I had tacked up my Fell Pony to go on a trail ride. As I usually did, I threw open the paddock gate without having a hand on the reins. What my pony did next speaks volumes about Fell Ponies and this one in particular.
Green grass was there to be had just out that gate, so my pony certainly had enticements to move off. It would have been in keeping with the pony character for her to pursue food. On the other hand, I do train my ponies to stand to wait to be mounted, so she should have remained where she was. My mare didn’t do that either, so I suppose you could say she misbehaved. The choice she made, though, I found humbling. She chose to move parallel to the fence. She knew I needed to climb the fence to mount her. This pony chose to facilitate our trail ride instead of eat green grass or stand still as she’d been taught. Sometimes it’s the little things about these ponies that make them so special.
© Jenifer Morrissey, 2018