I have a 5 year old Mare named Andie. We've just started riding again for this season after doing lots of ground work and working on her manners. Today (4/9), Was our second ride (Yay!)
But, I'm having trouble riding her when it's windy. The last time I rode when it was windy, Andie spooked and I fell off getting a minor concussion. The pen I usually ride in is an open grass acre. I walked her around it not even a full lap today, and she was instantly tense and wouldn't stop doing a nervous-type of prance.I noticed when it's windy, she's on edge (I kind of understand because she's young and still learning). Her head is up high and she looks around alot with her shoulders tight-like she ready to take off, which really makes me nervous since I've fallen off.--How do I get her attention and show her that just because it's windy,nothing is going to attack her?? MY 26 year old pony was with us and was as mellow as ever.
I'm 15 years old, and have been training Andie on my own since I got her a year ago. I don't have a round pen, or an indoor arena so it makes things a little more difficult. Are there any simple exercises or things I could show her so she's more comfortable riding on windy days?? I'd really like to help her because I can tell she's trying to be good but she is to caught up in things caught in the wind ( especially leaves..).
Any suggestions or ideas? Anything would help bunches! Thanks :)