Yes I've done that sort of work plenty of times before, but I also know when something is beyond my experiance and I have to pass the horse on. Further more I can recognise when a horse truely is aggressive and when it is just scared or confused. I can tell which horses will come right and which ones probably never will and I am responsible enough to have the horse shot rather then risk someones life. The vast majority of the horses I have had have come from auctions where there were kill buyers. The kill buyers pay decent money over here so non of them have been cheap.
Pride cost me £800 from the meat man so I only buy horses that I can do something with. I don't buy ill conformed horses, horses who never have any potential to go on to be stars. Pride was a stunning, very well conformed pony who had the potential to do very very well in the show ring (and ultimately did do extremely well and turned into the best horse on the yard, he has his own fanclub in the local PC and I have loads of people wanting him on loan) Pride was aggressive but it was all fear, he has had it beaten into him, litteraly someone had taken a yard brush and beaten the S*** out of him to the point he had had to fight back or die, so he learnt to fight, he learnt to be preemptive and attack you before you could attack him, all he needed was to learn that he could trust, that I was the leader and if he stepped out of line he would get punished but it would never be to that extent, it would never be for no reason and it would never be if I had given him unclear instructions. Yes I have smacked Pride when the situation warrented it, but it was always made abundantly clear why he was getting the smack.
Oscar had been in a stable fire and had come to associate people with the painful changing of dressings. Unfortunatly 3 yrs of trying with him did not help and the day came when he ripped of that girls ear that we just had to say enough was enough.
Sherbert had something wrong in his head I'm sure of it. I have never met such a nasty, aggressive horse who was out to kill people.
I love my horses, but no horse is worth my life or my future, I will sell a horse on if I can't cope, I will have a horse shot if it is dangerous.