This sort of thing happens over and over again.
When I was about 16, my team was at a show grounds for a three day hunter show. There was a woman who had bathed her horse, but forgot her slinky and sheet. So instead, she tied her horse to the stall. She had a lead rope with a lead shank, and was worried about the chain being so long. So instead she looped it. Made a nice chain loop for her mare to get her foot stuck into.
And that's exactly what happened. Sometime in the night, the mare put her foot through the loop, panicked at the chain on her foot and broke her leg. When she pulled back in her panic, she had ripped the eye hook out of the wall, and somehow managed to find her way over the stall door. No ones sure whether she jumped, or fell over it, but she ended up bashing her head in on the low hanging light outside the door, and crushed part of her skull in.
The vet said after that she probably died quick. But I learned a HUGE lesson that day. Never tie with a chain, never loop your rope to tie, and always remember your slinky and sheet.
Im glad your mare was ok! Happy endings when they could have been otherwise are always a relief. Just today, my gelding freaked out on the crossties and ripped out a board. Had I not had the lead rope still attached to his halter, he would have drug the **** thing all through the barn to god knows where. I was able to grab it and get him to stand long enough to detach the board from his face. No injuries, except tobys pride. Thank goodness.
Britt, that must have been terrible! I've never seen anybody tie a horse by the neck to anything...around the neck to lead for short distances, but to a tree? Eek.