Originally Posted by Elana
The first place I worked there was a horse that the owner had bred. He was a chestnut QH that had enough Thoroughbred in him to look more like the Thoroughbred but with better bone. He was a bright red Chestnut and he was a good solid 16hh. He was gelded before a year old.
This horse would bite.. and he REALLY meant it. He would go for you. If you smacked him hard (and believe me.. I do not take any crap like this from horses) he would come back at you worse than before.. and I mean really come at you. You could escalate it and so would he. I would call him a truly dangerous horse and it was in him.. I suspect genetics.. because he was most certainly never abused (had the finest care and training actually).
One day I was picking manure out of the run in shed (daily chore) and he came into the shed and went for me. I had a wheel barrow and a manure fork and a rake.. and he came at me with ears pinned and teeth bared at a gallop. I used the only weapon I had.. the fork.. and I stuck him but good. Another horse would have backed off.. but not this one. He came at me again. He did respect the fork enough after the first stick to dance around some and try to avoid that. He even reared and came at me on his hind legs striking with his front feet!
I managed to work my way around to the man-pass door and got out of there.
Now, this same horse was good to ride and not bad to lead, groom and so forht.. but any other time (in his loose box, feeding him, out in the paddock) he would come at you and his intentions were entirely evil.
This horse was eventually sold and made into a successful 3 day event horse. Worked great.. but he did bite his owner in the back once so badly the guy had to go to the hospital.
My point in telling this tale is that sometimes you may run into a horse that will escalate the fight if whack him. In the case of this horse, I believe he needed to be laid down. I also think he should have been hobble broken. I could think of a couple of other things I would have tried with him.. but he was NOT my horse and the owner was "English riding Only" and would never have used hobbles or any other "western" type training.
I am not saying the OP's horse is like this gelding. All I am saying is you really need to read the horse that bites and be prepared that he may very well come at you harder and meaner if he is that sort. You need to be prepared to do anything you have to.. and have the skills to do those things.
As good a three day horse as this gelding turned into, I think he was dangerous enough that, if after trying a few things (like laying him down) he remained dangerous I think the cure should have been a lead slug between the ears.
I do not know what happened to him. This was back in the 1970's.
I've never encountered a horse like that, but I've heard of them. I would have cut my losses by selling him for glue. Nobody needs a horse like that. I would never sell him to another person other than for slaughter, out of concern that he would hurt somebody. Sorry, but I'm not one to believe that animals should be saved at all costs.