I went to a gymkhana yesterday because some of my friends were riding in it along with my old riding instructor. Over the past year the people at this farm pretty much threw their english saddles away for barrel racing saddles, not a choice i would have made but hey different people like different things. But what i saw made me want to cry. Here I saw this wonderful pleasure mare my friend used to own and ride before she went to college, R-U-I-N-E-D. She was so scared, she had this big fat woman i know riding her (this woman doesnt know how to ride) they had what seemed like barbed wire in her mouth chains under her chin and raw hide over her nose which was making a really bad rub mark, and this woman would jerk her around and kick and smack, CONSTANTLY. The mare bolted into the ring she was so scared, and this awful woman thought it was FUNNY. And my a friend of mine told my ex riding instructor she didnt want to use the bridle she had given her, because it was cutting open her horses face, the ex riding instructors reply was "why do you think it works so well?!" I was horrified to see this beautiful pleasure and dressage horse who they would ride over a 2'6 jump course she could do dressage and hunters, ruined by these awful people. They claim she has a hard mouth, they used to use a snaffle on her, and back when that god awful woman was riding her english they tried using martingales and flashes and tiedowns. I saw some pretty horrific bits, ones with barbed wire over the horses nose, tie downs so tight the horse could barely see where it was going. I hated it, i wanted to tell those people to go to **** and leave their horses. They used spurs and querts constantly and their horses were already running their hearts out. When it was over i saw a lot of cut up sides and butts and sore mouths and really stiff horses, I wanted to cry.