I rejoined the site, because we are having some concerns with a new mare who is intended to be a para horse for my daughter who would like to compete paraequestrian internationally. We purchased a mare who appears to have a lovely temperament. She is Curious, social, calm and respectful. We have had her for three months. One month ago she started to rear. There were four episodes in total. We had her vetted right away and assessed by a massage therapist. She has significant pain in her shoulder, withers, and her sacro iliac joint. The vet also suspects ulcers. We are treating everything and letting her rest indoors and out.
My daughter rides in the highest category of disability. She uses a walker to walk, and rides with looped reins. She is not able to use her voice and leg strength is limited. It is imperative that this mare be trustworthy in order for my daughter to ride her. I want to take the right steps getting her back under saddle (which is also being changed). I have started join up with her: she joins very readily and likes to hang with us. What do I do next? I will be lunging her again soon, to exercise her, and have reviewed the lunging lessons. I think we are okay in that department. What is the correct progression for me to get back on her safely? Your input would be greatly appreciated.