Monthly Archives: April 2012

Frank Yardley, Fells, and Coloured Cobs

Two items have found their way to my desk recently connected by a single name:  Frank Yardley.  The first item is the Spring 2002 Fell Pony Society newsletter.  In it, Frank shares how he started with Fells and what he … Continue reading

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Pony Commentaries on Leadership

I’ve just finished collaborating on another article for Rural Heritage magazine with my friend Doc Hammill.  This one is about the incredible opportunities that our daily interactions with our equines present for improving our relationships.  Doc is adamant that when … Continue reading

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Black and White and Equine Vision

I’ve been trail riding my Fjord horse gelding Torrin for eleven years now.  We have a lot of fun together and recently have expanded our repertoire to include cantering bareback.  For me this takes a lot of trust, and Torrin … Continue reading

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Lily’s Pre-Flight Checks

The type of horsemanship I study advocates a ‘pre-flight check,’ a routine to determine whether your horse is mentally, emotionally and physically fit to be ridden.  I have repeatedly gotten a good laugh out of my Fell Pony mare Lily … Continue reading

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Setting Things Up for Success

While it’s a good philosophy of life in general, setting things up for success seems especially important when working with horses.  Dr. Robert Miller, the renowned veterinarian and imprint training innovator, says, “The first incident of any kind experienced by … Continue reading

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Roll Call

Yesterday the wind came up and started to blow really hard midday.  I gave thanks for mild-mannered Fell Ponies because, while they were on edge, they weren’t frantic.  I fed as usual at lunch time, and about ten minutes later … Continue reading

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Less Than An Hour!

Willowtrail Farm is in a fairly out-of-the-way place.  I love it that way, but it does make some things challenging.  For instance, finding a decent farrier who’s willing to come this far just for trimming.  Back when I could get … Continue reading

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