Back in the day Hancocks had their place. When horses were tools to get a job done and not pets. You made a big circle pounding rocks, you didn't trailer out in the morning, you trotted out from the barn and trotted back at the end of the day. And you didn't have the means to switch horses mid-day. Good cowboys were measured by their ability to ride a tough horse instead of now by being a good horseman(along with being a good cowman). Back then you needed a tough horse to work all day and mash around.
Times have changed, the need of the horse has changed.
I have not been a big fan of the Hancock horses. The first colt I ever started as a young teenager was a Hancock colt...it definitely left an impression! Lol.
Another one that sticks in my mind is a Hancock mare that was 5 years old sent to several different guys to start and ended up with a guy I was working for a summer in Oklahoma. I had never seen a horse deliberatley hurt it self just not to do what you ask. To get her broke enough to ride we put a running W on her, (this guy was very old fashioned in her method of colt starting) we got her broke enough to ride and promptly sent her back. Why ride a bad horse when are so many good ones!
I'm not saying all of them are like this....