This is pretty much the stupidest thing I've ever seen a horse do. Granted, I haven't been around horses every day all of my life. But wow. This one took talent.
My trainer moved to a new barn on friday(thank goodness), and we went out there yesterday to work one of her horses. When we turned him out, we knew we were in for one heck of a day. He was completely spazzing out, galloping around the arena and screaming for his buddies, ect(aww.. :[ ) But after about 15 minutes of that we brought him in and put him in the cross ties. Now these cross ties don't have a wall behind them. It's the kind that are in an aisle. So we got the saddle on him and everything, and he starts pulling back. Ugghh.
So the really smart boy falls on his butt, then rears straight up, hitting his head on one of the poles supporting the roof. The patch of hair he scraped off is still up there(ick). So after rearing, he falls again, and then turns so that he's totally facing the wrong direction, but manages to slip out of his halter(Weirdest thing I've ever seen...apparently I put it on loosely, thank goodness!). Then he trotted away a few feet and just stood there, puffing nervously. Boy, was that scary! All we could do was watch this train wreck! It was pretty awful. For a second I thought he was going to kill himself. :/ But my trainer got him and just walked around a little while inspecting her $4500 saddle. *headdesk*
We took him back over to the cross ties and I just held him while she finished tacking him up, and she got on and had a pleasant, short ride that she ended on a good note. She says that was the stupidest thing she's probably ever seen a horse do. He's 15 years old, but acts(and rides) like he's about 2. Let's just say that horse is no longer an option for me to lease over the summer. :] I'd like a sane schoolmaster that can teach me jumping! This boy has just got some issues, to say the least. :/
OH! And he's okay. :] He has a huge bruise on his butt and I'm sure he's super sore today, but my trainer gave him Bute and I think he's going to be just fine. We might tack him up in his stall for a little bit, but work one the cross ties, definitely. Ahhh! One of the stable hands saw the whole thing, too, so he's probably thinking that these new people have crazy horses!