Let’s talk about trainers, and rank horses.
Although most decent ones can work with horses the average layperson would not take on, they do have their limits.
Trainers are usually self employed, and although the odd injury happens most cannot afford to be crippled for life or killed by a rank lunatic horse, leaving their family to try and get by without them.
Many horses come for routine backing and 30 days w/t/c. It is also not uncommon to get horses in who have been allowed to get away with all manner of nonsense, but once in experienced hands they learn quite quickly their antics are not going to fly. And they stop.
Sometimes it is also a matter of training the humans LOL.
But sometimes, no matter the careful groundwork and preparation, a horse comes along that is just…nuts-for lack of a better term. Extremely reactionary, often without a sense of self preservation. I do not think it is common for any horse to actually try to kill or cripple us, but they certainly can…without malice or forethought.
Some just don’t ever respond to desensitizing and groundwork no matter how often it is repeated, some have been left unhandled until they know full well they can drag or run people over easily. I gave up on one of the latter, it just wasn’t worth it.
Sometimes a trainer has to call it a day, for their own safety and the good of their family.
I wonder what becomes of these few horses who get sent home by trainers…do the owners try and find another person, who may or may not have any success? Do they try and sell the horse? Do they throw it back out in the field to continue the life of a pasture puff/terrorist?