Volume 1 Issue 4 - 1999 


Special Features

The Wild Island Ponies

The beautiful island of Assateague off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland is home and heartland to the hundreds of wild ponies who dwell there, and it has been that way for almost 400 years. You may know of these ponies as the Chincoteague Ponies. Chincoteague is one of the larger of the many islands between the Virginia portion of Assateague and the Virginia mainland where the ponies are rounded up and auctioned off each year in July.


Humane Training

Develop Lightness on the Ground that will Carry Over to your Mounted Work

by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond

Part two of a two-part article adapted from "True Horsemanship Through Feel"

"No matter what job you have for your horse, or how fast it must be done, the most enjoyable way to go about things is to make best use of those useful qualities that he was born with." - Bill Dorrance

It seems that the source of lightness in the horse is life itself. The way he uses his strength and collects himself for those lightning quick moves, and the way he maintains an attractive, gymnastic self-carriage - this, too, seems to come from the same place. It comes from his life. It is the energy, the instinct and the ideas inside of him. If your horse is not well prepared to understand what you expect of him on the ground these inborn qualities may not be available to you when you ride. The easiest way to preserve the horse's lightness - which is his natural way of being - is not to take it out of him in the first place.



Massage Offers Relief for Stiff Muscles and Joints

Whether you are on or off your horse, you can usually tell when he's not as limber as usual. Stiff muscles and joints from overexertion or lack of exercise may have slowed him down. He may come walking in from the pasture more slowly, letting his pasture mates pass him like the wind. You may notice him stretching his limbs more often, or he may even show a slight limp. Had he just been lying down, this might be expected temporarily, but if he hadn't, and if your veterinarian advises, you might want to try some massage therapy.


Chincoteague Pony Drill Team members Kerra Allen and Misty's May Day Twister

Photo courtesy of Kendy Allen



The beautiful wild ponies of Assateague Island, Virginia. Better known as the Chincoteague Ponies, these flashy fellows lead the herd into the town of Chincoteague for the annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival, Pony Round Up and Swim, and Pony Auction. They swam the channel from island to island just hours before.

Photo courtesy of Kendy Allen


Herbs for Health, Herbs, the buzzword on biters! by Lynn Carrick

Barn Buddies

Treating Cancer May Be A Mouthful Away - By Shawn Messonnier, DVM

Pony Express


From the Editor

Scientific Proof

Feed Facts and Fancies

Fresh Greens - Chlorophyll

Case Histories

There Once Was A Pup

Creative Corral

From our Kids

Straight From the Horse's Mouth

The Grass is Always Greener

Do It Yourself!

Sheath Cleaning- All washed up?

For the Rider

The Chincoteague Pony Drill Team: The World's Only!


Puzzles and Games

Book Bits

The Assateague Ponies, by Richard Keiper Article By Lynn Carrick

Special Features

Magnetic Attraction

Stable Environment

Algae Ponds - Not Just Food for Thought!


Thunder and Lightning: Thrilling but Frightening!

From the Editor

Kids and Ponies

Kidz Korner

Games on Horseback: An Interview with Jessie Pillard