I have a question for those of you experienced with tests and judges. This weekend, during a first level test, a combination of nerves and I-have-no-idea made me halt and salute without moving my hand far away from the reins (I halted, bowed/kind of flicked my wrist, and trotted on). The judge gave me a 4 for this and cited that my hand was not removed from the reins to salute. This is not a directive for scoring the movement; was it appropriate to dock so many points for the incorrect salute?! For reference, here is a picture of my entry on the exact test. The entry felt at least like a 6 and I feel as if the photo supports that.
People had issues with this judge all weekend, but unfortunately she's so old in the sport (earned her USDF gold in 1985, I believe) that I'm afraid to challenge her. I also struggled with the fact that even though I was riding Training and 1st level tests, she judged as if I was riding PSG... I don't feel that she judged based on the directives.
Should I pursue my issue? Should I let this go and move on? Any help and advice would be appreciated!