Unfortunately she was still very green and babyish, so as soon as something caught her eye she went rigid again - ie a loose horse, nearby shooting, and the horses in the field galloping about, but even a change of environment when we left the warm-up to go to the indoor for our test.
That resulted in another poor test for 54.3% (ugh) with so much room for improvement, and still nothing like she's capable of. Equally even whilst hollow, she was still more ridable than the giraffe/ironing board of last week. Her worst moments were early on, the two half circles where I couldn't get correct bend where she was tense, but the last quarter of the test was much improved. I lost some marks when preparing to walk too soon, remembering last week where she was an onward bound steam train and didn't listen to my requests, so we were actually early in our transition. My fault.
The worst part, but also the part that is keeping me persevering, is how great she is working at home. I think I might have to video a test at home just to show the difference. I know the only way she will produce that elusive test she's capable of is to keep taking her out and getting her used to a competition environment - (and possibly a concoction of calmers and a tranquilizer dart or two) - so that she can relax and focus enough to just listen. I know she can do it; her first test was 63% and third place, on a grass arena, but she has to get used to all these different venues. Perhaps we'll go hire some and just school in there too - it will all help. So there you have it; great in places, horrid in others, but on the whole not the unridable moose of last week. At least I know the cringe factor is worth it, she is learning from her experiences, the little wench! Today was P for Potential rather than Pedigree Chum!
Positives from today: Improvement on last time. Much more ridable. Longer periods of good work between distractions. We beat about 5 people! She still looked pretty in her sparkly browband.