Originally Posted by tinyliny
Just them cantering up to you is not ok, in my mind. YOu don't know each other at all. I would not canter up to a horse, unless I knew for sure that horse/rider would be ok. I am not a super timid rider, but I also do NOT like to be riding an out of control horse.
So, them galloping off on the flat stretch is also not very considerate of you.
I would have asked you if you wanted to, and offered you the lead. That way your horse would not be so panicked.
It's just a matter of courtesy! Unless they knew your horse's personality and probable behavior, it really would have been a better thing to do to be a bit more low-key in their approach. Also, asking before jumping into a lope or gallop when picking up the pace would have been a good idea as well!
Just my opinion...