Category Archives: Natural Horsemanship

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

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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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

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Two Firsts

I had been riding the woods loop regularly with my Fell Pony mare Willowtrail Wild Rose, but we still managed two first experiences on one ride.  The woods loop is a half mile trail ride beginning and ending at the … Continue reading

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My Timing Could Have Been Better

I arrived at pasture aware that there was a large black cloud to the southwest.  I hoped it would travel away from me, following the usual storm track, so I could complete the task at hand:  bringing Bowthorne Matty and … Continue reading

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The Temptation of a Three-Year-Old

More than once I have seen three-year-old Fell Ponies for sale that have been ‘lightly started.’  Usually the advertisement includes a picture of the pony being ridden at a canter.  While I don’t think cantering a three year old under … Continue reading

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The Compromise of Equine Transport Vehicles

It was one of those slap-the-forehead moments.  Why hadn’t I thought of that before?!  An email crossed my desk suggesting that most equine transport vehicles are designed for the convenience of us humans rather than the comfort of the equines … Continue reading

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Foal (and Older) Foot Handling

A session with my foal Willowtrail Mountain Emma left me pondering the vastly different perspectives people and ponies have about foot handling.  For us humans, the goal is clear: the pony should pick its foot up when asked, hold it … Continue reading

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