Overall we’ve had a good day out and I couldn’t expect any more from Abbey.
She loaded and traveled well and was very calm and responsive in the warm up until someone turned out a huge horse and his miniature friend.
The pair galloped up their field which is adjacent to the warm up and Abbey (who was on a long rein) went from E -B in a nano second, turning 180 degrees in the process. After that Abbey was a lost cause; in between snorting and gawping at the minature we had piaffe and passage on the diagonal. All my usual tricks (changes of rein, transitions, bending and flexing) to get her attention and clam her down had little effect.
Perhaps if I’d more time we could have got it together but only 10 minutes later we were heading into the arena to do our test (looking at everything on the way).
Somehow we managed to keep it together well enough to score 68.94% and came 6th.
The test itself was alright. At home practicing last week I was thinking about keeping her forwarding through the transitions, maintaining impulsion and correct bend (on the left rein). Today I was mainly trying to keep Abbey between hand and leg,and ‘catching’ spooks before the affected the test too much. She shyed at the viewing gallery, at the judge and at my OH who was filming.
We’d 45mins in between the two tests and Abbey really calmed down. The second felt much better, although she did start to feel a little tired.