So my friend and I were taking her horse and another from the barn on a trail ride in Allaire SP in NJ yesterday. Her horse, Aurora, a 6 y/o mare is very sweet but a skittish horse. Things like fallen trees and tiny birds scare her I was riding Ziggy, a ~12 y/o gelding who has a mind of his own (dont they all) and likes doing things his way. He is always a pain to get off the trailer. So we unload Aurora first and tie her to the side of the trailer while we get the big boy off next. He doesnt like to back off and today was no different. He is spoiled by his barn owner who lets him turn around in their massive trailer, my friend's trailer is a small two-horse trailer and he can't turn around..... or so we thought!
Somehow he managed to spin around, since we had the center divider swinging free, and got off in very hectic manner. This of course caused the trailer to bang around scared Aurora so much that she jumped back and broke free of her harness (its a break away).
She took off down the trail with myself in chase. My friend followed with Ziggy on a lead and we all followed Aurora down the trail. She was completely "naked" with nothing on. As to not lose sight of her I ran full speed while my friend lagged behind with the other horse (we couldnt leave him unattended and had no time to waste). Finally Aurora slows up but trots again when I get close. She then quickly either got tired or realized it was only me behind her and stopped trotting away. I gave her a good talking to before I spun her around and started to walk her back, which would be easier with a rope or something! That's when my friend came riding up bare-back using the lead rope and harness like bridle. I took the lead for a make shift leash and we walked back, well over a 1/4 mile I must add, to the trailer to saddle up for the ride.... Exciting start!
So my question, is chasing a loose horse something every one will eventually experience when riding?