06-26-2011, 10:16 PM
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Great, so some screwed up horse rots in a pasture while 3 perfectly healthy ones go for slaughter.
I don't anthropomorphize animals. I quite frankly don't care WHY a particular horse is so screwed up that he's become a danger to everyone around him. I am willing (as are most) to put a certain amount of time into an animal, before realizing I could save THREE for the time, energy and money it's going to cost to save one. And if you think you're somehow doing a mean ol' cuss who'd rather bite your face off a FAVOR while a bunch of other worthwhile horses go for slaughter, your priorities and emotions are seriously skewed.
Perhaps in THIS particular case, Max is "saveable", but even with a trainers help, chances are good she will just screw him up even MORE if she's managed to make him this dangerous and disagreeable in such a short amount of time. And quite frankly, any horse that goes THAT sour THAT quickly has a serious attitude problem to begin with. I've owned MANY horses, and not one of them would just turn on a human from a few months or even years of a child handling them and being nervous. It takes a pretty particular type of temperament to go THAT mean on a person for just a lack of confidence - there is obviously history there and a lot more mistreatment or issues then just the OP's lack of confidence.