I recently bought a mare I have loved for seven years. She's 23 and when I bought her she was dead lame. I stopped riding her about 1 1/2 years ago. Mind you, she was wild until she was 16 and I "broke" her.
When I bought her, I thought she would be lame forever (that's what the vet said) but a month later she jumped out of our 4 foot ring fence (she's 13.1 hands).
I love her more than life but I'm more than a bit afraid to ride her again. I have been lunging her and letting her jump on the lunge but she's bored.
I want to ride her but I'm afraid of hurting her again. I'm also afraid it won't be the same as before. We were so in tune it was disgusting and I don't know if could ever be the same.
Should I just have a friend ride her and teach (I teach riding lessons full time) or should I ride her myself? Please help... I love my mare, but I really don't want to hurt her. She was sooooo lame before.