One of the local Horseless horsemen, ladies, asked me to bring my paso mare and rocky gelding, out to one of her training group days and give the kids a $0.10 version of what gaited horses are and why I use them.
I talked to the kids for about 10-15mins, then saddled my mare, and did a few slow laps with her gradually bumping her up on each lap till she was really moving. The whole time Im kind of watching the kids and the parents, a couple of the mothers looked like I was in the arena beating my horse. I then got off saddled my RMH and did the same, with the same looks from these 2 mothers. After it was all said and done, the kids went to their lessons and I was unsaddling and loading my horses.
These 2 mothers came over and started to tell me that they were going to have the humane society at my place and inspecting all of our stock, and that I was abusing those two horses and they were obviously lame and my "fat ass" had no business riding these two horses. (I am a big guy 6ft 265, and my mare is a broad 14.2 and my gelding at the time a slightly narrow 15.1). I turned and laughed at them, wrote down the number for the humane society handed it to them, and left.
Its truely not worth getting to riled about.