I am 16 and I've been training my 6 year old on the barrel patterns for about 2 summers now and this is the first summer that we've actually gone to barrel shows and entered the classes. I usually only trot/canter the patterns because she is still learning and there is no need for to push her right now-the speed will come later after we have mastered the patterns
Tonight we took her to a small show ( Small, as in I was the only speed horse there and there were 2 others doing the patterns in English saddles for fun) and she was totally fine when we walked around, she warmed up in the arena good-everything. When it was time to do the pattern I circled her like I always to and asked her to pick up a canter and instead she gave me a full run like her tail was on fire. I have ridden horses like that before.. but I have never ridden her like that-- Yes she did respond to the bit and turned when I asked but as soon as we turned for home she was hauling off again. She has never run like this at any other show.
We ran the cloverleaf pattern ( Which she knows) and we were all over the place! She tried to run it with out listening to me and we overshot the first barrel because she tried to run full out instead of canter like I had asked. I was sitting back and trying to bring her down again ( Ans she did after a minute or two of getting excited and wanting to fuss). At the end of another pattern, She wasn't listening to me really at all when we turned for home and would not slow down until I did and emergency stop and made her listen. She stopped immediately and didn't put up a fight when I asked her to walk the rest of the way.
Is this a sign that she's starting to go 'Ring Sour'? She has never done this before at other shows and walked in and out of the arena perfectly fine with out any fussing. I definitely don't want her thinking that she can get away with not listening and barging through patterns. I am planning on just doing the patterns walk/trot at home ( there aren't any shows for a while ) so she doesn't get any ideas. Any suggestions? Please help! I want to correct anything that I'm doing wrong before it's to late