We all know it, pretty much anytime there is a little misshap like the one we had on Sunday that 9 times out of 10 it is the person on top that had the issue. So I am not going to make any excuses but I do want to disect the cause. Because the only way we can make that a true learning experience and hopefully prevent that in the future is to find the cause, disect it then build from there. The first and biggest problem with the whole thing started long before we ever even stepped foot out on the course. #1 reason: Steady has not been faced with even one line or oxer since our IEA HT at the first of June. That was over 2 1/2 months ago! HUGE mistake and oversight on my part. So that bobble I felt 3 strides out from the 2 stride line was Steady thinking, "um, what the shit is that?" I know he knew he had seen something like that before because he is smart enough for that but I also know that the first time he knew that was coming was three strides out and cantering toward it he did not have enough time to process how he was supposed to get through it. See I got to walk the course I got to step out the strides and examine the fences. He is a confident horse but he is also a green horse and I feel I failed him big time in not properly preparing him prior to showing up at the horse park to be ready for any 2 stride line. I could tell that refusal was %100 him just not knowing what to do. That is why he jumped to the right immediatly upon landing part A. That was his way to deal with the confusing question, to just get around it so he didn't go through it. Bottom line "failing to prepare is preparing to fail" and that is exactly what I did, doh. Next time Steady I will be better for you.