Category Archives: Rare Breeds

Envying Generational Equestrian Wisdom

Is there something you are able to do that your mother or father or grandmother or grandfather taught you that is easy for you but hard for other people?  The first thing that comes to mind for me is pie … Continue reading

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Why So Few Fell-Crosses?

My first pony was a Shetland-Welsh cross.  From where I sit, the most common cross to a British Native breed is to a Welsh, with a distant second going to the Connemara and then distant again going to the New … Continue reading

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Questions and Answers

When stewarding a British native pony breed in America, especially a relatively rare one, questions inevitably arise (or at least they should!).  And when you’re like me and have never had a British native before, the questions are numerous.  Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Traditional Morgan Horses Added to Conservation Priority List

I have always felt that Fell Ponies chose me rather than me choosing them, and the most recent newsletter of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) reminded me of this.  On the front page was an announcement that the traditional … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Beholder

The other night we had unexpected visitors. They were unexpected because we’d never met them before and didn’t know they were coming, and they were unexpected because where we live is so far off the beaten track that people have … Continue reading

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Test Successful But Not Necessarily for the Breed

A news item about the status of the FIS carrier test caused a flurry of communication last week. When I first read the news article, it didn’t sit well, but it wasn’t until I read Carole Morland’s post on Facebook … Continue reading

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Footing Sense 3

Last night when I walked the driveway for last feeding, it was just as the moon was coming up, and I thought to myself “I’m never going to be able to ride Shelley in the morning; it’s just too icy.” … Continue reading

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