Monthly Archives: July 2013

Traditional Morgan Horses Added to Conservation Priority List

I have always felt that Fell Ponies chose me rather than me choosing them, and the most recent newsletter of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) reminded me of this.  On the front page was an announcement that the traditional … Continue reading

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There’s No Such Thing as a Slow-Maturing Breed

I recently came across a paper that proclaims there’s no such thing as a slow-maturing breed of equine.  Okay, then why since early in my Fell Pony career have I heard that Fells are slow to mature?  In fact, I … Continue reading

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Keeping Stallions Together

I was talking to a visiting contractor about the Pony Shuffle the other day, and we got talking about managing my senior stallion in the shuffle. Apollo reliably trailers with mares, even mares in heat if I manage things right, … Continue reading

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A Quiz from My Feeding Instructions

I got a good laugh the other day when I read the feeding instructions I’d left for my helper.  I have three paddocks of two ponies each, so one might think that feeding instructions for each paddock would be identical.  … Continue reading

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Sensory Associations in Training

It’s amazing what a bottle of fly spray can teach you. I had gone out to trim Torrin’s hooves; it was a very hot day, and the bugs were awful. I knew that to have any chance of trimming hooves … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Beholder

The other night we had unexpected visitors. They were unexpected because we’d never met them before and didn’t know they were coming, and they were unexpected because where we live is so far off the beaten track that people have … Continue reading

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Twins Research

The July issue of Equus magazine includes a summary of some research done on twins in horses. The article left me asking a question, so I thought I would look into what I know about Fell Pony twins to follow … Continue reading

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