Rebel was treated like a big dog until he came to my family at 9 months old. My grandmother bought him so they could "learn together" against my objections and everyone else. I received him about 6 weeks ago because he was becoming dangerous.
The farrier IMO didn't do anything wrong. Rebel is quite good about putting his hooves on my stand, and the farrier knew this so he asked Rebel to put his hoof on his stand. I don't know if its because they looked different, but Rebel reared up. I brought him down, made him back up, yield, to refocus him, then went back to the stand, he reared again, and this time flung himself sideways and went down on his side.
He has a SEVERE lack of training, but I'm doing my best with him. He's a huge challenge, but I'm learning, and he has gotten so much better. 6 weeks ago I couldn't touch his hooves, now I can pick them up, place them on a hoof stand, rasp them, and he's fine. This was his first official farrier visit so maybe that was the issue?