My husband is a Marketing Mgr for a Bud Distributor, and part of what he does is coordinate visits from a Clydesdale hitch for special events and such. They come to town for a week or so and make appearances, have visiting hours etc. I frequently attend these events, helping DH out where I can.
It is unbelievable to me how many people throw fits because they are not allowed to take their picture sitting on one of the horses. Huge work horses who are not raised for riding. Also, when the team is hitched up to the wagon, absolutely no one other than their professional handlers are allowed to touch them. No petting, no getting within touching distance. This is obviously (to me at least) a safety policy - if one of the horses were to startle or rear, it could cause them all to, and you can imagine how much 6-8 Clydesdales AND a huge wagon weighs. Things could get ugly very fast. But people will whine and moan about how their little snowflake is different, she just loves "horsies", she should be allowed to get up close, blah blah blah.