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 don't like jumping high anymore), and had fantastic paces in the school.
That's 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 can't be my nerves, because in the end I become determined and angry with both myself and her. I just don't 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. :(