I'm not a groupie of any trainer - although I'd take CA over PP or Monty Roberts any day of the week, as a lot of the stuff I do happens to be his approach. But I'd like to provide a cultural perspective to his response.
Firstly, this response came after a LOT of abuse online (and probably phone calls too) where he's been consistently harassed, and his staff probably have been too. The stuff I've seen out there is not nice at all, and very ignorant for the most part (think PETA met a bunch of angry Justin Bieber fans). It'd make me pretty mad too.
CA is an Aussie. He's really a typical Aussie horseman who's managed to make it big. And his response reads like what I'd have expected from the horsemen I've known (some great, some terrible - that's not the point). No, it wasn't a professional scripted PR
message, and that is probably a mistake on his part because he IS a public figure, but it was genuine. And it really wasn't that bad, if you read it as an Aussie - but I can see how it would be inappropriate to people in the US. And yes, that's his mistake, because he does deal with a global audience thanks to his success. But it wasn't rude and obnoxious as some people want to make out - it was frustrated, and not well thought out, but it was also not a copy-paste PR
message, where you're left deciphering the bulls***. To be honest, if he weren't an international figure and the owner had been an Aussie, this response would be appreciated for its directness and lack of corporate cr*p.
On another matter, most of the people making comment around the web are of the unicorn fart and butterfly ilk, and see the horse as a poor big cuddly thing that was abused to death. This was a horse that was consistently throwing people and injuring them - probably thanks to the owner seeing him as a fairy horse (as seen from her interpretation of his behaviour). I feel sorry for this horse, but not because it ran into CA. I feel sorry for it because it was pretty obviously not given any discipline by the owner, became a dangerous animal and died as a result. And had it just continued on its path of bad behaviour, there's a chance it would have ended up euthed as a dangerous animal. She created a problem, she wanted it fixed. She could have opted to retire the horse, but she didn't. In my book, her fault.