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Celebrating Mares - Millie
Daisy tells us about her share pony called Millie..
“She is pure Arab and a chestnut and everyone who I’ve described her to has said ‘she must be really naughty!’ or ‘she must be very highly strung!’ but she is quite the opposite.
I started sharing Millie when I was twelve, we started quite slowly and built up trust really well, she is the most gentle pony ever. The first time I ever rode her was out on a hack but she was amazing and I didn’t have much hacking experience but she looked after me.
Millie has given me a huge amount of confidence and taught me so much, I went from being quite nervous to canter to popping little jumps and we have galloped too!
Every time I have felt nervous she has waited until I’ve asked her to go, even when the horse in front has cantered off she will either walk or trot it with me or stand for a while until I’m sure that I am ready. She has tested me when I am confident enough but she understands how far to push me and will stop the first time I ask her.
Millie is ridden in a hackamore so we haven’t competed or gone to any Riding or Pony Clubs. However, after doing a lot of endurance with her owner successfully, she has never jumped or done any Dressage. I trained her to jump and she flew over some small jumps! I am so proud of her because she has never refused or run out, she has knocked it down a lot but she really does try her heart out for me. I also taught her to do pirouettes in Dressage, again she tried her best and did it quite well. Also, neither of us had ever done bareback before but we did leg yield where she crossed both her front and her back legs! The second time we did bareback we cantered! From being nervous to canter this was amazing for us.
Millie has never been mareish or been naughty. She is such a lovely horse and we both have an amazing bond together, it’s like she can read my mind!”
What advice would you give to somebody who is thinking of owning a mare/bought a new mare?
“Although some are mareish, especially when in season, once you have built a bond with them, it is very strong. At first you need to let them know who is boss so they won’t mess around but after that treat them as your equal. It takes time and patience but the reward is huge. I trust my mare so much that sometimes we walk back to the field and she is wearing nothing but a fly mask, she will just follow me.”