer, Salman started taking care of the horses he was working with, as part of the bonding process. He also made special arrangements for their stay and food and made sure that none of the animals suffered a bit while filming. After the shoot, every evening, he and ad man Bharat Dabholkar would go riding. Now Salman loves horses so much that he's planning to buy two. He's contacted all the best horse dealers in the country and will finalise a deal soon."
Salman confirms, "My love for horses has grown a lot especially after the shooting for Veer. In fact now I have decided to buy two horses for my farmhouse in Panvel." A horse called Laxmi became his favourite while shooting for Veer. He adds, "I was so attached to her that I must have fed her more biscuits than I have eaten in my entire life! We had the poor villagers all around while shooting who wouldn't get proper water etc and here I had this horse eating biscuits all the time. But I made sure huge biscuit packets also came for the all the children there."
Salman has an incident to narrate about his favourite horse, "In between shooting for Veer, she was shooting on some other film when she fell into a pond and nearly died. After healing, she came back to shoot with me on Veer. This time she was scared and shy, especially with strangers, and it took a lot of effort to get rid of her fear. By the time we were done with the shoot of the film, everybody had become so attached to their horses that we used to talk to them more than with each other!"
Everyone knows Salman Khan loves dogs and was shattered after the death of his beloved dogs MySon and MyJaan. Now he has two more dogs - MyLove and Saint at his Panvel farmhouse. And he has discovered a new found love for horses after working with them closely in his period film Veer. It is learnt that the actor is planning to buy a couple of horses too for his farmhouse in Panvel. He already has other farm animals on the property.