Hi there my 13 year old TB mare who I have had since march has started being quite naughty out hacking the only thing I can relate it to is windy weather ??? She had only ever raced before I took her on and had 3 years off due to tendon injury before she came to me. She is a bit spooky but after a few teething problems I started riding her out with a crop which I've never had to use but certainly curbed the shying and made her more positively forward going. She is a lovely mare I absolutely adore her but this shying is quite severe to the point she then slips and slides quite badly loseing her balence and shoots forward I have always felt very safe on her and am having weekly lessons as I hope to re-train her for dressage (you may have seen he in my other links) I really don't want this to get out of hand and affect my confidence and enjoyment of her.
Today she was extremly bad and we rode out alone when we got home I put her on the lunge in our training paddock and she settled immediately no shying or signs even of high spirits. I must admit she is carrying a little bit of weight and I think feeling well in herself and im hardly feeding her and keeping her on a very low protein and energy diet. I know the obvious answer is don't ride her in the wind but that is not always practical living in Cornwall in the UK 3 miles from the coast. Also with the aim of competition ahead this could get in the way!!! By the way all teeth, tack, back etc checked and ok. Any ideas suggestions etc welcome :) she is fresh to ride but a really lovely girl normally and I've always felt so safe on her before :) so must sort this !!!
Pics as soon as we were back and lunged for 5 mins I don't see any signs of stress???