So in two different championships, she had a very stylish high tailed back, multiple high tailed finds, the strongest forward ground races...
However in both Championships she was found ahead on point with her tail level on one find.
In the first championship it was pointing at a fallen tree with lots of cover. I flushed and flushed and finally showed the judge the bird. She had a find later with good style.
In the second find we found her well ahead on point and a bird in sight. She had skidded sideways to a stop and seemed to be almost falling sideways. I scrutinized the situation to try to see why her tail was down. I believe the Judge told me too bad she let down on that find.
Another gallery member told me that I should have sent her on when she pointed with a low tail.
I was wondering what you all thought about this. Is a low tailed find a fault (when there were many other high tailed finds and backs), is it a nothing, is it something you should take your dog on for.
I think this goes back to I like a shooting dog with a strong race that hunts like I am horseback hunting wild birds, taking draws and treelines, running to objectives. Whereas others may find it more important to be right at 12:00 and have a 12:00 tail every find. Maybe I need to run the correct dog under the right judges?
Don't get me wrong. This dog has a strong forward race (or the strongest forward race), is not the dog that finds the birds on the horsepath or next to the road and dug up finds and looks good going and on point and backs (except one of multiple finds).
Help me get a winning approach/understanding of this for me.