Once after halfway through a failed pole run, (I ran my horse in too hard and didn't have his attention, when I asked him to rate he blew past the pole, and in my attempts to bring him down he threw a temper tantrum) I had a tack malfunction and my bit came unclipped from my bridle and fell out of my horses mouth. He galloped towards the gate (we don't have an alley) and the gate is never supposed to be opened until the horse has turned and come to a walk. Well the idiot decided I was done with my run and opened the gate. I had no control and when Jake saw the gate open, he kicked it up to full speed. I was terrified and everyone was screaming "CLOSE THE GATE" There was only about 15 feet past the gate before you hit the benches, parked cars and sitting people. The guy looked around when I was about 15 feet from the gate and tried swinging it closed, yeah right. Jake hit the gate, flung it back open and thank god he did a sliding stop into the a corner between the picnic bench, a tree and a truck. I jumped off and grabbed his tie down. The family that was sitting on the bench was looking at me like 0.0 they then said, "Good thing we moved the kids." supposedly they had their toddlers playing with toys in that corner, thinking that a horse wouldn't get near it.
Lets just say I have never used clips to attach my bits to the bridle after......and the gate guy was fired.