I'll give just a little background info. Although I'm posting in the new to horses section, I've been around them for most of my life. However, I only became an owner a year or so ago and know I still have much to learn. I would not say I'm beginner, but certainly no expert. I currently have two quarter horse geldings: one incredibly stout grade ranch horse, and the other a retired racer with a thouroughbred build and mindset. The stout one is 6yo and an absolute gentle giant. The other is 12 and a little obnoxious at times.
My problem occurred today as I was saddling them to teach a friend how to ride. I had them tied and ready to go as my friend got there. I was going to put him on the six year old, because he's by far the better horse despite his young age. I went to unhitch the racer in the way I always have, and something set him off. He reared up and got very close to striking me. It took half a minute to calm him down. I always use a tension knot to avoid damage to my fence in this type of situation. Of course, Today I was unable to do that and he tipped my fence considerably before I could free him. I got him loose and led him out and ensures he had cooled off and was ready to go. I then went to unhitch the other. He acted fine as I approached and checked his tack. I went to untie him and he lost his mind. He reared and jumped and trashed. There was no calming this horse that is usually a borderline deadhead. I couldn't free him and as I reached for my knife to cut the lead, he broke the fencepost (two inch stell tube sunk into cement) and proceeded to backflip. My saddle did not survive. These two horses have been through this routine a hundred times no problem. The only thing I can think of that might have caused the problem is that this occurred 30 minutes before their usual feeding time. I've dealt with hungry horses, but that seems a little extreme to me. I'm actually feeding them a little extra lately, as the racer is sort of a hard keeper. Could being sort of hungry really cause such bad behavior? I almost believe my grade horse was following the others bad behavior in a way. He's been nothing short of a model citizen until we put him in with the racer. I hope to hear some thoughts on this.
Thanks for reading,
Nick in Sivogah, UT
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