Hahaha that's great!
Well, I've only shown once before, and it was a few weeks ago, but my gelding and I had practiced jumping up to 2'9" (pretty good for a 14.3hh 22yr old gaited horse, eh?) with balloons tied to the standards, dogs running around, etc. He was fine with it all. At the show, I was only showing Western but my friend who rides on the IEA team convinced me to enter an 18inch class and two 2ft classes.
We go into the ring for the 3 warm-up jumps we were allowed, were fine cantering around, until we went for a jump at a good, solid canter, and Arthur slides on his butt before the jump. Literally like a reining horse. I canter him around again, determined we are GOING over this jump! This time, at the last second, he jumps to the side. Canter around again, and this time he slides to a stop in front of the jump, but I keep kicking him so he hops over it from a stand-still. Our time was up so we went to line up for the class.
He refused EVERY STINKIN JUMP in all three classes lol. Hence the 3-refusals=DQ rule, we were DQed every class. Half the class was DQed in all three classes, most had never seen a jump in their life and people had entered them!
But it was funny (at first, maddening) that he would be PERFECT at home, and then cop this fit in the ring. Lol.
Haha, in the same class there was a girl whose horse refused one, the girl stayed on, but the saddle went upside down. Took her 5 minutes to untack, retack, get back on, and then she finished the course, coming out of the ring laughing. I felt really bad for her but she seemed to find her own little episode completely amusing!
that was pretty funny, only because she thought it was haha