Category Archives: Rare Breeds

“Can He See?”

The phone rang and my mind was on business, so it took me a moment to respond to the greeting of a friend rather than a client.  Fellow horsewoman Peg Brocker of Brocker Quarter Horses began, “I have a 4-H … Continue reading

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Dynamic Tension 2

When we steward rare breeds of livestock, we are constantly aware of potentially opposing tensions.  On the one hand, we must pay attention to the market since recovering rare breeds is most successful when their economics make sense.  On the … Continue reading

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Consequences of Breeding Closely in the Fell Pony

DNA research has found that the Fell Pony’s genetic diversity is healthy relative to other breeds.  Nonetheless I think we have to be careful when breeding closely-related ponies to each other.  I know there are benefits of linebreeding and similar … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale for Fell Pony Stewards from the Thoroughbred

What do you think when you hear that the Thoroughbred has a narrow gene pool?  Perhaps you are as skeptical as I was.  I was skeptical because of my two decades’ involvement with rare breeds of livestock where we think … Continue reading

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Perspicacious is One Approach

It’s not very often, in the publications that I read, that I stumble when I read a word.  But I admit that I stumbled when I came upon ‘perspicacious.’  It was in a sentence about the history of the Thoroughbred.  … Continue reading

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The Galloway as a Hobby Horse

The relationship between the Fell Pony and the Scottish Galloway has never been clear to me.  I have read that they are one and the same, with Fells often called ‘galloways’ by older breeders.  I have also heard that they … Continue reading

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Sound Familiar?

I heard a wonderful story on Wyoming Public Radio the other day about Colonial Spanish Mustangs.  And boy did a lot of it sound familiar!  There were the common characteristics of these sorts of equines:  sure-footed, hardy, small (by equine … Continue reading

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