Red adored Margaret and she was pretty dang crazy about him but she is a trainer and doesn't take any pissy behavior off of a horse. All of her horses are sweet, well behaved and well trained animals. The few that were pissy were also gone. She says life is too short to spend with horses that are too cranky or too stubborn to train.
I know she can been tough but she is never unfair. This is the way I look at it. A horse is a huge animal that is way stronger than a man. Any time you have a horse that is not trained to be safe around humans you have a horse that will eventually hurt someone or be on the next meat wagon to Canada or Mexico. That is wrong on so many levels.
People that go on and on about "oh my...you can't correct Dobbin or Nellie - it would be cruel" are killing them with kindness. I am with you ... correct them, train them and love 'em to pieces. I used to tell Red that even if I didn't know how to kick his butt I knew someone that did! He was always such a good boy for me. He now is learning to jump and getting ribbons hung on his bridle and his little 12 year old owner adores him. That make me a happy camper.
DriftingShadow - Drifter sounds like a good boy. Red was always that way with me...I swear the horse's thought bubble was like "I can do it but YOU aren't ready for that so we will go this way". Horses can be pretty dang intuitive!