Yes, a horse did lose his crap when people were putting away umbrellas at the Olympics. I think that horse was only 9 years old and probably didn't have desensitization to thousands of umbrellas in an Olympic venue quite under his belt yet. How do you "proof" a 9-year old New-To-GP horse to thousands of umbrellas at the Olympics? Horses are animals with their own minds, not little machines that are easily programmed. There are times when you just aren't going to simply ride through a startle response on a young, highly athletic, sensitive horse in a totally foreign environment because the horse is simply scared and confused. Could you have done a better job preparing this horse for the Olympics, Paula?
Seriously, do people honestly think that anyone dealing with young athletic horses or International horses traveling the world do not use the same concepts that NH people use? The label doesn't matter, the brand of carrot stick doesn't matter, because the concepts are the same.