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British Intern Describes Her Favorite Research HorseBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · March 25, 2015

Natalie Ireland is more than halfway through her year as a research intern at Kentucky Equine Research (KER). Natalie, or “Nat,” who comes to KER from Kendal, Cumbria, UK, is a student at the University of Glasgow, where she is studying veterinary bioscience.

Though most of the KER research horses are Thoroughbred geldings, Nat worked with a three-year-old Thoroughbred mare in the first few months after she arrived at the research facility in central Kentucky. “As for my favorite horse, well, that has to be Stella,” she said. “She is a young mare, and she really knows it sometimes. She knows she's important because she's the only girl, and obviously all the boys love her.”

Nat continued, “I think the saying 'you tell a gelding, but you ask a mare' couldn't be truer in Stella's case at times. She likes you to give her lots of fuss and will sulk if you don't let her have her way, but as soon as you try to leave, she wants you to come back. I have spent a lot of time with her longeing and long-reining before getting on and riding, and now we're having a great time jumping the logs out on the trails and learning new party tricks.”

“This horse really enjoys her work, and tries so hard with everything,” said Natalie. “I think I'll be trying to squeeze her in my suitcase when I go home!”

Two intern programs are offered by KER. For more information on the programs, click here.

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