Last night, Belle and I went to the Quad Cities for a run-thru. I wanted to see how her running contacts were coming along, but I only have video from the first run. I was quite pleased with her running dogwalk. There was a split second of hesitation on Belle's part, but she ran completely through the yellow--she didn't jump off at the end.
The A-frame was an entirely different matter. Belle failed to run over the apex and she missed the yellow completely. I don't know if the problem was height (5'6" vs 4'8"), slats, or the presence of 16" jumps on the course. I also made the really bad handling choice of trying to call Belle over the A-frame and failing to support her path to the jump before it.
I was surprised when we had several off-courses on this basically simple course. Since I can work on the handling glitches at home, I used the bulk of our course time last night practicing the two running contacts. I think the A-frame improved, but it still was not the flow over the apex and two strides on the down side that I'm hoping to eventually achieve with Belle.
I designed a short course based on this one that will allow us to practice lines as well as running contacts. Here's the map with several opening sequences indicated. I want to give Belle a day or two of rest, so hopefully, the weather will hold and we can try this out Saturday or Sunday.