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Celebrating Mares - Countrygirl Constance

IMG_0071  Tracey Fox tells us about her mare, Dora.

“Dora was bred by my sister and was born just a few weeks after our Mum died, her competition name comes from my Mum’s name Connie.
She came to live with me as a 2 year old and I can honestly say our path has not been a smooth one! As a 3 year old she developed Laminitis but made a brilliant recovery and since then has been managed to ensure this never happens again. When it came to backing Dora I had no problems but the riding away was more problematic, she is a very dominant mare and didn’t really see why she had to do as I wanted, travelling was another problem and would flip herself over backwards. So many lessons later in the Monty Roberts method of loading we were mobile but the fight when riding continued!IMG_0046
As a 6 year old (last year) we qualified and went to the BD regional at Prelim  and certainly didn’t disgrace ourselves and also did the Pet Plan Area Festival at Novice, which seemed a huge achievement after all our challenges, then this year in February I came off Dora on the road whilst out on our own and went to hospital with quite bad concussion and still have no memory of 18 hours of that day. We are back on board again now and have just done our first riding club competition since my accident and hopefully will be out shortly attempting our first Elementary test. So hopefully onwards and upwards!”

IMG_0408What advice would you give to somebody who is thinking of owning a mare/bought a new mare?

“I would say to not give in and to persevere, it has taken me a long time to build the relationship I now have with Dora, because she felt so much a part of my family I have always felt it had to work as selling her was never an option and eventually we have got there and we have a lovely relationship which is built on a lot of hard work and trust.”