I was walking Bess down a track about half a mile from my house. I saw two large horses approaching, so instinctivly pulled into the nearest gateway, so as not to spook them. These two, which i can only describe is snobby women were nattering away, and one of the women on a tall chestnut was whipping it with a long grass stem and the rustling the leafy things in its eye! And when the other bigger horse got quite scared the other lard arse (excuse my language) hit him very very hard with the whip. It emitted a very loud cracking sound and she said "get on you old git, bloody thing" whilst repeatedly kicking him in the ribs. Now i know you are meant to encourage a horse to walk on, but surely not to extremes. The other woman on the tall chestnut was just laughing. They didn't even say thankyou to me for stopping. I know you are meant to anyway but it is just common courtesy to say thanks, I always did when i was riding. bess growled at them as they walked away...I think she read my mind.