Why did you let her ride him if you know he has issues with strange people? Did you somehow think everything was going to magically be all right?
I do have to agree that he sounds dangerous, but only because he's not been trained properly. If you're not going to get him the proper professional training he needs, then STOP letting other people on him.
I get so tired of people making excuses for their horse's bad behaviour because it was abused. He's not being abused NOW, so you need to stop letting him act like a wild child and blaming it on his previous history. Discipline is not abuse, and your horse needs to learn that he has to behave or there will be consequences.
You can be mad all you want, but you're more guilty than your landlady because you're his owner and should be protecting him from abusive situations.
So suck it up, accept your OWN guilt in this, learn from your mistakes, and move on.
I let her ride him because I was right there
watching, SR. She ditched me on the trail. I wasn't there to watch anymore. As I mentioned originally, he isn't comfortable with new people, but is not mean, just tense.
Because my horse doen't move off the leg he is dangerous? She was trying to force him to do something he doesn't know how to, he was responding the best he knew how (speeding up with leg pressure) and that
makes him dangerous?
This was a one time thing, and I generally do not let others ride my horse, but I think it is important for him to learn that he doesn't have to fear other people riding him. Since my landlady is an accomplished horse woman, and I was to be in sight, this should have been a positive learning experience for my horse. My landlady removed him from my sight, and asked him to perform things that he doesn't know how to do. He does steer, stop and go, just nothing fancy. Not many horses really go beyond that in their training, so how does this make him dangerous?
Yes, not moving off leg is acting like a "wild child." Seriously?
It takes time to overcome abuse. You would not expect a child who had been abused to just suck it up and not be scared of the stressors, would you?
I never said she abused my horse ether, thank you. I said she asked him to do things he didn't understand, then told me to strap him down, put a bit in his mouth and make him move off my leg. I don't see what is so wrong with doing things... hmm... properly? Maybe.