SO glad this was stickied.
I would say about 60% of the horse people I know have horses that were aquired for the purpose of trail riding, but are now pasture pets because they bought a horse beyond their experience to be able to handle. It drives me bonkers. If you are a timid rider or a newbie, why did you buy that young green horse??
I know someone, honest truth, who got a yearling filly and would sit in the stall with her and send her loving vibes, thinking it would make her easy to train. This horse is now a dangerous 7 yr old that bites, rears, and is a general bully. And by the way, the horse is a MINIATURE.
You Cannot train with love alone.
Yet, in their defense, the aforementioned horses sure are pretty.
Excellent post, smrobs.