When I ran the course on Wednesday, I had to send Belle to the jump after the A-frame and do a rear cross to turn her 180 degrees into the tunnel afterward. I messed up the timing of my cross more often than not. This morning (Sunday), it is a blessedly cool, so I was able to try several different ways of handling the first half of the course. First, I tried running on the inside of the teeter and doing a blind cross between the tunnel and A-frame. Not too bad, but the blind cross could be iffy in a trial setting. Also, I used a post turn to direct Belle over the jump following the A-frame and then a rear cross to turn her to the tunnel. (Actually, I could have done a front cross at the bottom of the A-frame, but I just didn't think of it.)
Next, I layered the teeter and did a front cross between the tunnel and the A-frame. This worked, but was rather cumbersome. Lastly, I took a minimal lead out and ran with Belle, keeping quite a bit of room between me and the teeter so I could step in for a push to the following jump. Once Belle was committed to the tunnel, I ran to the bottom of the A-frame and did a blind cross which enabled me to pull Belle over the jump and do a post turn to the tunnel. This was by far my favorite way to handle the opening.
The details that made the difference:
- Taking only a modest lead out so I could run which encouraged Belle to run faster.
- Staying way lateral to the teeter so I could step in and indicate the turn to the correct jump.
- Being on the inside of the turn from the A-frame to the jump and jump to the tunnel.
Here's the video of our work with this course: