My mare rides in an o-ring snaffle. I was constantly having to tell her "give her her face...give her her face.." Sassy doesn't much like rein contact and is very light. Infact if your just standing still, you better just let the reins loose on her neck or she'll bug the crap out of you. She did fine for the World Show and last night we rode at the NRHA.
I warmed up Sassy for her, and it was like I was riding a completely different horse. It was like 4 months of prof. Training just went down the drain. I was able to get her to work a little better for me, but I had to give Sassy back so we could trot through the drill.
When we were lining up to go in, Sassy has a habit of bobbing her head and shaking it until you let go of the reins, something I TRIED to explain to this girl but she refused to listen. Sassy was not supposed to be ridden with a tie down, and I didn't even realize they put it on her, until I looked back and Sassy was in the air. She had got the tie-down caught in her mouth and it spooked her, then the girl started pulling back on her. Thankfully, my best-friend was right by and jumped off her horse to help Sassy and chew the girl out. Gotta love besties:) Anyways, in the drill, it's like she purposely made it to where she was in Sassy's face the whole time and kicking the heck out of her. When we were lining up for pictures, she started jerking on Sassy's mouth and kicking her up by her girth for her to side pass. I got a little agitated and was like "that's my horse, you jerk on her face and I'll rip off yours." Needless to say, I was on edge until MY horse was back in MY trailer.
Let's just say, I will not be letting anybody ride Sassy for a looong time. The girl was constantly like "OMG I want this horse for my barrel horse next season! I'm taking her home with me!" Uh, it frightens me to think your willing to treat my horse like that in front of me, what on earth will you do to her when I don't see her?! I've had this horse ever since she was a sperm and an egg, don't think I'd be willing to give her up to the first noob that came along.