Oh man!! Really, I haven't had such tough luck in IEA yet, but I'll knock on wood... In a show this weekend, I got this wonderfully spooky pony for crossrails. He supposedly didn't have a flying lead change, but before I could make him do a simple, they started popping out of nowhere! Anyway, right before the last fence, he saw something in the stands and spooked. This was one stride before it, too. We made it over okay and got the lead change, but he was still galloping and carrying on... I finally got him to calm down by steering him in a small, tight circle right in front of the gate. The judge apparently awarded me oints for keeping him under control, and I was awarded 2nd out of 9 (I had ended up getting to go last in the class). My point is, it's just the luck of the draw; you can't do anything about it. You just have to smile and look pretty and pretend it's the best ride of your life (believe me, I've had to do it more than once!!) ;)
"A Bad Day Riding With Dad beats a Good Day Shopping With Mom."