You have a very good friend in Tia Torres of Pit Bulls and Parolees. She has unselfishly devoted her life to changing perceptions about this breed. All I know about Pit Bulls is from watching the show. You have chosen a very worthy cause so please continue your good work.
"Snapping" from any dog can be from dogs being hit. Many people who don't really have much dog knowledge or experience..or are very old fashioned hit their dogs as a way to make them behave. Many pits are owned by teenagers or men in their 20's and this is how they handle them.I know most pits are great dogs, but I do wonder about them. They do lead the way in fatalities and I've known a number of people who "raised their dog right" and still experienced the dog "snapping."
Do they vaccinate horses? Some people believe that behavioral changes can be related to all the vaccines they're giving dogs these days. Not starting a vaccine debate, just a thought. "Raised Right" means different things to different people too. And different training methods work with different dogs.My boyfriend and I are getting our first pit hopefully this weekend! I've never know a pit bull 'raised right' to snap or turn on their owners and handler, not to say it doesn't happen. Any dog has the potential to be bad minded and just plain nasty, same with horses. My family has owned many friendly and social giant and miniature schnauzers but one didn't turn out so well. He snapped and bit my sister in the face one night, causing her to have to get stitches. I've heard many similar stories with different breeds.
As for horses, we own American Saddlebreds which are known to be highly intelligent and very people oriented. That's not to say they all turn out that way. We had one so bad minded and dangerous that he had to be put down. Another mare wasn't quite put together right in the head despite our best efforts to train it out of her. My cousin was in love with her and offered to take her offour hands. She turned her into a pretty phenomenal jumper.
That said, all animals are individuals, each with different personalities, just like us. Some have faulty bloodlines and some just don't turn out right, at no fault of our own. I don't think breeds should be so stereotyped.