Category Archives: Work Ponies

News and Notes about working ponies in harness, under saddle, or for packing.

What They Offer

It’s happened dozens of times now, but I still find it amazing, especially since the mare’s pregnancy keeps advancing.  I keep expecting her to quit offering as her foal grows in size, but she hasn’t yet.  She still seems to … Continue reading

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Willowtrail Pony Express 2

It was a beautiful winter day in the middle of the week, and I had some pieces of mail that needed to go out.  Being the middle of the week, there was likely to be less traffic on the county … 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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Pack Horse Bridges 2

Because of my interest in the working heritage of ponies in general and of Fell Ponies in particular, the packhorse bridges of Cumbria fascinate me.  Pack horses were the principal transport for trade goods in Cumbria beginning in the 1400s … Continue reading

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Driving Pony Bitting Advice

Carriage driving expert Muffy Seaton did a terrific series on “Bitting the Driving Horse” in Driving Digest magazine.  (1)  I highly recommend these articles to anyone curious about this topic.  Muffy often drives ponies, breeds driving ponies, and is considered … Continue reading

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A Miracle Pony

Mya the Wonder Pony is featured in my latest book The Partnered Pony.  Her ‘surname’ derives not because she is a registered purebred.  She isn’t.  I have no idea where she was born or who her parents were.  She got … Continue reading

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A New Chore Pony in the Making

I have been spoiled for years by having a chore pony that always is ready to work, no matter the job, no matter the weather, no matter the time of day.  I knew it was going to be tough to … Continue reading

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