I am wondering mainly what you would do in this scenario (it just happened to me):
You have your horse tied on a tie post ~10 feet long. She's tied at one end, leaving the other end free. There are 3 other tie posts empty and therefore available for use. Your horse is not a puller, and you don't leave her alone for extended periods of time so she can't get into trouble.
A lady leads her horse up to the tie post you're at, and ties her horse nose to nose with your horse. This lady is not someone you know, and there's no way she, or you, can know how the horses will behave. Her horse acts aggressively/dominantly towards your horse, causing her to pull hard back and snap the leather halter.
After catching your horse with a spare halter, what would you do?
Luckily for me, my horse has no physical/psychological (ie fear of the tie posts) damage. She seemed to be alright after this happened, just kind of scared when I tried to lead her forward so I could grab my lead rope (still attached to the post). She is alright to tie to other posts though. This lady gave me a weak "Ooooh, I'm sorry." But didn't move her horse.
I went and bought another leather halter, and then wrote her a letter requesting reimbursement for the halter her irresponsibility broke, and the barn owner a letter to let him know. I don't want to start any drama, but I cannot believe the total lack of consideration and fact that I have to buy a new halter because she chose not to think.
I have seen a horse pull and get tangled when she was unable to pull free of the halter. All night I've been having visions of going back out to the barn and seeing something I missed, like her with neck pain due to a fracture of something crazy like that. Though I am aware that finding anything is highly unlikely and I'm just being paranoid.
So what would you do? Just continue on and say nothing? Buy a new halter and keep quiet? What I did? Something else entirely?