I'm no longer on an Ipod typing, so hopefully I can come across clearly.
I perfectly understand where you are coming from, tinyliny
This is the first time I have gone about 'training' a horse without the assistance of a trainer. I have worked in many, many barns as a caretaker. Including handling horses of various sizes (from ponies to drafts) with various personalities. I can handle the occasional rude horse who can come across 'hot'. I am not incompetent/fearful/easily pushed around when it comes to the horses. I have plenty of experience with them, or I would be honest and tell this lady I do not think I can work with her horses. I would not wish further bad habits on them.
I did not know these horses were this.. bad. That is why this behavior came as a shock to me. When I say 'they' I really should only say Duke. The others have minor issues I have dealt with before. Duke is my trouble.
I was not at a loss when he ran forward. He caught me off guard today when he did so. I had turned around to start walking back to the barn with him in hand, when I assume
he heard something and started rushing forward.
Today was just gaining a fresh understanding on how they act in-hand, in their stalls, etc.