My first Rule of Thumb: If it has a heart and pumps blood?? It's unpredictable. There is NO SUCH THING as bombproof
and people should not even be allowed to use that term.
I have been on a horse since I was two; started going to auctions with my grandpap and breaking them when I was 12.
I am so sorry this happened but it has been going on since the beginning of time. It is a sad testimony that the ethics and integrity of some people has only gotten worse over the years.
I saw this on Inside Edition a few weeks back, so Googled the original story. How disgusting is THIS News - INSIDE EDITION Investigates Horse Selling Scam - InsideEdition.com
I thought I saved the actual FBI article on this but, as usual, I can't find anything when I want to
My four horses are broke to death - so broke and so gentle that folks have asked if either of the younger ones might be for sale. My kind reply is they are broke to death and bombproof (there's that word) because I keep them that way.
One has bad attitude and would run right over a new horse owner, the other one has big spook factors when he goes out by himself and likes to lip-nip for which he gets continually corrected. How far would these two broke-to-death safe horses last in an environment where nobody has any experience?
There are more problem horses in this world than there aren't. They got that way by being mis-handled either by a well-intending novice owner that has no one to guide them (and I mean physically touching the horse), or someone has either been rough with them or just flat-out abused them.
Then they get sold or given away, someone "re-schools" them for the sole purpose of making money and doesn't care who the horse goes to, so it ends up in the same situation it came from, only with different owners.
No wonder there are so many nut cases horses waiting to stomp the next person that looks at them.
Those horses that are truly truly safe for an inexperienced rider are few and far between and finding someone ethical to help that inexperienced rider can be even more rare.
Shame on the horse traders who prey on these folks. When I've gone to look at a horse the Traders I knew that were trying to sell as a family horse, they would say "oh you don't want that horse, it's got issues" hrmph - imagine that