Author Archives: workponies

About workponies

Breeder of Fell Ponies, teamster of work ponies, and author of Feather Notes, Fell Pony News, and A Humbling Experience: My First Few Years with Fell Ponies. Distributor of Dynamite Specialty Products for the health of our planet and the beings I share it with.

Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in Willowtrail Farm Musings. I’ve now divided this blog into two and moved each of them to my websites. My Fell Pony blog can now be found at https://fellponiescolorado.com/new-blog/ or by clicking here.       … Continue reading

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

Bad Handoff!

I was apparently in a hurry that day and neglected to follow the instructions for feeding treats to ponies that I always give visitors.  “Put the treat in the palm of your hand and make your hand as flat as … Continue reading

Posted in Natural Horsemanship, Partnered Pony (TM)

They See Differently

I love it when I learn something new when reading about equines, then my ponies do something to make the learning real.  I was walking Torrin and Joe through the log yard, moving them from one paddock to another.  My … Continue reading

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

Opposite Outcomes of Packing

The success of our pony packing job this summer took on greater meaning after hearing a story from an outfitter friend.  We had taken two ponies into a roadless area more than an hour from home and asked them to … Continue reading

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

Choices

The protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville and their aftermath came as I was reading about the end of the Second World War and the fall of Nazi Germany.  Elizabeth Letts’s book The Perfect Horse tells the story of the seizure … Continue reading

Posted in Inspirations, Partnered Pony (TM)

Don’t Despair on Day One

It happened again.  The foal was friendly and sociable right after birth, coming to us to say hello when we were near, bringing smiles to our foal-watch-fatigued faces.  Then at 24 hours old, the foal wanted nothing to do with … Continue reading

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

A Funny Thing Happened While Doing Yoga

It was just before sunrise, and I’d fed the mare in the foaling shed and the ponies in the mare paddock.  I changed my clothes and set up my yoga mat.  It faces a window looking out on a forest … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Partnered Pony (TM)