Scary moment--or why tying your horse to baling twine is a good idea!
So I was at an event this past weekend getting ready for dressage when I see a horse, tied to a nearby trailer, in big trouble! He was tied way too long and somehow got a leg over his lead rope. He was pulling back, jumping around, shaking his head trying to get free. The back of his tendon and much of his weight was resting right on the rope which was pulling on his halter too and nothing was breaking. His owner/handler was there and he was trying to untie the rope but there was no way. Finally the horse sat back hard, then took a flying leap--all four legs off the ground and crashed into the side of the trailer and then he fell down. He didn't try to get up, I am not sure he could at that point. I had grabbed my pocket knife but then saw the guy unhooking the horse's halter and then it was over.
This is why it is good to know how to tie a horse to a trailer properly!! I know there is some debate on how to tie. Personally I always tie to bailing twine figuring that my horse is more likely to get hurt if he gets hung up or something than if he gets loose.
I don't know if the horse hurt himself but I wouldn't be surprised. I know of other horses who have hurt tendons in similar incidents.
Pays to be careful!