I’m sure you have, too. The one where people are jumping fences without calling out, where people are jumping fences the wrong direction, where their trainer jacks up the fence just as you come down to it, where you are cut off as you come into a fence and have to sit your horse on his butt or risk a mid-air collision, or the one that’s so crowded with pissy horses (and equally pissy riders) that it becomes a danger zone.
The worst experience I had was when my horse was double barrel kicked by a horse that backed across the ring to us! We were trapped with nowhere to go. The kick missed my foot by inches and luckily caused no lasting damage.
Others I know have not been so lucky. Years ago a friend had her leg broken in a similar situation — kicked before she rode in her first class.
What have your experiences been like? Do you have any schooling ring disaster stories to share?