I know that it used to be that if your horse was prone to kicking you put a red ribbon in its tail during a class so people stayed away. On my circuit, I don't see anyone doing that, and I know there are some that definetely need one.
One time I was one the inside track, another girl was on the outside and her horse started to freak out. I got the dirtiest look ever. I was a respectable distance away (over a horse length) and by not putting the red ribbon in its tail I had no way of knowing to stay further away from it then normal. How was it my fault??
Another time, a girl cut me off at the canter. Her horse had already been acting up before this and when she went right in front of me her horse tried to kick mine in the face. Of course I broke the canter in order to put some distance between us. If that kick had connected I think I would have killed her, (with words not objects :), well maybe a whip). And of course, once again, not a red ribbon to be seen.
Have people really gotten so greedy for first place or to make their horse seem like they're perfect that safety doesnt matter anymore? I mean, I've seen people fall off because their horse started bucking when another got "too close".
Is it just my circuit that's like this? Or has these become a common thing?