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Celebrating Mares - Abbey
“My name is Emily and I am 20 and I have had my mate Abbey for 2 months now, our story started 5 years ago when she was the horse I was lucky enough to start my cross country career on. She was amazing and gave me so much confidence!
I began to loan her but unfortunately her owner sold her behind my back while I was loaning her and just text me one day saying she was going in a week 🙁 luckily I got in touch with her new owner and she was happy to send me photos and let me visit, but unfortunately after a couple of visits seeing her with someone else and that she hadn’t settled in very well and wasn’t eating hurt too much and I stopped visiting.
About a year into having her, her new owner contacted me saying she had to sell her then the next day she said she didn’t have to do after all, I had started trying to persuade my dad to buy her. About 4 months ago the same happened, she had to sell her and she wanted to give me first refusal as I hadn’t been given that privilege before. I saw this chance and eventually bought her with my own money.
I bought her to jump as she did before, hoping she would still enjoy it I have been progressing her over different jumps and we are now jumping 90cm with ease and she loves it as much as she always did.
I believe Abbey and I were destined to be together and I would have regretted not buying her as I saw this as my last opportunity of being offered and I stand my decision, she’s the best decision I have ever made!”
What advice would you give to somebody who is thinking of owning a mare/bought a new mare?
Advice for someone with a mare would be, make it a partnership, don’t try and force them to do anything or they will just fight back, find something they really enjoy doing, such as mine loves jumping and use it as a reward, I find that mine always works best like that.