I had chills reading your posts! I am so so VERY thankful your horse is safe and sound and worse for the wear, other than the small scar on the face.
The idea of anyone untying my horse (were I to own one), our even messing with a horse I don't own but am responsible for makes me queasy...I AM admittedly a control freak, but as your story evidenced, people don't always even have to have poor intentions to wind up putting a horse into a terrifying, if not literally life-threatning situation!
I also am not a drinker at all, so I don't want to come off as a prude/goody two shoes, but to me, alcohol and horses probably should not mix (especially in variable circumstances, such as being out camping/far from home/with new or little-known people who's judgment is unknown to me!)...I imagine drinking and that kind of "fun" is big on these trips; but the reason I don't drink/hang out with big drinkers is that everything begins to take on a total "lax-ness", which is usually ok at a backyard bbq (till someone invariably insists upon driving, of course!), but not in the wildernesses with animals who need to depend on our level-heads as humans! And btw, I did read that the "untier" was a young girl meaning no harm, but simply, as young people often do, chose not to think her actions through, and not someone drinking... the opinion about alcohol still stands, however!
I am glad to hear that this incident isn't going to keep you from going on more rides/trips in the future. In many ways, these sound like a LOT OF fun (not to mention something I could really see myself enjoining, it out with similar minded people who know how to chill, relax, and enjoy the wilderness w/o booze)!
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