Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Trails

I will always love riding horses more than driving them, but getting in a cart is its own sort of happy. What I love about having a cart horse is I can share horses with so many people. Few people can come to my farm with their own trailer and horse and join me for a mountainside ride through woods and field, but anyone can sit in a horse cart. When I can get ahold of a 2-person cart or cutter I'll be so thrilled to take folks out for a ride when they visit.

Fells and other British Mountain ponies are the horses for me. I hope to own many in this beautiful life. Merlin and I are a team for now, but in the next five years I'd like to add a second, younger pony. A Fell would be ideal but a Dales, Connemara, Galloway, Highland, or any thicker sort of draft pony could melt my heart. Though, to be 100% honest, I think I will always want a long-maned Crow Black Fell pony in my pasture. When something feels right, you stick with it.


Blogger Lorie Hyten said...

Would you adopt me? Seriously....every time I read your blog my mind lights up with images and you appear to be such a sweet, tough, smart, humane courageous sort. Sigh. I will watch the fire place video from YouTube and read myself to sleep. Keep it up....I would so miss it if you EVER stopped posting!!!
Lorie in Kansas

December 16, 2012 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

My daughter had a registered Shetland, (he was 1/2 Hackney) so cute and stylish. She loved riding him, and I loved driving him. I would recommend a smaller guy for you to consider. They eat less. I wish you lived near me. I would give you the harness and cart.

December 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger ThiftedBliss said...

Love this picture!

December 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had a registered Welsh pony who pulled a little 2 person cart. So much fun to go for rides with others. I miss it! Love your stories of your cart rides.

December 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A great picture! You riding behind Merlin with a big smile is just so cute. (Please don't scold, I'm being sincere) Seeing the two of you thus makes me wish forward to being able to do the same one day. I had never given serious consideration to draft animals until you started with them, but now I am thinking that it will have to be something that I pursue.

December 17, 2012 at 12:38 AM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

Jenna I wonder if I am reading the right message into your most recent post,if so enormous hugs dear lady x x x x x x enormous hugs x x x x x x

December 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

I love the sturdy ponies.Here in NL we have the Newfoundland pony. Once quite numerous, their numbers went into decline after atv's and ski doos became widely available here. I remember roaming herds of them in the summer bc they would be set loose to fend for themselves until needed for winter work. Here's a link in case you would like to see them.

December 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger kimberlesk said...

Jenna -- regarding your latest post. If it means what I think, HUGS to you! What a sweet boy - and a lucky one to have such a devoted companion thru his life. I'm sorry, it's the worst part of having animals in our lives, but they give us so much unconditional love, we have to be strong for them when it's time. Again, so sorry.

December 17, 2012 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger kimberlesk said...

Jenna, regarding your latest post, if it means what I think, HUGS to you! Such a sweet boy -- and a lucky one to have had such a devoted companion throughout his life. Take care

December 17, 2012 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Agreeing with Greentwinsmummy. Enormous hugs.

December 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Katou said...


I read your last post with tears in my eyes. Such sadness in your few words...

Many hugs and we are all there to support you.

Courage, dear girl!

December 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Nova Scotia, we have the Sable Island Pony, descended from animals swum ashore from wrecks on this long narrow shifting island of sand about 100 miles off the coast. The ponies and the marram grass off which they feed have a symbiotic relationship and the grass ties the dunes and prevents them from extreme shifting. The ponies were used in the nineteenth and early twentieth century to pull vehicles and carry employees who looked after the lighthouses and communications station. Many were brought to the mainland and ended their days as pit ponies in Cape Breton's coal mines. They are now protected and left in peace.
My thoughts are with you Jenna, as you seem to be referring to having lost Jazz. Janet

December 17, 2012 at 9:49 PM  

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