Picky Mare- please help
This might be long and I'm sorry, but to understand Whisper, you have to know her past. She came to me 4 years ago. She was 11 years old and completely wild except for when her old owners beat the crap out of her. They beat her over the head with two-by-fours, broomsticks, anything handy. She had one person on her before me. They put a pelham in her mouth and pulled. She reared up, fell over, and stayed there in shock. I was told she was a show pony so, needless to say, I fell off a lot.
Our saving grace though was jumping. I would let her run as fast as she wanted. I always felt like she wasn't running from me, but her past and I wanted her to know I would be there for her when she was ready. I started putting jumps in her way and she never touched a rail. She is about 13 hands and has free jumped 4 feet (because she jumped out of the 4 foot paddock). I've jumped her 3'6". She loves jumping more than anything.
I've worked with her, but now that i'm in college, I have less control. She isn't my horse, she is owned by my barn but everyone calls her my pony regardless. I'm away for the summer and a friend of mine is trying to ride her. Trying is the key word. With little kids, Whisper is awesome. She knows exactly who's on her back and how to behave.
But the more advanced, the less she behaves. For me, she's great. If I do something wrong, she has no qualms about dumping me, but she rewards me for doing things right. Without me there, she has started bucking again. She avoids the leg at all cost and no one can figure her out. She is completely sound, the vet has checked her out, her back is fine and the girl isn't too big. I think she's just rebelling.
Does anyone know anyway to broaden her? She still is so distrusting of people, despite me making other people handle her. A 4 year old can bring her in from the paddock, but someone new, she hides in a corner. She's such a great pony, I just want to help her. Nothing spooks her on trails, she's done dressage, a little cross country, show jumping, and even some western. But all with me. No one else liked her.
Please help! I don't want my barn to sell her and I can't buy her. She's my mare and I love her and I just want whats best for her!