Thank you all for your replies!
While I don't legally own my horse (Creampuff), I am the only one to work extensively with her. Even her legal owner refuses to touch her and will call me from across the paddock to prepare her for a rider, or move her into a pen to get some lunch. In a manner of speaking she is my horse; she responds best to me. While she may rear, spin, and bolt for one person (or just battle them the whole way), she will merely turn and then plant her feet until I ask her to turn around. She's the kind of horse who has no intention of hurting anyone.
As for Kitten and Speed Racer: My issue is the lack of trainers in my area. I know of one rescue nearby my home town (Catlin, IL) that rescues horses but I cannot for the life of me find their number! I've checked phone books, website rescue listings, online phone books: nothing. But people know of this establishment and I've heard numerous good things about it. (Even that they have a ginormous Clydesdale who even my boss, who loves the breed, is terrified of.)
Otherwise there is the ranch I mentioned earlier (if you can call it that). I know they breed; I have seen mares with foals numerous times. However, I don't know if I should just go and knock on their door.
At the stable I work, we have horses who kick, bite, and will even rear if given the chance. The lot of our herd is dead broke (or close to), but others are not. For example, Creampuff has a saddle issue; if someone other than me saddles her they need to distract her (such as crinkling a wrapper). Part of me wonders why I'm the only person out of over 10 workers, even her owners, who have no issues at all with her outside of her occasionally trying to test me.
Because of her and another horse I work with, 20-year-old gelding Ben Red Dee (Ben), I've become passionate about training. After beginner horseman working with Ben for some time he wouldn't let anyone touch his ears for any reason; using pressure and release I've relieved him of that worry with his ears. However I don't want to do a lot of training for these horses (such as teaching them to turn on a dime with leg pressure like a friend's barrel horse will); they are rented out for trails/lessons. Let alone, a beginner rider would be mortified if their horse did something they unknowingly asked for!
The biggest issue around this area is the lack of resources for this profession and a recently totaled family car. I fully expect the bruises and scrapes, even possible broken bones, that come with this profession I'm pursuing. And I'm fully ready to take that one for the sake of these animals.
"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative." (H.G. Wells)
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