Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Sense of Humor

I read the following last night:  “Horses have a sense of humour.  Some have been known to take off the groom’s cap with their teeth and drop it in a bucket.”(1)  I was so happy to know that I’m not … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Natural Horsemanship, Work Ponies

Stallion Temperament

Generally speaking, Fell Pony stallions are tractable.  My first stallion especially spoiled me, as his temperament was agreeable in as many ways as I could experience:  considerate of mares, gentle with foals, easy to train, and respectful of humans. I … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Sustainable Equestrianism

Thank You, Mrs. Newall

I learned a few days ago of the death of Mrs. Ailie Newall, breeder of the Dene Fell Ponies in Northumberland.  I had the pleasure of first meeting Mrs. Newall in 2005 at the Fell Pony Society Stallion and Colt … Continue reading

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Training via Flight Instinct, and Otherwise

This winter I am studying the Liberty and Horse Behavior course from Parelli Natural Horsemanship. It’s a course I’ve been interested in for several years because so much of how I interact with my ponies is at liberty. Finally all … Continue reading

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Positive Reinforcement in Training

Right now I have four Fell Ponies in my largest paddock.  While in the past I’ve had as many as seven ponies there, even four provides plenty of excitement when it’s vitamin bucket time in the morning.  Managing the jostling … Continue reading

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Frosty Weather

A few days ago I saw a close-up photo of a Fell Pony owner outdoors when the temperature was twenty-four below zero.  She had frost on her eyelashes and eyebrows and on the hair around her face.  I admired her … Continue reading

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Willowtrail Farm Musings 2012

Thirteen years ago this week I first learned about Fell Ponies.  Websites for businesses and organizations were just becoming common, so the first thing I did was search for more information on the internet.  I only remember three websites where … Continue reading

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