Last weekend I went to a tiny novice show with my trainer and friend, it was a success but there was an incident which I am wondering if I should have reported. This story is mostly what my friend told me, as I didn't see the whole thing myself.
So here's the story, sorry if it's too long:
At the show there was a horse that seemed to be very young and inexperienced in the ring, running out/ refusing to jump, bucking, etc. and was excused from the ring almost every class. Still, the rider seemed to be giving the horse a fair amount of praise when it was deserved and only used the crop when was needed as far as I could see. The actual issue came after the classes.
As my friend described it, the horse was tied to the side of the trailer (it was a tiny 1-day show so there was no need for stabling) and the rider was grooming him. The horse attempted to nip the rider, and the rider picked up a crop and hit the horse hard on the hindquarters. The horse broke his lead rope, pulled loose and began running around the trailer park. The rider ran after him and cornered him around a car, and grabbed his lead rope. I noticed the noise about then and stopped grooming my own horse to look around the trailer my horse was tied to. I saw that the loose horse had been caught and walked back to my horse. However, according to my friend, the loose horse's rider yanked on the lead rope. The horse was startled and scurried backwards into a car, where his leg got momentarily pinched by the wheel.The rider kept yanking and started yelling/swearing at the horse, the horse fell over, yes FELL OVER and the rider, still carrying the crop, pulled the horse up and started hitting him, still yelling and swearing.
Eventually the rider pulled the horse back to the trailer, I'm not sure what happened after that.
I know that this is terrible horsemanship and I feel very sorry for the poor horse, as well as MAD at the rider, but I do not believe the horse was seriously injured and so I'm not sure if this counts as abuse and should have been reported I just want to know in case of future incidents. Advice please?