There is a pony I've been riding for a friend. And he's insane.
He's a four-year-old, green broke (as in, has been ridden about six times --- three of those times by me), Arab cross.
I finished a nice little ride on him today. Afterwards, I tied him in the wash rack to be rinsed off, which I had done two other times before with no ill effects. He started to get inpatient, so I allowed him to weave and complain, hoping he would learn he couldn't get anywhere. Well, then he reared up. O.0 He flipped to the side and scrambled around on the ground for a moment. He was up before I could pull the quick release (I was about 20 feet away).
I was like, "Hail Mary...What do I do?" Not having a clue what to do in situations like this, I watched him closely and let him be.
And he did it again.
And again. That's three times.
By the second time I was scared into paralysis. I didn't know if I should move him or beat him or what... The third time he broke his halter and walked away from the wash rack, calm as anything. I caught him quickly again.
I was once again at a loss. Do I tie him back up in a different halter? What kind of halter? Should I just put him out?
I ended up turning him out a few minutes after, just because I didn't know what to do. And I couldn't find another well-fitting halter.
The whole experience was nothing short was traumatizing. I'm aware I probably handled it wrong, but I plead ignorance. I have no experience with this particular vice.