Category Archives: Natural Horsemanship

Experiences with engaging my ponies in ways that make sense to them

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)

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)

Comedy Routine – Pony Style

I laughed more heartily than usual when I recounted this chain of events to my husband.  It began one evening at last feeding when I found Lucky Joe outside his electric fence paddock happily munching green grass.  Actually the first … Continue reading

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

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

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

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