Monthly Archives: December 2012

My Name is Madie

I always seem to take on one ambitious homemade gift project at the holidays each year.  This year it was to write a book for my niece.  I complicate this sort of project by not only needing to write the … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Horsemanship Gift

Yesterday I was walking through a paddock with four ponies, and I decided to see what would happen when I broke into a jog.  I heard one pony start trotting with me, and when I glanced over my shoulder, I … Continue reading

Posted in Inspirations, Natural Horsemanship

Pondering Intent

Last week after trimming Fell Pony hooves, I found myself walking crooked.  If I pointed my torso straight ahead, my hips and legs were pointed slightly sideways.  Conversely, if I pointed my toes straight ahead, I found myself looking off … Continue reading

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Eddie and Bess and Jess

Because my dog is my constant companion and because she has some herding instincts, I am always aware of where she is relative to the ponies.  I now know her well enough to anticipate problems and prevent them if she … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Work Ponies

Working Temperament

When I started working ponies in harness, my first pony took to it naturally, which inspired me to get a second.  That second pony, too, went to work easily.  When I learned of Fell Ponies, I looked the breed up … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Sustainable Equestrianism, Work Ponies

Greeting at the Gate

The other day I was talking to my Fell Pony mentor, and I asked him what factors had caused him to cull a particular pony from his herd.  I knew a few of the reasons, so I asked him about … Continue reading

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