Monthly Archives: March 2011

My Week to Learn From

Three Sundays ago ended what I have come to call ‘my week to learn from.’  That week, I had more need for emergency veterinary assistance than in my past twelve years of equine ownership.  My vet told me I was … Continue reading

Posted in Inspirations

Ginny & Sadie

Breeding Fell Ponies these past eleven years has brought me one unexpected benefit:  meeting other working pony enthusiasts.  So many Americans have poor opinions of ponies that I truly value those who love them as much as I do and … Continue reading

Posted in Work Ponies

Rare Breeds Connections

One of the cool things about being a rare breeds enthusiast is that it immediately gains me entry into a community of like-minded folks.  Rare breeds are often misunderstood; assumed to be some exotic form of livestock, they are actually … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Rare Breeds

Fell Pony Inbreeding Coefficients

With breeding season nearly here, I recently got a question about acceptable inbreeding coefficients. My answer was that it depends.  Inbreeding coefficients are a mathematical calculation about the relatedness of a pony’s parents.  They are often used to assess a … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Rare Breeds

Ponies and Dreams by Mary Lascelles

This delightful book arrived in my life just when I needed to escape for an hour.  The author’s poetry about her ponies is beautifully illustrated by the paintings of Jacquie Jones.  As Lascelles’ verse style is similar to my own, … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies

Morning Arrivals

This morning as I was doing chores at the top of the farm, three residents of the bottom of the farm came galloping up the road.  Mya, Torrin, and Lily were in high spirits after their run, and they of … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Natural Horsemanship, Work Ponies

How I Started Skidding

This story will make my draft horse friends laugh, my natural horsemanship friends smile, and my pony friends nod their heads in appreciation of how versatile our four-footed friends are.  I recently found some pictures of ancient history in my … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Natural Horsemanship, Work Ponies