Ducking first barrel! Help
So I have a 12 year old gelding, I started him on barrels two years ago in the winter. He has quite the attitude, he's super athletic, and has great ability, but of course attitude gets in the way. And theres no breaking this attitude.. I mean he doesnt walk all over me. I can ride him perfectly fine and he listens to me. But as a lot of you may know when you have a 1200 lb animal hyped up and ready to go its hard to catch some things sometimes. I mean, it has taken me a year to fix this guys second barrel blowing out problem.. and he had been at a professional WPRA trainer and he still pulled crap. I know he hates barrels, but he's my only horse right now and I have no choice.
So this horse runs great right now, as long as you get past the long haul to your first. He will run up there, but sneakily glide in front of the first barrel without me catching it. He is also very picky about bits and so far the only bites he runs in okay are three peice twisted draw bits, and a little s hackamore. Likes the hackamore more.
So im not sure what to do, nobody is. Its hard to arc him up to the first in a little s... I need help!! I have a barrel race this weekend id like to go to, but its a lot of money if I don't have him running to his first. By the way, this horse will never run past his first. But he will duck it.