Monthly Archives: June 2015

Dynamic Tension 2

When we steward rare breeds of livestock, we are constantly aware of potentially opposing tensions.  On the one hand, we must pay attention to the market since recovering rare breeds is most successful when their economics make sense.  On the … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Rare Breeds

A New Ponying Pony

While the word ‘pony’ as a verb in a dictionary is about a monetary transaction, I typically use it to describe something I’ve been doing since very early in my pony career.  Ponying (which elicits a misspelling warning from my … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Natural Horsemanship, Partnered Pony (TM)

A Haltering Favor

The thank-yous seemed out of proportion for an act I perform several times a day.  Yet as the conversation went on, it became clear why they were being so heartily expressed.  We had stopped at our favorite feed mill to … Continue reading

Posted in Natural Horsemanship, Partnered Pony (TM), Sustainable Equestrianism

They Keep Count

When Lunesdale Silver Belle and Sleddale Rose Beauty were here, Beauty was usually the one that greeted me first at the fence, asking for a treat.  Usually she got one.  It didn’t matter how far away Ellie was, she always … Continue reading

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What About a Five-Year-Old?

When a Fell Pony owner read my ideas for working with a three-year-old, they asked for the same sort of information for a five-year-old.  The goal, of course, is the same:  to prepare the pony for a long working life.  … Continue reading

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Words from My Husband

My husband asked that I post these words from him here: “Thursday we left with Beauty which was going to be a very difficult day.  As we went down the driveway and all the ponies called to her and she … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Inspirations

RIP Sleddale Rose Beauty

By far the hardest thing I have had to do so far in my stewardship of Fell Ponies is say goodbye to Sleddale Rose Beauty.  She was the mare who started it all, the one who caused me to fall … Continue reading

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