All three combinations were up and walking off course quickly.
Eleven competitors picked up a refusal or runout here and Karin Donckers (BEL) became unseated when Fletcha Van’t Verahof made a quick move at one of the angled brushes.
The B element of fence 17, the Palm Tree Question, resulted in seven runouts.
In general, however, the line from the drop to the log resulted in a quite a few scrappy rides and close calls early on course.
Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) at fences 8ABC and 9 seemed innocuous enough but claimed it’s share of victims.
A number of riders recognized this before presenting to the toad and circled or went the long way, but some took a risk even after an awkward jump over the brushes and paid for it.
A total of 14 horse and rider combinations had a problem at 29ABC or 30, including Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Hale-Bob OLD.Padraig Mc Carthy (IRL) and Simon Porloe fell when the horse caught his hind legs, but they were up quickly.Dressage leaders William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Chilli Morning lost their chances at a medal when they picked up 20 penalties at 20, a narrow wedge at the bottom of a slope following the Ski Jump at 19.Not many riders attempted the gutsy line from the table at 23 to the gate, opting instead to go the long route around the gate and then turning back to it on a straighter approach.Tim Price (NZL) and Ringwood Sky Boy unfortunately slipped and went down on the turn to the option, and both Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Veronica and Theo van de Vendel (NED) and Zindane went down after hitting the gate.There were no falls here but seven horses put on the breaks or ran out at some point in the line.