Yeah, definitely not the way the average Joe wants to end up in the news.
The bluntness of the spurs makes me wonder exactly how hard the horse would have had to have been jabbed (or constantly rubbed) to draw blood. I do agree that the smearing and the grey coat make it look worse than it probably is.
PETA is the last organization that needs to be involved. If there's any official action or sanction against him, it should come from whatever polo association was involved with the event, not some radical organization. Yeah, a mistake was made. If it was a daily occurrence I'd be more inclined to side with the "heartless" camp - knowing the little I actually know about the story I'm more inclined to land on the "careless, don't let it happen again" side of the fence.
I suppose at the end of the day, Prince Harry is a very public figure. He'd draw controversy if he left home in the morning in mismatched socks.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown