What a fun evening this was.
Well I went to the barn today like normal. I get Ruger out first and brush, saddle, and go to the barrel pattern. Carolyn, another barrel racer, was out there already so we ride together.
We start hearing this banging noise inside, like a horse is kicking a wall. We ignore it at first, assuming the horse kicked the wall, and then stopped.
Well it doesn't stop. So, Carolyn goes inside to check. A few minutes later she comes running back out yelling for me to go help her, that a stall was kicked down and a horse was loose.
I run and tie Ruger up and get a halter and go after the loose horse (Who happens to be like thirty years old). He is normally kid safe, very gentle, easy to get, etc. Well not today. I went tog et him and he bucked and took off flying like a mad man across the field. Little brat. I marched after him, FINALLY got him, and came back to assess the damage.
The divider between two stalls was completely tipped over; Carolyn had gotten the second horse (A young bay paint) out and put her in the roundpen. The old horse must have seen the thing falling and JUMPED out of his stall. He was not hurt but the paint had her back legs all bloodied and sure enough there was a huge hole in the stall divider; Guess we know who started THAT mess.
Well I thought that was all but then I look in the next stall over and a SECOND divider was scooted over!! There was another horse who was violently pushing back against it, aggressively trying to get to the horse in the stall next to her and ramming into the divider time after time.
I go and get the victim horse out and tie her up. I know the owner of this one so I call her but she doesn't answer. Carolyn tried to call the BO but she didn't answer. No one was around but us. So we put the old horse and the other horse in a couple empty stalls, then go do a hostile takeover of the BO's shop and push the divider back into place and secure it with some ropes.
Finally the person who was supposed to feed showed up and we explained the situation. He said that the BO had made extra braces because she had noticed the kicking and bumping into the stall from those two horses before, but had just finished them and had not put them on before they got pushed over.
Yeah so it was a fun night. The paint horse was not seriously cut up, just cosmetic wounds. I doubt those stalls would have budged had they not of been with the rambunctious baby horses who not only kicked them down but kicked and broke the existing support braces that were there before. Good lord, I'm glad I don't own THOSE horses! I left a voicemail with the BO, called another person who is the assistant trainer, notified the owners of the horses involved and left a note on the white board. Hopefully that gets fixed.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.