I took my daugther and her best friend to see Citrus and give him some grain after going to a movie. We petted him and loved on him in the pasture and then went in the barn to see the horse who got his eye removed.
I heard thundering hooves behind the grove of trees and knew instantly all the pasture horses got out (I think 7 live out there).... I yelled and yelled to the girls to get the barn owner but they were catching frogs.... of course the horses then started to run towards the long drive that goes to the road.... I ran over there and scared them towards the hay....
By this time my daughter had gone upstairs to get the barn owner (He and his family live on top of the stable in a really nice house)... he came down as calm as ever, asked if I was in the driveway and went and got the herd leader. Unfortunately, none of the horses followed the leader. The barn owner got them all gathered back and put in their pasture. They are all safe and uninjured!!
I thought for sure my daughter had left the gate unlocked but actually the horses had broken the latch.... so no one is in trouble. I really thought I was going to have to bring the hammer down on my girl for leaving it unlatched. We had a review lesson on double checking the gate and on what to do when a large group of horses is spooked. Now all is well.