We were doing a CTR clinic at a local riding club one year. I was helping hand out waters to the riders while they sat on their horses and listened to the speaker. I came to this one guy who was riding a skinny two-year-old gelding in an upside down tom thumb.
At a CTR once, a lady had entered her emaciated
mare in the 25 miler. This horse was skin and bones. Every rib visible; hip bones sticking out. You could see the horse's vertebra.
The vet judge, the ride manager, and rules interrupter gave this lady a serious talking to.
There is a lady who brings a appy stallion to all our rides. He's a sweet boy...But let's just say I wouldn't breed my mare to him.
I think that was an opinion shared among most of us. Anyway, during ride briefing one night, someone called, "Loose horse!" Two or three people got up to help catch the horse. Someone asked, "Whose horse is loose?"
"That appaloosa stallion."
And every mare owner in the builder leapt to their feet and RAN to their mares.
One time, my group and I accidentally cut off about half a mile of trail during an event. We got to the P&R, unaware we had done this until this lady starts YELLING at us. We're trying to pulse down our horses, and she's threatening to get us disqualified! I mean, there was nothing we could have done about it. Wait till the ride is over to berate us. (We didn't end up disqualified.)
Here's a terrible one: I was riding about six from the front of the pack. We were picking our way through a narrow, rocky, slow trail. I ride a SSH who talks pretty fast. The people in front of us were on Arabians. We kept on running up their tails, and they kept trotting away. After a while, we see them stopped on the trail and dismounted in front of us. I ask to pass, and they say, "No. Someone fell off."
Okay, so we wait. I tie my horse to a tree and hold their two horses. The owners head over the ridge and come back in a panic. They ask us for vet wrap and our jackets and saddle pads. The person who fell off actually feel down a 15 foot embankment and was going into shock.
Her horse was bleeding terribly, and the owner was hurt badly as well. We waited for two hours until the EMTs could climb down into the valley to get her.