1 year ago, I finally bought my very first pony. She was dead lame, 23 years old, hadn't been broke until she was 17 (by me) and I loved her more than anything. Retirement was fine by me for my first pony. She disagreed.
1 month after I bought her, while playing in the outdoor ring with a much happier and sounder pony (she lived outside 24/7), she jumped out of the ring to eat grass. It's a 4 foot ring fence. She's 13 hands.
She's jumped out of this ring about 4 times now, all when I won't let her free jump above 3', but what she did the other day is what worries me. She jumped out of her stall. She's got dutch doors and got upset that she wasn't the first out to the paddocks. She jumped out and trotted to her paddock without a scratch on her. No heat, no swelling, nothing.
How do I prevent her from solving her problems in life by jumping?? She's 24 years old, and I am terrified she is going to hurt herself, or worse!
Below are pictures of her free jumping and one of her in her stall, so you can see how small she is in relation to it. Thanks in advance.
This is about 4 feet, we only went that high because she kept aiming herself towards the ring fence when I didn't raise it. (1 month ago)
only a 2', 3' 6" ish oxer but it was pretty wide. Again, she was threatening me. (2 days ago)