Hi, I'm new here. If someone could help me with my problem I would be so greatful.
I have a 15 year old grade QH, reg. Palomino mare. I've had her almost 3 years and my whole family has grown attached to her, but unfortunately I'm the only one that rides. Beauti was a great beginner horse but now that I want to move on to dressage and show I am having problems:
- she pops her shoulder
- is hard to collect
- terminally one sided
- wont pick up the canter and if she does it is the incorrect lead.
- bit resistance
- her leg aids are a bit rusty
She has never been affectionate (I've learned to deal) but she has a horrible work ethic she doesnt enjoy ring work at all and will get quite stubborn about being caught or going in the arena! I have nerve damage from a riding accident and I'm almost positive I have fibromyalsia. Because of all of this my training has been slowed. I have started taking lessons again but instead of me learning I am constantly trying to get her into the correct form so I can learn! After my lesson my shoulders had golf ball sized lumps and pain down my arms from using a steady outside rein just to keep her straight. Before I got her she was a trail horse all of her life, and though we love her we can't afford another horse. On top of all that she had stifle problems and torn and pulled tendons.
My question is: is it worth it to keep going with her, and keep working on getting her to go straight and yield to the bit, or should I get another horse with less problems?