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Shifting Seven

We arrived at pasture early in the morning, and happily all the ponies were close by for the chore at hand.  We needed to shift seven ponies – five mares and two foals – across the Michigan River to fresh grass.  764 more words

Fell Ponies

The Question Challenge

In my pre-Parelli days, I unfortunately never gave much (if any at all) thought to how my horse felt about what they were doing. I had specific goals in mind and selfishly went after them with everything I had. 346 more words


The not so great side of barefoot ...

Sometimes you have to deal with some awful looking feet in order to get to barefoot heaven …

Poor Cheval has very thin hoof walls, low soles and is sore on hard ground. 122 more words

Natural Horsemanship

What can the horse give you NOW?

As a trainer I’ve had my share of wake-up calls. By that I mean either the delightful “ah-ha” moments when an idea or concept suddenly makes sense, or the other type of events based on experience, so called “learn burns” or near misses that changed my views. 460 more words

Clicker Training Horses

Think like a pony

I remember nothing of learning the very basics of how to ride a pony – this is what happens when you’ve reached the stage of jumping courses of miniature fences before the age of eight, and have gone on to do many other things with your life since – but I know that to process would have been sensibly linear.  1,015 more words

Riding Around...


One of my best friends and colleagues at camp is on a mission to increase my confidence.  She points out to me that I’m my own worst enemy a lot of the time, and that my self-belief can be pretty low.  761 more words

Riding Around...

Princess and the Pony Shuffle

Willowtrail Storm Princess is just 2 ½ months old, yet she’s the one who’s taught me the most during this year’s pony shuffle.  I knew she was quiet and smart, but now I also know she’s wise.  616 more words

Fell Ponies