yeah, I was thinking the exact same thing. my biggest pet peeve was with the guy who had his draw reins completely loose so that they were draped past the horses neck, and it was clearly very annoying to him. I personally think with the amount of activity they are doing, their bits are incredibly harsh. I understand that they are riding through a huge crowd, but they must be well trained and behaved. It could have been anything like the bugs, but to me they did not look comfortable at all.