Originally Posted by herdbound
I have worked with oxygen deprived animals who were spared death at birth. In my opinion all the owners have done is prolonged the inevitable. The ones I have had the displeasure of working with have been aggressive above normal levels. There is no place for aggressive horses in the world...they are far far too dangerous and unpredictable. You can take all the time in the world to teach them different but their brains are different. They react irrationally and extremely aggressive for no fault of the human and I guess sadly, not really any fault of their own BUT they are still prone to behavior that can make them extremely dangerous and yes even deadly. I just think it's best to just end something before it begins. The same applies for horses like Arabians born with Cerebrial Abiotrophy why subject the poor thing to a life of confusion and lack of coordination? My sister ended up with an arabian afflicted by this and she tried very hard for 6 whole years to give her as normal of a life as possible but in the end it was this disorder that eventually claimed her because she fell over a hill and impaled her rear end on a log. Sometimes mother nature knows best. Horses have the purpose of keeping it's human "safe" if it is going to be undependable and even aggressive towards humans and other animals it is just best to put them down or instead of blowing them back, just let them pass away...shows more compassion to me to do this in the beginning, than to wait several years until something bad comes of it.
At what age did you start working with these horses? I'm of the Buck Brannaman school of thought, and I doubt you'll change my mind. He and I both believe that if you start young enough you can help these horses. But if you don't start young there is nothing you can do.
I've had the pleasure of working with some oxygen deprived horses that were raised properly and they were sweet and happy horses, neither agressive or unpredictable.
Also, Stan please don't lecture me on psychology I am very well versed thank you as that's what my degree is in ;) (i also never said that mentally disabled people live normal lives).