I bought a pony a month and half ago that I trained for 7 years. She was wild until she was 16 and abused. When I decided to buy her, it was because she went dead lame and I wanted to be sure she was safe for the rest of her life.
She is 23 years old, 13.1 hands and a mare in every sense of the word. But she can jump. When she was younger and in shape, we jumped 3'6" on a regular basis.
After less than a month of living outside, she became sound... very sound. She was playing in our outdoor ring and jumped out. It's a 4' fence. And she did it from a stand still.
I am now bringing her back into work, but she is beginning to get bored. I lunge her 5-6 days a week to get her strength back and I let her jump 1-2 feet to keep her on her toes, but she's getting more annoyed that I won't let her jump big.
I've ridden her a few times at a walk, but she hasn't been ridden for real in over 10 months and all she wants to do is take off and jump stuff when I do.
How do I keep her happy without risking her hurting herself? I get worried about free lunging her too much because I know she can jump out easily. Our roundpen isn't well put together and our indoor isn't set up for riding currently.
Any help would be much appreciated.