Well I understand about what a previous poster said on people's opinions. Many people based their opinion on my step-father on a pretty bad time when his daughter's horse had an undiagnosed issue that caused intense mood swings in the horse. It almost killed her, and then almost killed him going insane. He reacted out of anger and fear which is always bad. he takes wonderful care of his horses and I have never seen him beat a horse, but after that night many people accused him of it. His friend stopped him, and I have to admit that if I thought that horse could have just killed my little girl I could have reacted the same way. He felt bad afterwards, and he sold the horse after it got treated. He realized that he had gotten way too emotional and could not fairly handle that horse anymore.
He has calmed down a lot, and he is very protective of his horses. They are taken care of wonderfully and trained based on each horse's needs. It's taken quite a few years for people to see him in any other light.