"There are just some horses that are naturally mean."
I still hold this for nonsense, but ok...let's say some horses are mentally ill...Charles Manson horses. But Max ain't one of them. He was fine when she got him. That means there is a good chance to reverse the process.
That statement shows your inexperiance perfectly. I've come accross one mean horse. Was it possibly hormonal? More then likely. Was he a nasty piece of work that was out to do damage? Hell yes!!! If I hadnt had him shot would he have killed someone? Deffinatly.
Originally Posted by corporate pride View Post
was the horse scared of something?? I'm not serious by the way but according to dsj that horses only do this if something scares them.
No the little horror was being bloody minded, didnt want to go out to the field (away from the feed buckets) and decided to pull away. I wasnt having it, so he reared up, span and then double barrelled me. Was it premeditated? As far as a horse can premeditate things yes, pulling away didnt get him his own way so he tried anouther option. I can tell you that the next time he tried it I made him think the world was ending. He never did it after that.
Ok, so getting kicked was not your fault. (I never said it was, simply that is is most of the time people get kicked.) But your horse was either afraid or in pain or otherwise distressed. Please do some research in horse psychology. A horse doesn't have the mental function to think out meanness. He was being a horse, reacting in a defensive manner. I mean, you know these are prey animals, right? Anything that upsets them, they strike out. You were in the horse's blind spot. He was distressed. He saw a blur behind him. He struck out. End of story. This is so basic. It wasn't meanness. It was defensiveness.
Ever seen colts playing and tussling for dominance. I knew a woman who was killed because her normaly saint like 3 yr old colt decided that the show ring was the perfect time to play, he reared up, struck out and then came down on her head, crushing it. She died instantly
He is the head of the spanish riding school in Vienna, Austria. I believe his methods are used to train the lipizanner stallions? Extreme high school & disciplined methods, also used in the training of the horses for Cavalia.
Was not IS, he died over 100 years ago.
At the end of the day, the horse is only an animal. I don't think it is worth risking human life around a dangerous animal. There are thousands of safe, sane horses going to waste every day. It is inevitable that horses will be slaughtered every day, why not let the bad ones take the place of the good ones? Sounds harsh, but that is how I feel. Yes, it is a shame if the horse is only bad because it is ruined by a person, but stuff happens. Move on.
DSJ have you ever delt with a horse with "red mist" syndrome? Those are real "mean" horses. They work them selves up about something and then it is though they get a red mist infront of thier eyes. They attack every thing they see, be it humans, dogs, chickens, barrels, bushes.
Very very dangerou, quite prevalent in OTTB's