Monthly Archives: July 2014

Shifting Seven

We arrived at pasture early in the morning, and happily all the ponies were close by for the chore at hand.  We needed to shift seven ponies – five mares and two foals – across the Michigan River to fresh … Continue reading

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Sound Familiar?

I heard a wonderful story on Wyoming Public Radio the other day about Colonial Spanish Mustangs.  And boy did a lot of it sound familiar!  There were the common characteristics of these sorts of equines:  sure-footed, hardy, small (by equine … Continue reading

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Princess and the Pony Shuffle

Willowtrail Storm Princess is just 2 ½ months old, yet she’s the one who’s taught me the most during this year’s pony shuffle.  I knew she was quiet and smart, but now I also know she’s wise.  What a blessing … Continue reading

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Gunshots

I stepped outside to undertake the next step in the pony shuffle, and the first thing I heard was gunshots.  During hunting season the sound of gunshots is fairly normal where we live because we live adjacent to the public … Continue reading

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The 2014 Pony Shuffle

The pony shuffle is underway at Willowtrail Farm, and we’re a little later this year than usual.  The pony shuffle is the period when I move ponies on and off summer pasture to get their systems acclimated to green grass … Continue reading

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An Approving Glance

I had finished feeding the largest pony paddock one morning and had moved onto where Restar Lucky Joe, my young stud colt, is housed.  I had given Lucky Joe and his paddock mate their morning vitamin buckets and was waiting … Continue reading

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