Did you get his TEETH checked yet by a dentist?
I know you've been having bit problems since March (according to your old posts) and I sure hope you'll get his teeth checked because I'll bet he has an issue.
You horse was just broke to ride last year. There's no way you should be RUNNING him this year. I am very glad you have come to realize that. Pushing a horse too fast will
blow them up.
It usually takes about 2 years
to train a barrel horse from start to finish, so keep that in mind; especially when he's only been riding for a year and does seem to have "other issues" going on.
I'll use my horse Red as an example. I bought him one year ago when he was 6 years old. Horrible bad habits and holes in his training left and right. I worked on getting THOSE issues fixed first. Even took him to a reining trainer last month. Now he's soft in the body and face, and he's ready to be seasoned by easy loping the pattern at races this year. Maybe .... maybe I'll ask for some speed this fall. Maybe. Depends how he progresses. These things just cannot
Now I know we have been asking for videos on your barrel runs on him, for issues you have asked about .... have you gotten any videos yet?