Midnight is NOT the horse for an inexperienced rider. On the negative side, she is temperamental, a known kicker of other horses, and shies (that is, startles and jumps) at the slightest shadow. On the plus side, a really experienced rider will find her highly responsive, and able to turn on a sixpence!
Sir Donald is definitely NOT an experienced rider; and he almost had a TERRIBLE accident when the tip of his sword got caught in Midnight's tail ribbon as Lady Bethany unseated him...
(Mind you, he had experienced SEVERAL nasty falls that weekend...)
(...though THIS one was undoubtedly the WORST!.)
(Luckily quick-thinking ISOBEL HANBRO was on hand to catch and soothe the frenzied mare!)
Midnight was FINE, however, when Buddy Jim rode her for the JOUST...