- A correlation has been identified between a particular strand of genetic material and certain traits, specifically curiosity and vigilance.
If curiosity and vigilance are indeed genetically based and at opposite ends of a spectrum, I can definitely say that both are present in the Fell Pony.
Two different interpretations of curiosity and vigilance that I’ve found demonstrate that there is much more to be learned about what a genetic basis for temperament means and how it is used.
To read my complete article about "The Curiosity Gene" in Fell Pony News from Willowtrail Farm, click here.
More stories like this one can be found in my book Fell Ponies: Observations in the Breed, the Breed Standard, and Breeding, available internationally by clicking here or on the book cover.