Monthly Archives: January 2016

Pack Horse Bridges 2

Because of my interest in the working heritage of ponies in general and of Fell Ponies in particular, the packhorse bridges of Cumbria fascinate me.  Pack horses were the principal transport for trade goods in Cumbria beginning in the 1400s … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Partnered Pony (TM), Work Ponies

Thank You, Commanche

It wasn’t until I got my second Fell Pony stallion and my fourth Fell Pony mare that I realized I owed Commanche some thanks.  Commanche was the first pony stallion I ever met.  My heart went out to his owner … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Partnered Pony (TM)

Driving Pony Bitting Advice

Carriage driving expert Muffy Seaton did a terrific series on “Bitting the Driving Horse” in Driving Digest magazine.  (1)  I highly recommend these articles to anyone curious about this topic.  Muffy often drives ponies, breeds driving ponies, and is considered … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Partnered Pony (TM), Work Ponies

A Miracle Pony

Mya the Wonder Pony is featured in my latest book The Partnered Pony.  Her ‘surname’ derives not because she is a registered purebred.  She isn’t.  I have no idea where she was born or who her parents were.  She got … Continue reading

Posted in Partnered Pony (TM), Work Ponies

Showing What She Can Do

Where Mowcop Black Bess lives in Lancashire, outdoor turn-out or activity has been greatly curtailed due to horrendously wet weather.  The indoor school therefore is being heavily used for lunging and riding.  Normally Bess and her owner Eddie have the … Continue reading

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

A Quiet Stallion

I have ponied many ponies over the years in many combinations, but I’ve never ponied a stallion and a mare.  I’ve ponied a stud colt from a gelding and a stallion from a gelding and a gelding from a stallion, … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Natural Horsemanship