03-22-2012, 02:21 PM
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I was once called to work with a horse that charged. I put the horse on a longe line and longed him for about 10 minutes and he did nothing. The owner was a woman. A lady friend who was a competent horse person had accompanied me. I asked her if she wanted to longe the horse. The horse went around about four times and then charged. He was on top of her so fast from 20 feet away that she didn't even have time to get an arm up to protect her face. The horse hit her in the head with his mouth and knocked her to a squatting position. We had a stud chain on the horse and she managed to bang him back away from her. She came out of it with a small cut on her forehead from a tooth. Most people have no idea that rogue horses like this one exist. When you are protecting your life from a thousand pound animal that is attacking you the last thing in your mind should be giving the horse a tap "only on the nose and limiting it to only one tap." This mentality is so childish and immature. What you should be doing is aggressively going after his eyes. I know that this sounds harsh but it is better than being dead. This is not a fuzzy little pet you are dealing with and it does have the very real capacity to end your life. I later found out that this same horse had broken another trainer's back. Having written this I will qualify that this type of aggressive horse is so rare that most of you will probably never see one.