I think taking a risk was a huge factor with her. I spent so long getting after her for speeding up, reprimanding her for everything she did that was dangerous, but in reality all I had to do was let her. It went against everything I'd ever been taught. You get after a horse like her when she's genuinely mad, you're going to get hurt. The more I started ignoring her attempt at drama, the more relaxed she became and eventually just stopped doing it altogether.
Sure, every now and then she might throw out a little buck or a crowhop, but it's not threatening. It's not huge, it's just a little attitude and it goes away. I never thought I'd trust her enough to do this. I never thought we'd be running barrels. I never thought hyping her up and letting her run would be the thing that sorted out her problems.
She was just too bored, too bound up trying to be a reiner, and needed to have fun and enjoy her job. And that improved our reining and equitation patterns as well.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.