Last weekend, I had a really lovely shoot with an old friend of mine. Abbie and I used to both keep our horses on livery at Tiptree Equestrian, about twelve years ago and became firm friends. As you do, we mostly lost touch over the years, but remained connected on Facebook.
And last September, Abbie’s friends bought her a photoshoot gift voucher for her birthday! So I was so excited to get the chance to catch up with her and get some images of her and her beautiful mare, Annie. Aren’t they just a gorgeous pair?!
Annie is a seventeen year-old, British Warmblood and her showname is Crimson Fury. Abbie has owned her for four years. When I knew her, Abbie had a little chestnut pony called Honey, and as Honey grew older and slowed down, Abbie bought Annie to do more with.
Abbie tells me that Annie was originally very nervous and difficult and had absolutely no trust. She would rear and bolt and Abbie contemplated throwing the towel in on numerous occaisions. But luckily, she decided to perservere with this quirky mare and her persistance paid off.
They now have an unbreakable bond and have found a way of working that suits them both. Annie is still a very nervous mare and is definitely still quirky, but she now looks to Abbie for guidance and confidence, rather than mistrusting her.
In November 2015 Annie was rushed to Newmarket with suspected colic and Abbie’s world was turned upside down when she was told to prepare for the worst. However, she wasn’t willing to give up on her best friend and told the vets to do everything they could to save her!
Annie was later diagnosed with a very rare case of peritonitis, with E. coli in her blood. After three days in intensive care, Annie made a miraculous recover and, to Abbie’s utter relief, was allowed home!
Annie made a complete recovery and Abbie says “My crazy chestnut mare is her normal self, causing chaos, but I wouldn’t have her any other way.” Lol! The pair now enjoy a quiet life doing general riding activities and local shows and clinics. “We aren’t that adventurous,” says Abbie.
It was so, so lovely to see you again, Abbie. So many years have passed but you haven’t changed a bit!