I've had a few incidents with this.
Back when I was working on Jake's barn sour problems I would spend hours out on trails, walking, stopping and trying to relax. But against my wishes 80% of the time Jake used every muscle in his body to prance. So within 10 minutes of pointing home on trail he would be dripping sweat.
I had a jogger come up to me once, while I was stopped letting him relax they came up and told me I needed to stop running my horse into the ground and that she was going to call animal control. "Horses can not run forever, look at him! He's exhausted." I stared at the lady in such confusion. One I was trying to walk home, two I had been out on the trail for only about 30 minutes total. And my 'Exhausted' horse was prancing when all I wanted to do was hold still/walk slow. The lady gave me a dark glance before running off. I didn't even say anything because I was so pissed and baffled.
On a less but somewhat relate topic I had a 8 year old sob at my feet once because I was putting a worm on a hook for fishing. She kept screaming "How can you do that to god's beautiful creature?" I was looking around like
where is this kids parents? I ended up slinking away after a parent came over to console the child.