I went to the Good Friday Horse Sale with a few of my friends, and we planned on buying a horse for another friend who wanted a horse that could be good for trail riding. Well, we found a 16hh standardbared gelding. He wasn't broke to ride, but we all agreed he was the most quietest horse there, he was build very nice, and we did get a chance to sit on him and walk around and he couldn't have cared less. So we bought him for $425.
Before the sale was over we also bought two bull calves as well. We stuck them in the trailer first because there's divider in there that would keep the calves in a smaller space in the front of the trailer. The gelding's turn was next, and he did not want to go in. As we were having trouble getting him in, a group of guy's decided to help us. I let them, and I couldn't have been more stupid. Their idea of getting him in was tying a rope to each side of his halter, and tie the ropes to each side of the trailer to hold him in front of the trailer, while they tired to scare him in from behind.
Right when we told them that he's going to break his halter, he did.
At first, he didn't really do anything except back up a bit, one of the guys came up to him with a lead rope and started flinging it at him like that's going to help somehow. While all the rest of us were like, "CATCH HIM! CATCH HIM!" But he just kept shaking the lead rope at him, and so the horse took off running towards the high way which is right next to the auciton!!! He started to trot after a horse and buggy that were on the other side of the high way. While this was happening my friend Jesse grabbed a lead rope and ran after him. I told my other friend Aidan to find some grain, and I grabbed a lead rope myself and followed Jesse down the high way. All the guys who attempted to 'help' us, just seemed to disappear.
By this time, the horse must have decided that the buggy was too slow because he had passed them up, and was trotting around in the intersection about a block ahead of them. Jesse and I must've been stopped by at least 10 people asking us if we needed a ride, and so we picked a guy with a truck and sat in the bed. By then the horse took off in a field and was trotting like a true standardbred. The guy in the truck took off after him in the field. Over hills, through mud, etc. We stopped a few times and tried to catch him cuz he stopped but he would just take off again and we'd get back in the truck and go after him.
He trotted through a construction site, and ran around bulldozers and cats, up dirt hills, and all kinds of stuff. The guy in the truck sill followed him. Eventually he came to a fence, and stopped. He finally decided enough was enough and came walking back up a dirt hill towards the truck. We jumped out, and ran up to him. He was sweating head to toe, but he was still hyped up and tried to walk right over me. We only had lead ropes, so Jesse wrapped hers around his head like a halter, and I put mine through his mouth a few times because he continued to try and bolt off a few times.
We thanked the guy with the truck a million times, and started our looong walk back to the road. Which turned out to be 2 MILES! He ran 2 miles away, I couldn't believe it!! We ended up walking into a hotel's parking lot, and waited for our friend to bring the truck and trailer.
He began to put up a fight again about going in, but we were taking it easy. Talking to him calmly, and just encouraging him. Then one of the guys who originally tried to help us load him, drove over and parked next to us. We all glared at him, but he didn't leave. The guy was a complete idiot. Like one of my friends said about the horse, "Well, maybe coming to the auction was the first time he's ever been trailered?" And the guy said, "Oh no, that horse has been trailered a lot, he's got shoes on." Uh, what? lol
We evenutally got him to go in the trailer in less than 10 minutes without any trouble or help from anyone else. Once we got him to the stable where he was going to be a trail horse, he was calm/quiet and acted like he lived there his whole life. Then the next day he went on his first trail ride, and was awesome. Especially for a horse that wasn't considered broke. lol
So yea, that was my little adventure.