Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dominance Games 2

A few weeks ago my Fell Pony mare Lunesdale Silver Belle played a dominance game with me at morning feeding.  Now that some time has passed, it’s interesting to look back on that game and realize that I won it … Continue reading

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Laddie’s Done It Again

In the past few years, when I’ve had visitors to Willowtrail Farm, my young Fell Pony gelding Willowtrail Winter Lad has charmed them.  He has captured their hearts more than any other pony they meet.  I haven’t quite understood how … Continue reading

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Still Tough at Twenty-five

This morning I went outside just after daybreak when the temperature was right at zero degrees Fahrenheit.  The first pony I saw was my Fell Pony mare Sleddale Rose Beauty.  I was struck by how tough this twenty-five year old … Continue reading

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Hello Winter

I’m sure glad I worked six ponies yesterday because today the weather dictated something different.  Prior to this week, we were at 67% of normal for snowfall and 50% of last year.  For us that means two feet instead of … Continue reading

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Stallion Number Three

I am fortunate to now be working with my third licensed Fell Pony stallion.  This one is my homebred four-year-old Willowtrail Black Robin, and this week has been especially rewarding because I’ve sat on his back each day.  For me, … Continue reading

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Dominance Games

I’ve been fascinated recently by the dominance games that seven Fell Ponies are playing in my largest paddock.  My two year-old filly is pushing my 25-year-old around.  My four-year-old gelding is pushing his grandmother around, while she still pushes my … Continue reading

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Conditioning Our Equine Partners

I am working five ponies a day right now five days a week, and some more often than that.  (It’s the closest to heaven I think I’ll ever get!)  I consider my ponies athletes whenever I ask them to work, … Continue reading

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