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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.

A Pony-Filled Day

Sunday was supposed to be a rest day.  When it became clear that rest wasn’t going to happen, though, I filled the day with ponies instead.  I’m always surprised how much my day improves when I get to spend a … Continue reading

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Research on Welfare of Working Equines

A client has accepted our bid for a project that includes some work for the ponies.  I am of course thrilled because I always love taking the ponies to work with me off the farm.  I also smile with some … Continue reading

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

Fell Pony Blog Is Moving!

If you’re interested in Fell Ponies and follow this blog, I want to let you know that changes are afoot.  I’m dividing this blog into two, one on Fell Ponies and the other on Partnered Ponies. The Fell Pony blog … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies

April Thirty and Zero Degrees

The house popped loudly at 4am and woke me up.  The house only makes that noise when it’s extremely cold.  While it’s common to hear the sound in January, I’m not used to hearing it in April.  Sure enough, when … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies, Partnered Pony (TM)

Elimination Habits

I love getting questions from people about Fell Ponies because in answering them I inevitably learn something new.  So I was thrilled to find a question in my inbox.  And I must admit it was a different sort of question … Continue reading

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

Celebrating a Training Success

Many years ago, one of my first natural horsemanship instructors told me that while, yes, when we train our own ponies, we are responsible for their shortcomings, but on the other hand we can also take credit for their successes.  … Continue reading

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

Hope for Lowercase Fell Ponies

It is commonly thought in the Fell Pony world that once Fell Ponies leave the fells, they can never return.  Often they grow too large, and they don’t have the wisdom or the hardiness to survive on the rough open … Continue reading

Posted in Fell Ponies