Monthly Archives: September 2012

Behavior as Information

In preparation for some fall clean-up work around here, I realized I needed to check in with my work pony Torrin.  We hadn’t done any harness work in quite awhile, so I took a halter and some lines down to … Continue reading

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A Fell and A Racehorse

A story I heard the other day about two pasture mates nicely illustrates how equine personalities differ.  One of the pasture mates was a Fell Pony, and the other was a racehorse.  In an email I received recently, different personality … Continue reading

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Stresses on Stewardship

Stewards of rare breeds inevitably deal with small gene pools.  As a result, many stewards learn to recognize breeding lines that are valuable because of both correct breed type and desirable genetic diversity.  As a steward of the Fell Pony … Continue reading

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Taking a Bow

I’ve always wanted to teach a pony to bow.  I’m not sure why it’s been so attractive to me, though there’s no denying that Fells, with their copious hair dropping down, make the bow more dramatic.  In the past when … Continue reading

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Horsemanship with Breeding Stock 2

Being a breeder, I have many opportunities each day to put my horsemanship skills to use with breeding stock.  While I take my skills for granted, one of the horsemanship programs I study explicitly requires a higher level of skill … Continue reading

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“I Need A Job”

Two emails came in this past week that were so related as to make me smile.  The first was about three Fell Ponies who had conspired to lift a gate off its hinges.  The second was from a horsemanship company, … Continue reading

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Herd Leaders and Dominant Horses 2

I recently had the most wonderful conversation with my mentor about leaders and dominant horses.  I had sent him my first post on the topic.  He and his wife have also noticed the difference between these two types of equines; … Continue reading

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