When you own a horse, your horse's behavior is a DIRECT reflection on you. Right or wrong that's the way it is. People look at the way your horse acts as a direct result of your training. If your horse acts wonderfully around strangers and caregivers, it means you must be wonderful. And if he is a jerk, well...
Our trimmer/farrier showed up today to give the mustangs a trim for the summer, and put shoes on our daughter's horse, Estes. He had a MAJOR case of tendonitis in his right wrist, and of course he is right handed, so he brought up an apprentice/partner to work on our horses.
Juanita's horses, Jesse and Washoe were just fine. They both stood for their trims with a minimum of muss or fuss. Estes was getting shoes put on, and was a little twitchy when the shoes were going on, but that's kind of understandable. I mean, nailing an iron bar to your foot? How would YOU feel.
Then we have Ranger. Each time the farrier comes up, I hold my breath. The first time that he worked on Ranger... wasn't real good. The phrase "Double-tap" was used. Ranger took offense to having his foot manhandled, and kicked the poor guy twice in his thigh before you could say "ouchohmygodouchohmygod". That ended his day, and I sent him home with a couple of beers. It was about 6 months later before he came back to work on our guys again. That time, it went okay. Ranger wasn't happy about it, but he put up with it. Our horse shoe'r said he HAD to come work on Ranger again, because he had never failed with a horse before, and he had to keep his record clean. He figured he hadn't failed with Ranger now. It had just taken a while to finish him up...
Today, Ranger stood like a rock star. No, a "rock star" would have been jumping around a lot and making all kinds of noise. Ranger just stood there. Licking his lips and letting me scratch his head. Dead calm.
My horse behaved well. On this day, I am not a jerk.