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Celebrating Mares - Coletta

Lucy Wallace shares her story of her 7 year old KWPN mare, known as ‘Coletta’.

“Coletta is the sort of mare that you either get on like a house on fire with, or you want to throw a shovel at. Initially I wanted to throw a shovel at her (not literally, I would never hurt her), I’m sure it was a mutual feeling… Why? Because we are both very hot headed, strong minded, independent, females – not always the best combination…

Coletta spent the first 4 months with us climbing her stable walls, going psycho in the field coming in a state, bucking, galloping off into jumps and trying to eat everything she saw. It was like watching someone completely lose their mind and blowing their brains at every opportunity.

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I got so caught up trying to find ways to change Coletta that it never even crossed my mind that maybe I had misunderstood her. She wasn’t really a crazy, psycho horse that hated me, she just wanted attention 24/7. When looking at her passport it soon became evident why, Coletta is 7 years old and has had 9 change of ownerships in her lifetime (not including us). Maybe that isn’t a lot compared to some but that’s a new home every year and 2 years having 2 new homes. We bought her off of a dealer and the dealer got her off of a dealer, maybe she isn’t used to consistent one on one attention 7 days a week and is just acting out of excitement/become too attached to us. To be fair to all of her owners she has always been a very well looked after horse according to her passport, she’s always had her jabs up to date, teeth etc done.

Eventually Coletta began to calm down 5/6 months later and she went back to the lovely, calm horse we first met at the dealers! Coletta to this day still has her quirks, she is still psycho in the field but it is more her being playful and safe now. She is working so incredibly well on the flat and is competing with me in 1.10m classes placing every time we go out and consistently making me smile.

 

Coletta has so many lovable quirks about her, for example when she is in and sees me walking down the drive towards her she will run to the front of the stable and start calling for me, last week she did it and misjudged where the door was and ran into the wall… When I plait her for shows she just stands there with her head down (I’m short and can’t reach) and falls asleep, when travelling and at shows she literally eats the whole time!! I have to take extra haynets because she is like a hoover. If you scratch her back by the bottom of her mane, she turns round and starts scratching you on the back. And finally my favourite thing about Coletta is that she is so emotionally with it that she always knows how I’m feeling. If I am having a really bad day she just knows, she is a lot more sensitive towards me and will just follow me round and nudge me all the time, she has this thing where she will lower her head so I can give her face a hug and she just stands there falling asleep. Other days she notices I am really happy and excited so she will be as well, she’ll start throwing her head about and abusing me with head butts when I groom her, she’ll follow me round still but her head will be held really high and her hoofs start flicking, it is really funny.

I believe that Coletta is one of the sweetest, kind-hearted, hardworking, most special horses I have ever come across. Despite the rocky start, I am genuinely the luckiest girl alive to have such an incredible partner in crime, and I very much look forward to the following years ofsuccess and retirement with her. She’s finally found her home for life. There isn’t much that she won’t do for me, she’s like a comedian when I need a laugh, a shoulder to cry on when I’m sad and a saint when we compete. To me she is a mare of a lifetime.”