I spend some of my equestrian time being a helper ie I am a Temperature, Pulse and Respiration Steward at endurance and also occasionally do gear checking or volunteering at other events. I have to say at endurance it is rare to get a badly behaved horse and if one is badly behaved you are well supported by ride organisers and committee members when you refuse to deal with it or demand that the owner sort it out. I also must point out that it is very rare to get an under worked and over fed horse at an endurance event. As a TPR steward at endurance I have never been trampled on or injured. I cannot say the same for other events. I have to say as a helper/volunteer I see far too many over fed, under worked, disrespectful horses. So when, as a helper, you go to do something such as check its gear and the horse tramples over the top of you what do you do?? I always verbally request that they make the horse stand up and ensure that I stay safe however I often get riders that tell me, 'He is always like this.' 'It is because he is excited.' etc etc. I am sorry but it is not a good enough excuse. So are there any other helpers, gear checkers, stewards out there who have a way of dealing with this??