Monthly Archives: May 2015

Another Void

One would think, after as many ponies as have come and gone here, that I wouldn’t notice, that it wouldn’t bother me.  But having just sent Lunesdale Silver Belle to her new home, I definitely feel her absence.  There’s a … Continue reading

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Shelley Makes Me Laugh

We got in late from work, so I was feeding at dark.  I’d been enjoying my last feeding of the day with some light since daylight savings time and spring equinox.  The darkness was making things just a little more … Continue reading

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Hoof Trimming and Other Travel Preparations

I’m preparing a pony to go to their new home.  I have the brand inspector scheduled, and I have an appointment to take the pony to the vet in town for a health certificate and Coggins.  These are all legal … Continue reading

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Consequences of Breeding Closely in the Fell Pony

DNA research has found that the Fell Pony’s genetic diversity is healthy relative to other breeds.  Nonetheless I think we have to be careful when breeding closely-related ponies to each other.  I know there are benefits of linebreeding and similar … Continue reading

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Nature and Nurture

It’s such a thrill when my youngest pony has absolutely stellar foot-handling manners.  And then when my youngest is also a soon-to-be stallion, it means even more!  I was told recently that one farrier considers Fell Ponies brats because of … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale for Fell Pony Stewards from the Thoroughbred

What do you think when you hear that the Thoroughbred has a narrow gene pool?  Perhaps you are as skeptical as I was.  I was skeptical because of my two decades’ involvement with rare breeds of livestock where we think … Continue reading

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Hair and Halter Riding

I’m riding ponies two to five times a day for short distances.   (Yes, I’m really lucky!)  For me this sort of riding means tying a lead rope through the halter into reins and hopping on bareback and mostly walking, sometimes … Continue reading

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