Monthly Archives: April 2011

Horse Research in Action

This morning I read an article about some horse-related research, and shortly thereafter I got to see it in action.  It was midday, and a snow storm was blowing in when I went out to feed.  The seven ponies in … Continue reading

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Male Rivalry!

The past few days I’ve been bringing Restar Mountain Shelley III into a private stall for the night.  In the morning I return her to the paddock she shares with my stallion Guards Apollo.  One evening recently my husband helped … Continue reading

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The Tether Ball, Snow Pack, and Fell Pony Foals

Willowtrail Winter Lad and the tether ball There is a tether ball in the yard, visible from the living room window.  In the winter I monitor snowpack by whether the tether ball is visible or not.  Last year at this … Continue reading

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Videos of Willowtrail Winter Lad

For my birthday last fall, my brother and sister-in-law came to visit, flying in from Portland, Oregon and making the drive from the airport into the mountains.  Out of college, my brother was in video production, so when one of … Continue reading

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Mountain & Moorland Ponies book, circa 1945

I’ve just finished reading Mountain & Moorland Ponies of Great Britain, by M.G.S. Best and published by the National Pony Society (NPS) circa 1945.  The introduction is written by Roy B. Charlton, and the cover features a photograph of HRH … Continue reading

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April in the Mountains

April has begun In its fitful way With temps in the sixties And snow pack melting away. Followed the next day By snow falling from above Soaking the ponies That I dearly love. And then three degrees low, Fahrenheit, of … Continue reading

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Ponies and Chariots

The historical connection between chariots and British Native Ponies has crossed my desk a few times recently.  The first came when I was reading Dent and Machin-Goodall’s book, A History of British Native Ponies.  “The effect of Roman occupation on … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Work Ponies