I have found very little information online regarding the woman who was attacked by her stallion in Nikiski. However this sad event has prompted me to write a little about it. Please forgive me I have as many facts as you do about what happened, I do not know the family nor do I know horse that attacked.
It has prompted a lot of discussion within the horse community about horse handling and stallions in general. Stallion ownership is not something I ever aspire to do. They require living conditions that belong to them alone, they require in many cases special handling and most of the time are feared in general. A notion I have no intent of changing simply because caution usually denotes safer behavior.
This does not mean that any horse shouldn’t be handled with the utmost care and caution. True there is a lot of debate going on about stallions in particular but any horse can hurt you. Horses are twelve times bigger than us, and have four times faster reflexes than we do. Horses have been on this planet evolving for 50 million years now. They survived because they not only are incredibly adaptable but have very evolved flight instincts. That lighting quick reaction time keeps them from being another animal’s dinner.
Most horses do not react violently, not even if they are provoked. It is not in horse nature to be violent without a cause unless it’s in defense of something or a herd related matter. I have seen horses react violently that are not socialized often enough with other horses or that have been mishandled. I have seen stallions react to things that stallions will react to.
My simple point here is that all horses have the potential to be dangerous. I have only been teaching 13 years and only handling horses for 30 something years but in that time I have only had one horse related injury and have not had a client injured. Please everyone – be cautious with your horse handling.