Allison, LOVE your post..love, love, love it..
It doesn't sound to me that she's just being a snot..Those signs are usually pain, sourness, and/or pushing too fast..
What do you know of her history? How long has she been on the pattern? Does she like the bit you have her in? Does your saddle fit her? Are you using spurs? Are you using a whip? How much pattern work are you doing with her?
You can't make every ride about barrels..You want your horse to think "fun" when you ride and not just work, work, and work more on the pattern and barrel drills..Take her for a trail ride, work on other things like a trail course.. If someone made you do drills over and over again every time, you'd grow to hate it to..It seems like you need to back off of barrels and get her to associate riding as a good thing, keep her mind working and constantly do new things...The ONLY thing you can do fast on a barrel horse is ruin one..
Originally Posted by kissmybarrelbutt
If I do really drill her will she hate running them when the time comes? I don't want to sour her.....
Yes, it is VERY easy to sour a horse on barrels, very fast..If you constantly do drills and pattern work she'll grow to hate her job and once a horse hits that point you've dug yourself into a hole that you may not be able to get out of..
If she isn't the barrel horse you want her to be, sell her. Don't make a horse do barrels just because you want to. They have to want to do it too or you'll never be a winning team..It's a partnership, a team...Not a rider making a horse do something.