To all of you being condesinding, in todays economically challenged horse market, your advice of simply selling the horse might pose more of a problem than you realize. Good horses still bring good money, though one experincing problems with an owner for whatever reason may not. By getting with a professional trainer she has already demonstrated her desire to improve herself and her mount. As to advice, I would first and foremost get the horse to a reputable vet and have him checked for soreness in his legs, feet and back. Also, would have his teeth and eyes checked for possible problems and x-rays may be required for his joints. Once he is released to go to work, increasing his exercise could help. I would not reccomend taking the barrels out of sight though because all that he will learn is that he will run every time he gets in the trailer and sees barrels. Instead I would reccomend working them more frequently, though not the pattern. Work on basics with the barrels up. I have a horse with a tremendous amout of attitude, which I do believe a horse needs to be successful in the performance arena, and we work with it. I ask him to work for me and as soon as he does his job well and honestly, and then we stop. We had developed the same problem with our first, and I apparently created it by taking him into the barrel improperly, and we are working it out. With that said, I do totally agree however that if this horse genuinly doesn't like barrels, he will never perform to his fullest potential. And if the owner and horse don't click the results will be the same. For now, she can keep working with a trainer and vet to keep her and her steed safe, sound and sane.