I once was at a Horse Show where a kids horse that had been drugged by the trainer, freaked out went beserk, bucked the kid off, jumped out of the ring and ran up the grandstands, stepped in a baby carriage (fortunately the baby was removed right before) it then stepped on several spectators, and then ran around the fairgrounds like a lunatic crashing into everything in it's path. Everyone was running around screaming. The announcer at the show got on the PA system "stay calm, stay calm" as people were panicing. It was like a very bad horror film. Imagine a thoroughbred horse, a 1200 pound animal on PCP. He crashed into a security gate and fell on the guard, killing him. This is a true story. They put the horse down on the spot after the incident.
Ventura, CA 1982. Bad day at the show. It had a bad reaction to the dope they gave it.. a sedative. The kid that was riding it, was trying it out to buy it. Not a good day. The trainer drugged the horse to "make it calm for the kid." Big mistake, it ended up killing someone.
I was like 13 at the time. I ran into a stall and hid. It was very scary.
Was anybody else at this show? It was so scary. The horse ran down the beach, came back and wreaked more havoc before it was all over. I think the trainer was brought up on charges afterwards. The kid was riding it as a trial. Obviously it went very badly.
I will never forget that day in Ventura. It was in June or July of 82. Ventura Horse Show.