I have a 20 year old mare who seems to have a problem:
She's 14.3 and 800 something pounds, I way 100.
She does fine on ground work, she does find just being by herself, and she does fine lounging, even with the saddle on. But as soon as I get on, especially if I lean funny, she starts to whinny very loudly and nicker until I get off.
Then, I do a neck excercize that I learned with that Aussie trainer I forgot his name but, you stand the horse still, and stretch the neck, by pulling it side to side it's supposed to give you control and stuff.
Well, I did it once, and last time I did it, I pulled her neck to touch my toe, and she did it perfectly (mind i'm not "pulling" I'm asking) and she just left her head there and started that whinnying again, and I had to push her head forward to get her out of that position!
I don't know what's wrong!!! I'm scared!!
Am I too heavy? Is she hurt? What's going on?
I ride western, and she used to be a jumper. She was a mom too at one point. Does this have anything to do with it? Or is it just my riding?