Originally Posted by tinyliny
If this kind of thing happended a lot then I would definintely leave that place, but if it was a very rare occurance, I might give them another chance.
I agree. Horses are a prey-type animal. Even the most "bomp-proof" and level headed of horses can have off days I believe. But if this is a lesson/beginner's horse we are talking about, it should be minimal.
I know that as a beginner it can be difficult to spot mistakes and deficiencies that would make a barn unsuitable to take lessons at. But if the horses spook or act up like this often I would look into switching barns.
When I first began riding I took lessons at a place that, on the surface, seemed popular and knowledgeable with many "good" horses. However the instructors were young and rude, and the horses only knew one thing- to follow the lead horse on a trail. They were difficult, spooked a lot (I got thrown from a horse that took off with me on him), and had no manners. Kids got thrown all the time, even on trails with people who knew little about riding. At the time I couldn't see that this wasn't normal until I decided to check out another barn out of curiosity. Glad I did! It's where I ride now and they are awesome.