Sometimes we'll go through the pole pattern, and she is perfect. Other times, she seems to get very up tight and instead of weaving the poles, we do more of a zig-zag pattern- she swings her rear quarters out really far and stays like that until I cue her to weave the second pole.
At the end pole where you circle it and begin to weave back, she always tries to canter around it ( Note: I have not cantered this pattern with her yet ). Tonight I tried to slow her down then and she went very wide and acted like she was going to take off. I circled her a few times and tried to get her started where we had messed up but she just started acting up again and we ended up fighting each other.
Is she just being feisty or is this something else? This is the only pattern that we're having issues with- the rest she does fine without issues. We ride almost every night but have only works on the pole pattern fo rthe past 3 days( including tonight) after a week off because we had to euthanize her pasture pal and knew she was going to be upset for a few days.
P.S- Last night we trotted the pattern two or three times with long breaks in between without fighting each other and having her act up. Why was today's rise so opposite?