I have a marish mare that when I purchased 2 years ago was barely broke to ride under saddle. I took things slow and did groundwork for 6 months, light riding and starting her at the canter. At this time I needed spurs to ride her. She was always difficult about this one set of arena doors and would bend her body away to avoid them no matter what I tried-working her away and letting her rest there and sometimes she would go past them and there was still an obvious tense reaction but would not ignore aids to keep her on the rail. i have her examined before I start jumping since she is a draft cross and was 5.5 years so I wanted to make sure she was sound for jumping. She was sound and had hocks x rayed and everything looked good.
I start jumping her and she was pretty willing. I had started riding with a more experienced friend that helped me with starting to collect her, using herself properly and decided to move my mare down the street to my friends barn so we could work our horses together/get better care.
i give her time to chill out and start riding again. she slowly starts become more sensitive to the leg to the point where you barely squeeze your calf and she is going. She is hot and huffy and swishing her tail. Starts getting barn and gate sour. Balking when being lead to and even away from the arena. Absolutely rushing jumps. Afraid of this shed on the side of the arena sometimes and other times not. She does better off property than on property. I have a vet examination her and she has fluid in her stifles so we inject them. No behavior change and vet thought it might have been the reason for rushing jumps. Meanwhile she has been up for sale for months and about 2 weeks after the injections she starts bolting at the canter. Someone comes to try her and asks if she has ulcers so I’m trying her on nexium and it has been a couple weeks and saw some change but yesterday she was hot and reactive-had stopped bolting at the canter for a few rides since I started riding with another trainer and we have been working on it. She also got progesterone implants due to gross heat cycles that seem to last forever.
I just cannot tell if this is health related or training related and I don’t know what to even tell a vet if they came out to look at her. I’m burned out and want her sold at this point because she may do much better with someone else. Any thoughts or personal experiences would be appreciated.