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Celebrating Mares - India

printwindsor2010 Name: CT Rider Special Print, stable name India

Breed: Coloured Sport

Age: 11 years

Size: 16.1hh age

Owner: Sue Mitchell

When did you get India?

I bred her out of my TB Anglo Arab Cross.  I had always wanted a coloured sport horse and I love her spotted legs.

Competition history and career highlights

She did well in showing taking Supreme Coloured Ridden at Equifest in 2010 and several County Show Championships.  She also did well in dressage at Prelim and Novice but a spavin has limited her competition work for the last few years.  We have had fun doing sponsored rides too and I took her on a couple of holidays to the Cotswolds which were a wonderful way to bond with her. We were riding for hours each day.  It was a lovely experience which I hope to be able to repeat soon.

What do you consider to be her best qualities?

She is very polite and talks to me.  She would never be rude or bargey as she is too much of a classy girl.  Like all ‘her ladyships’, she lets you know when she is displeased, with her wide range of facial expressions.

What quirks does she have that are particular to her and how do you deal with them? Sue and Print

She can be tricky to catch, especially with the spring grass.  I have worked out if I ‘shoo’ her away from her lady friends and not let her near them, she gives up and lets me put the headcollar on.  When she is in season she doesn’t want to leave the herd, even for food and a groom.  She becomes very clingy to the other horses in the field.  I do keep her headcollar on in the field in May so I have something to grab!  Once I have got her, she would never be rude and pull away.

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

They are adorable but they have strong personalities because they are driven by their hormones.  You have to work with their temperaments and you cannot force a mare to do something she doesn’t want to do.  You have to demonstrate the sense in doing what you want her to do.  You cannot bully a mare as you can some geldings so if you are tight on time, best have a straight forward gelding.  If you have time to negotiate life and see it as an equal relationship, she will reward you in so many ways: trust, honesty and desire to please.