Action

Note: the terms "action" and "movement" are intended to describe how a Fell pony moves in all its gaits.

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Movement

brown Fell ponies

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Walk in-hand: 2 brown Hardendale mares at Dufton Show. 1993. Video © Sue Millard

black filly trotting

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The yearling Lunesdale Rebecca celebrates freedom with a true Fell trot! Video © Lunesdale Stud.

black stallion trotting

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Trot in-hand: Lunesdale Henry being trotted out by Geoff Hunter at Roundthwaite. Video © Lunesdale Stud.

grey stallion ridden

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Trot under saddle: the grey Lunesdale Mountain Mist at home, ridden by Julie Robinson. Video © Lunesdale Stud.

black stallion galloping

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Gallop under saddle: Lunesdale Black Grouse gives an exhibition for Bert Morland, ridden by Lizzie Briant at her home in Richmond, UK. Video © Lunesdale Stud.

Driving ponies

It's worth comparing the very different ways of going of these three ponies: Mr T (foaled 1987), Claudius (foaled 1979) and Moonstroller (foaled 1969). Each has his own way of doing the work. Although he will do other jobs as well, each is best known for driving. Mr T never beat Claudius in the show ring but did [sometimes] beat Stroller. Claudius and Stroller met there very frequently - with alternating results.

black pony being driven

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Trot in harness: Tebay Tommy (Mr T) on his first outing at Dalemain. A wet day for competitive cone driving. 1993. Video © Sue Millard

black pony trotting in harness

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Trot in harness: Tebay Tommy (Mr T) at the end of the same season, cone driving with confidence. 1993. Video © Sue Millard

black pony in show vehicle

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Trot in harness: 2 different clips of Eden View Moonstroller at Dufton show, the "Fellside Royal". Stroller, then aged 24, was determined to win the cone driving. He always did think he was a thoroughbred. 1993. Video © Sue Millard

black pony trotting with show vehicle

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Trot in harness: Dene Claudius sparkles in the sunshine at Dufton Show. 1993. Video © Sue Millard

black pony trotting

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Trotting in the rain - at the Stallion Show at Dalemain. May 2003. Video © Sue Millard

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Novice mare at her first driving show. Coppyhill Suzanne (Ruby) at Tebay, July 2005. "Trot well balanced all round, with good knee and hock action." They don't need to move higher than this, but they must go both at "back and front". Video © Nick Freke / Sue Millard

The Herd at Home

bay mare and foal

May and June are a busy time for the herd. The mares need to come home (in-bye) to foal, to have their foals handled, and to be served again. Left: Lunesdale Rosebud and Honey.

ponies coming in off the fell

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Gathering the fell - a view of an early summer event that is well worth waiting for. The Lunesdale herd comes down off Jeffrey's Mount onto Moor End and finally home over the bridge at Roundthwaite. Video © Lunesdale Stud.

teaching a foal to lead

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Geoff Hunter goes forward; Lunesdale Rosebud goes forward; Bracken Boy's foal slip is tied to her and he has no choice but to follow his Mum. Bert Morland is at hand to help out in case Bracken Boy gets in a tangle. Video © Lunesdale Stud.