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Celebrating Mares - Larnleighs Elektra

kim-coates2Kim Coates tells us about her special mare, Dora.

“This is Larnleighs Elektra, my beautiful, talented but ever so slightly quirky Welsh mare! Dora is a working hunter pony and an absolute character- she always lets you know exactly where you stand with her!

Luckily, she thoroughly enjoys her job and gives her jumping her all every single time. Dora is 6 and has gone from training stakes to flying round a HOYS qualifier this season. Although she is currently out ruling the field enjoying a well deserved break. Of course anyone who goes into the field gets followed, nudged or screamed at until she, Queen Dora, is at least acknowledged – she needs to make sure she’s not forgotten!

kim-coatesDora is the most special mare I could’ve asked for- we have built up a huge trust and she will do anything I ask her, although sometimes you have to remember to ask nicely! I cannot wait to prepare her for next season after her holiday.

After I lost my wonderful gelding after 13 lovely years, I never dreamed that I’d find another horse to be my best friend, especially in the form of a quirky 13 hand chestnut mare! She’s perfect for me and she has a home for life.”

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

“My advice to anyone thinking of buying a mare would be to go for it. Mares seem to have a bit of a reputation for being difficult and quirky, but with patience, trust and hard work they will try their hearts out for you. Don’t get me wrong, there is some real fire in my mare’s belly, but this means she has the will to give absolutely anything a go.

My mare is also slightly hormonal! So finding the right supplement to support them can be really important.
Take your time, build a trust and the rewards will come. Oh and don’t forget to ask nicely!”