Monthly Archives: March 2013

How They Leave

Because I’ve been riding Shelley most mornings and late afternoons down the driveway and then letting her run back up, I’ve had lots of opportunity to see how she leaves me after I unhalter her. It’s been fascinating. For most … Continue reading

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Footing Sense 3

Last night when I walked the driveway for last feeding, it was just as the moon was coming up, and I thought to myself “I’m never going to be able to ride Shelley in the morning; it’s just too icy.” … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Partnered Pony (TM), Rare Breeds

Taking Cues from Mama

What is it about dominant mares not disciplining their foals for unruly behavior?! Lunesdale Silver Belle (Ellie) is the undisputed head of the herd, yet she lets her son Willowtrail Winter Dare (Darry) jump up on her, chew on her … Continue reading

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Footing Sense 2

I’ve received several comments from Fell Pony owners about my post “Footing Sense.” Some of the people have ponies with footing sense. Some explicitly bought fell bred ponies because they wanted footing sense. Some have ponies with poor footing sense. … Continue reading

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Footing Sense

I recently asked a long time Fell Pony breeder why it’s important for breeders to return to fell-bred herds for breeding stock. One of the answers surprised me because I’d never heard it before. For lack of a better term, … Continue reading

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The Belle Mare by Robert Tebay

“The Belle Mare” is a painting at the Kendal Museum.  It depicts a pack pony fully loaded, likely with wool.  Dated from 1757 by the artist Robert Tebay, it’s a perfect illustration for the following passage from Clive Richardson’s book … Continue reading

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Twenty Degrees Warmer

What a blessing warmer weather is. I spent most of the day outside today because it’s twenty degrees warmer. I’d forgotten what highs in the thirties feel like! I had a couple of pony chores that needed to be done, … Continue reading

Posted in Partnered Pony (TM), Work Ponies