Last year in about August he attacked his owner while she was coming to bring him in for his evening feed. When I say "attacked" I mean he actually lunged at her and bit her in the forehead and ripped her face open. I had to rush her to hospital for emergency treatment. Thank goodness I was there or who knows what would have happened.
He just has a bad reputation. Although she claims not to be, his owner is terrified of him on the ground. Just from the way she handles him you can see that she is always concerned he hurts her. When he is under saddle he works well but constantly has his ears pinned at anyone going past.
On sunday I went to help bring the horses in because the BO was at a show and we always help her out. I walked over to another horse to bring him in and this aggressive horse just came out of nowhere at me. He was a good 30 meters away and I was not even looking in his direction. Next thing is he kicked his back legs up, came galloping straight at me, hit his brakes, reared up in my face and lashed out with his front hooves. This of course caused the other horses around me to lash out at him in defense and I don't know how I never got hurt. As he came back down he lunged at my face again, teeth bared. Only the devil could have a worse face. Then he turned around, kicked his back legs at me and ran off towards his stable.
I know it was feed time and horses tend to get a tad worked up sometimes, but this behaviour is just not acceptable to me. If he was my horse I would have him PTS. The owner has given him more than enough time (years) to come right and he has only worsened even with kind treatment. I am not afraid of horses no matter how big or small they are, but this one I avoid at all costs. I just won't risk being injured by him. You can't even walk past his stall without his lunging at you.
His stable is next to my horses stable and the side walls are open so the horses can put their heads over. I was filling up my water bucket the other day and lucky I looked up first because this same horse had his head over and ears back and was lashing out at me to bite me.
There is just no reason for him to act this way. I know many horses that were abused worse than he was and they have all rehabilitated into wonderful animals. Many of the ponies at the yard come from abusive backgrounds, they are all wonderful. I don't know exactly how he was abused but I don't think it matters at this point.
I know his owner thinks she is doing a good thing by giving him a second chance at life but he is not co operating much to deserve it. Im not into having animals put to sleep unless they are suffering but in this case I personally would have it done to save more accidents to other horses and people. And she could be using that time and money to help another animal and in the proces perhaps enjoy her horse. I see nothing enjoyable about this creature
I don't really know the owner well enough to offer the suggestion though and the BO has mentioned it to her but she says she will never. I don't know what to do, all I know is that from now on when he is around I wear a helmet and carry a whip in case.
I sound cold and callous about an animal but I really detest this horse and I am happy to admit he is the first horse I can say I am scared of. Everyone is. I had to warn new people the other day to avoid him because he was standing waiting to come in for lunch and this woman walked over with a toddler who wanted to pat the horses. It's just not safe.
Im waffling now, I need suggestions on how to make the owner see reason. What is it going to take? Another serious injury?