Holy Crap!! Stallion got loose - sorry, long
Well, I had enough excitement yesterday to last me quite some time. I went to the barn at 9:00 and had finished and was just leaving when I saw the Arabian stallion dashing across the stable yard towards the gelding pasture. They usually turn him out in the indoor arena every morning. The arena has a metal gate between it and the outside. He had gotten through the gate - afterwards it didn't appear that he had broken the chain or the clip, so it seems that someone had failed to properly fasten the gate.
There were only two other people at the barn - two twenty something girls who clean stalls, give lessons, and take care of the horses. I threw my car in park, shut it off, and began shouting "The stallion is loose!" at the top of my voice. The barn has no perimiter fence - he could have got out on the road. He was picking fights with the geldings across the fence to their pasture, rearing and striking. We tried a bucket of grain - no interest whatsoever. We were trying to corner him and get him away from the geldings. He would charge us wheneever we got close to him. We finally succeeded in driving him into a grass alleyway between the indoor and the mares' pasture. We finally cornered him and the bravest one of us (Not me!) managed to get a lead rope on his halter and get him into his stall.
If he had not been wearing halter I doubt we could have caught him. He could have killed a gelding. He could have killed one of us. He could have gotten on the road and killed someone in a car or on a bike. I have never been so scared in my life. If my gelding had been out in his paddock at the time he certainly would have gone after him - this stalliion HATES my gelding, I think because my gelding is convinced HE is a stud and behaves like one.
I called the BM at home and left a message telling her what happened (she is never at the barn on Sunday). My husband said "You are going to get someone in trouble," but I don't care. They have to make SURE this never happens again. It took me about an hour after I got home to finally get back to normal.