Just a little more info about my horse to clarify.......
I purchased him when he was about 12 years old. He was a rescue horse that a woman saved from one of her relatives along with another horse, an Arab. She told me that it took her 1 year to get my Saddlebred back to health. She sent him to a barn to be used in a lesson program, but she said "He did not earn his keep" so he was sent back to her. We knew absolutely nothing else about his past. This woman was honest when she said he needed an advanced rider. I took a trainer with me and the barn owner I knew at the time with me to check out the horse. (By the way the barn owner's vet was the person who told us about this horse for sale. The vet was the one who had got this horse back to good health.) I rode him and I loved him. He needed work on his canter, but the trainer assured me that it cound be fixed. We all thought he had the willingness to learn. At the 1st barn, he didn't show aggression toward the other horses, but he would kick in his stall so much that he even kicked the wall down that separated his stall form the next one. The barn owners were very angry-I don't blame them. (I had been at this barn for 11 years with my previous Saddlbred that died of cancer.) Within 6 mon I had moved to a place with a huge stall and the horses were placed outside much longer druing the day before they were brought in. This seemed to work for awhile, until the barn owner would run out of hay to feed the horses and medications/supplements were not given to horses etc, so I moved to barn #3. Here is when he got the 106 degree fever for no reason at all. This is Natisha's barn. She took awesome care of him. He started the severe attacks that were witnessed by the barn owner. I tried another barn ...barn #4. He was great the first 3 months no problem. They knew what he had done in the past-I told them. They didn't believe it based on what they had observed....Then out of the blue...He attacked and the barn owner said she had never seen anything like it. I had to leave. Natisha offered to take him back...I went back to barn #3. She had him in his own paddock. Occasionally, some of my rides on him were challenging. Then Jan 2011, I came out to let me loose in the arena..it was too cold to ride. I could tell he was in his "bad" mode. The second I let him loose in the indoor arena, he went ballistic and kicked and missed my head by inches-another boarder saw it and said, "You've got to do something about that horse". (I should have released him with him facing me not on the side of him-my mistake.) So that is when my brother said , "Let's just let him be a horse, bring him down by me". Please know- I had a lot of great, wonderful rides with him-more so than bad. My brother had him in a separate pasture at first. As they observed him, he showed no aggression. They loved him! They noticed he was a nervous horse, somewhat hyper at times, but showed no aggression. So, they tried him with 10 of their mares. They watched very closely and things were fine. In the pecking order, he was low man on the totem pole. For over a year-no incidents!!! Then last Friday out of the blue....it happened. My sister in law was there. She saw it from start to finish. She ran out to try to intervene but couldn't stop it. The mare he killed was the buddy he hung around with. She was a wonderful mare! I don't get it. I still can't believe it . All of us are in a coma here. Out entire family and extended family is just so saddened. He was so beautiful and he could be so good. He just had the darn "switch". One thing for sure is he taught me to be a much better rider.
Thank you all again for your information and kind words. This forum is therapy for me in helping me learn and deal with this.
Love, Elwood's Mom