Category Archives: Natural Health

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

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Honey’s Strange Symptoms

Because it happens so rarely, when one of my ponies isn’t well, it’s reason for distress on my part.  One day I noticed Honey, my three year old Fell Pony filly, wasn’t cleaning up her hay.  She eagerly took treats … Continue reading

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Alpine Pony Tracks

For many years after I moved to the high mountains of Colorado, my pony herd included numerous youngsters.  During the winter they would lead the rest of the herd on romps around their paddocks, giving everyone some exercise.  More recently, … Continue reading

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The Memories Came Flooding Back

The memories came flooding back.  The worry about a life on the line, the anxiety about whether the vet’s approach would work, the frustration that all had not gone as it usually did, the appreciation for the vet’s consultation, the … Continue reading

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Feeling Thankful About Colic

Two articles in the January 2015 issue of Equus magazine have me feeling thankful about colic.  The first article summarized research about broodmares who had ‘twisted guts.’  The prognosis for survival decreased dramatically the longer before treatment began.  “Mares who … Continue reading

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Feeding Ponies – Some Science Finally

When I took my first equine science class, as recently as 2004, a professor, in answer to a question, said that no research existed on feeding ponies.  Pony enthusiasts, of course, know that feeding ponies is indeed different than feeding … Continue reading

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When Is Soy Acceptable in Feed?

A client called to ask what she should feed her new pony.  She then admitted that a respected equine friend didn’t like the feed I use because it contains soy.  I applauded my client for asking and her friend for … Continue reading

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Pony Foals and Senior Feed

Equine senior feed is highly palatable.  That characteristic can make it attractive when there is a non-senior equine in need of dietary supplementation.  Some even consider it when there is a foal that needs supplementing.  I inadvertently conducted an experiment … Continue reading

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Is It Horsemanship or Is It Minerals?

I take for granted, now, that my ponies come to me when they see me.  It wasn’t that way at the beginning of my pony career.  In my studies of natural horsemanship, the “Catch Me” game was an all-too-familiar one, … Continue reading

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The Scent of Coffee

I returned home from being gone for several hours, and I headed toward Lunesdale Silver Belle’s paddock to throw her some hay.  She met me at the fence as usual, and I blew into the nostrils she offered me in … Continue reading

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