Originally Posted by Hanksmom
My daughter inherited a 6 year old Percheron. It has been a weird year for him. His owner died in February and he was shipped from him home and his best friend in July. He has basically been left in the field for 4 years and hasn't had any good work done with him. We have a fantastic barn and a fantastic trainer. He has kicked a couple of times - once barely missed the trainer with both back legs during a light workout and the second time he kicked me squarely in the knee (waiting on the results of the MRI). When I asked the previous owners mom about his kicking, she said that he has kicked the owner twice when he was two and sent her to the hospital so he was put away and not worked - like he was when he kicked me. When he kicked me, we were working on ground manners and he didn't give any warning, just "cow kicked" me as I was getting him out of my space.
This week, we had an awful workout - his trainer and two other seasoned handlers worked him for 1.45 hours and at the end of the session, he kicked back twice. The second workout the next day he didn't kick out at all.
So here is my quandary. The trainer says to sell him because he is dangerous and unpredictable, or put him down. The mother of the previous owner said that the owner used to ride him all the time (saddle was a bad fit) or they put pallets behind him and he pulled them and it was fun. She stated that this behavior is unusual and usually he is sweet and gentle.
Could this behavior be because he has had so many changes in his life in such a short period of time and we are working him and he is not used to it? The previous owner had so many health issues that she couldn't work him properly at all during his 4 years with her so he is so green.
Do I give up on him and sell him or hope that with proper training he will come around? He isn't dumb and is very smart.
Any advice would be great!
I'm confused - what you have stated above seems contradictory to me.
Was he ridden all the time or was he off for 4 years?
Then, the previous owners mother stated that he was sweet and gentle but that he kicked and sent the previous owner to the hospital?
Maybe it's the way this is written but it doesn't make sense to me.