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Spotlight on Stella: KER’s Research HorsesBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · December 3, 2014

Most of the horses used in studies at Kentucky Equine Research (KER) are Thoroughbred geldings, but occasionally female Thoroughbreds are also included in a research trial. One of these fillies has become a project for Natalie Ireland, a research intern at KER.

Natalie says, “My favorite horse is Stella, a three-year-old chestnut Thoroughbred filly, and she really knows it sometimes! She knows she's important because she's the only girl, and obviously all the boys love her. 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, will sulk at you if you don't let her have her way, but as soon as you try to leave she wants you to come back.”

Natalie has been involved with the filly’s training recently. “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. She really enjoys her work and tries sooooo hard with everything! I think I'll be trying to squeeze her in my suitcase when I go home.”

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