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post #1 of 7 Old 06-12-2008, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Poles and hacking.....My problem or hers????

My turn please.
I'm in a pickle, and I'm a little unsure as to the way forward this time.
Petra is a 16hh ISH, just turned 10yrs affectionate mare, who can occasionally be a bit moody, and spooky but I can cope with that.
Last summer she damaged both her fore high suspensory ligaments and was out of work for about 6 months. Before this happened, we could hack, jump (I dont like jumping high anymore), and had fantastic paces in the school.
Thats her background, I had a really bad fall Christmas 2006 whilst jumping. It resulted in me having half my butt cheek hanging off and loads of stitches, thus my nerves when jumping are not quite what they use to be. This fall was on Meg not Petra.
Anyways back to the point, I started bringing Petra back into work about 2 months ago. Sadly she isn't the same horse.
I wont hack her out as we're straight out onto a busy road and to be honest, I wouldn't trust her. She has developed a habit of digging her heels in and then bolting.....
I've a trainer who has been coming out weekly, our flatwork has been progressing, not without battles, but its been getting there, so he started introducing poles. Well, anyone would think the pole was going to eat her. She wont walk or trot over them, she has to set off like a rocket and jump 6ft up in the air. It cant be my nerves, because in the end I become determined and angry with both myself and her. I just dont know what has gone wrong.
I've tried leading and lungeing her over them, but she just bolts. :(

What do I do? I was debating about letting her go, but my trainer says not to give up on her yet. It'd break my heart to see her go, she was my dream horse, when I first bought her....... Now she's stubborn, unco-operative and a complete madam!
Can anyone suggest any other ways to help us get through this?

Forgot to add, she has a clean bill of health. Also had a visit from both the dentist and the backman last month, so its not a pain related issue. :(
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-12-2008, 12:30 PM
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Unforutunately, with physical damage sometimes mental damage follows.
It sounds like you are making progress with the trainer... can you talk to her and set a time limit of how long you're willing to deal with the situation?
Perhaps doing some work in-hand could help; doing lots of scary stuff in-hand so you have more control, i.e walking over tarps, poles, etc?
Sorry I can't help more... :(

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-12-2008, 12:41 PM
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I agree with JDI, she may suffer some mental issues as well and in this case ONLY time can help. Plus she was off for long time and may just not want to get back to work (if allowed). If you have time, I'd go with what trainer said and spend more time.

How about ground work? Is she also afraid/being stupid etc.?
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-12-2008, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for replying. :)

Its a tough one isn't it. :( I've tried doing it in hand, much the same I'm afraid, she'll either barge past me or jump up in the air to avoid it.
I wondered if the injuries had affected her mentally too. She was in quite a lot of pain when she was first diagnosed. I dont want to give up on her, as I love her dearly. I'm just missing the fun aspect of riding, hacking and going places etc....
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-12-2008, 01:46 PM
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Hmmm... this is a hard one. I too agree with JDI that it is probably a mental issue not a physical one. I would do tons of ground work and work on gaining her trust. Maybe you could try doing some desensitization with her. For example walking over tarps, getting used to noisy things, etc. This might help her to trust you if she knows that you're with her 100% of the time helping her through it. The I would try doing the same thing with the pole once she has become comfortable with the other things. Remember to introduce the pole slowly.

Another idea is maybe put a pole in her pasture (somewhere where she can't trip on it... like against the fence next to the gate or leaning up against a run in shed if you have one) to get her used to a pole being in her everyday routine. Also, you can lean one up in the barn where you tack or up. This might not work but it's just an idea.

Please update us on how she's doing.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-12-2008, 03:40 PM
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DO NOT let her go.You guys were there once and doign wonderful-that means there is no reason you can't get back there. You guys can do it. You have this love for her and you know she loves you. All horses go thru some ups and down after time off. You guys can do it. It can be hard to keep your chin up when you are going thru a rough time.

Keep working with her, she will settle down. I had an almost identical story with my first horse. I also was recovering from an injury at the time (seems to be my life story) and when time came to get back on, it was both difficult for me and her. It took months of hard work and patience but we did it.

If you can dream it, you can do it. You have the heart for it. Continue working with her and your trainer and with time you will jump heaps. Don't let her go.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-13-2008, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Aww thanks M2G. :)
You actually made my eyes fill then. I do love her to bits, and would hate to let her go. You're right, time and patience.
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