Not sure where in WNY you are......but a belated welcome. ( I am from there, and live p there in the summer). I am glad you are ok, and even happier that you are moving. A horse like this simply cannot be tolerated around kids. Difficult at any barn, but not with kids for sure. I actually HAD one of these monsters......he DID up the ante all the time, and when I sold him (to a trainer) it could have said "alpo Pick up" on the side of the truck. That horse was truly scary. There was no whip long enough, and at the time, my daughter was little, and others were going into the pasture. I was not willing to have that liability.
As far as hitting them in the face-in a situation like this-I certainly would not aim at it, but I would not be upset if that was where the whip landed for sure. This horses owner and the BO had better have really good insurance.....they may just need it.
You also did the right thing by telling others, IMO. Gossip? I hardly think so, since it actually happened to YOU, not someone else. I would have been out of there yesterday. Enjoy the new place!
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