Monthly Archives: January 2011

Integrating Ellie

It’s hard to believe that my Fell Pony mare Lunesdale Silver Belle has been here three months already.  I’ve grown so used to her greeting me at the fence at each feeding that it’s hard to remember when she wasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies

Wassailing the Ponies 2011

We finally got around to wassailing the ponies today.  This is normally a New Year’s Day tradition.  We feed the ponies apples, thank them for their company during the past year, and wish them good health for the coming year.  … Continue reading

Posted in Inspirations

Chasing Rust

I’ve just finished a quarterly round of a copper supplement for all the ponies.  The supplement provides bio-available copper to help with hair health as well as immune system support. One goal with this round is to chase the rust out … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Natural Health

Apollo’s Moon

When I went out for last feeding a few minutes ago, my Fell Pony stallion Guards Apollo didn’t meet me at the fence like he normally does.  Restar Mountain Shelley III was there, so we took advantage of our solitude … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies

Stocking Cap Games

On this very snowy afternoon, the only outdoor activity involving ponies that I could get half-way excited about was trimming hooves. I could do this under cover without snow sliding down my neck, and it needed to be done anyway. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Breed Type and the Work at Hand

In its Nov/Dec 2010 issue, Rural Heritage magazine published “Draft Breeds in a Non-Draft World.”  In the article I discussed how breed type of various draft breeds including the Haflinger and the Fell is being impacted by a change in … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Rare Breeds

Norwegian Harness

Recent discussions about the Norwegian sport skijoring brought to mind my Norwegian Harness.  I decided to try Norwegian harness because of the Norwegians’ long history of working ponies.  I figured they had a better chance than most at getting some … Continue reading

Posted in Work Ponies

Service at 5 below

Mya and I moved water and manure today.  It’s definitely my favorite way to do it.  But on New Year’s Day, I serviced Mya and her friend’s paddock in a very different way.  It was five below zero at noon, … Continue reading

Posted in Work Ponies

Ponying After Dark

The last thing I wanted to hear at 9pm the other night was galloping hoofbeats coming up the drive.  I was outside giving my ponies their last feeding for the day, and I was really looking forward to going to … Continue reading

Posted in Work Ponies