What’s the worst thing that’s happened during one of your dressage tests? For me, it was when an Amish horse and buggy drove down the road next to the arena. My poor horse had never seen a horse and carriage before and immediately turned into a giraffe.
That experience pales in comparison to what Imogen Murray and her horse Roheryn Ruby had to cope with when a loose horse bombed through their arena during the Oasby Horse Trials. Kudos for their calmness and poise. I can’t believe the judge didn’t stop the test until the horse was caught. This could have ended very badly.
Imogen said: “The first time I saw the horse galloping towards us I thought ‘Oh, God, what’s Ruby going to do?!’ as she’s usually quite a hot mare and can explode in the dressage, so I was very surprised with how she just carried on. Once I realised she wasn’t at all bothered by it, I was howling to myself — the way the loose horse kept coming back for more was quite funny.” (Horse and Hound)
What would you have done?