To handle on the ground he is a kitten, though if he sees something he wants to explore you have to growl at him to remember his manners as he wants to lead the way. Nothing that worries me in the least. Complete darling with BO's granddaughter. Friend who shares the house ADORES him, and is devastated about the whole deal...we are going to have some long talks, and I am so sorry about how hurt he is. He is in fact the strong confident rider who would be PERFECT for my boy, but he is a competetive rider who does not need a pleasure mount.
The risk for my BO is multiple..not the handling on the ground, but the risk if he decides to do this again. Yesterday it was my gelding...but what happens if he takes exception to someone else's horse? Granted we are a small family there, but even so....I am almost considering myself lucky that the injuries are only flesh wounds that will heal. I would never, never have believed it if it hadn't happened right in front of me. Where it is also a risk for my BO is if she is home alone (which is often the case) - she does not deserve to be put into the position of having to go out and deal with this scenario by herself. She is a confident horsewoman, but I have to be fair to her too. And to my DSO...had he not slowed down gelding's mad backwards scramble I would have been right in the path of it.