How does she look in the arena?
Here are a few clips from Thursday night. Warm-up (note how much more relaxed she is in the arena than in the field?) and a "slow" practice lope-through. I did some slow work to correct her after this to fix our awful mistakes--no need to mention the terrible issues on the barrel pattern, as I'm well aware of them and worked to correct her in slow trot work afterwards (rating the turns, not flinging her butt outside, finishing barrels, etc.). This was her first time seeing barrels, and her first time leaving home, since August, so you've got to cut her a little slack, not to mention I'm pretty out of practice myself.
How strung-out is she, really, while trotting, especially on the first right-handed lap?
And then you get a bonus round of Brandy--first time she'd seen barrels in a long time--I just pointed her at the pattern to see what she would do. I never could get together with her, for while she's super talented and athletic, she hates barrels and has no heart. Plus our styles did not jive. And now she's got hock arthritis which makes the turns more difficult.