MANES. I feel like a complete dunce! "You always are going to turn the horse RIGHT to slow down." I think this is my whole issue right here. The way we had the poles set up only allowed me to turn left at the end of the arena and that's where we had most of our problems. The funny thing is, I KNOW we only used to race the horses to the left and turn to the right to slow down when I was on the track, but I wasn't making that connection in the saddle. That also explains why she was so much better at barrels when we had two left turns versus two right. Gosh, I'm feeling silly right now. I guess this is a hazard of overthinking things because deep down, I think I knew this... but I was convinced it wasn't actually this easy of a solution. THANK YOU!