Winnie's Blog

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"What were we thinking?!!!!" That’s the question my husband, Bill, and I asked ourselves when we brought home Zelador and Zeloso, two weanling Lusitano colts, at the end of December in 2004. Our combined ages exceed 112 years and our other two horses were eight-years-old and seven when we bought them. We had never worked with youngsters, didn’t know how to work with youngsters and there we were...

To say that we are having the time of our lives would be an understatement. The two Z's led us to liberty training, Working Equitation, tricks (including the bow, the smile, mounting pedestals, pushing large balls) and with any luck, carriage driving. They will begin their jumping education this month and for the past two years have explored classical horsemanship (work in-hand, long reining and work under saddle).

Their adventures and misadventures are chronicled in this blog. I hope you enjoy watching how quickly these two are training us!

Heading to the Arthur Kottas Clinic

An adventure is in the making. Thursday we ship the boys to the Arthur Kottas Clinic for a lesson on working in-hand and long reining. The clinic coordinator, Barbara, assures me that Kottas does what the horse needs. In one

More Liberty Work

Here you see Zelador and Zeloso at liberty. Just recently they decided to politely travel nose to tail. Things go really well when Zelador is leading! Zelador is very good at landing one ribbon on his face as he goes

Fundraiser Review

Here’s a review of our fundraiser for Ann and Pete’s Foster Home and Rescue Dogs in Pottageville, Ontario. The reviewer is Alex who gave a presentation to his elementary school class during ‘show and tell’. His mother, Mari, emailed it

A Successful Fundraiser

Over 90 people attended the fundraiser May first for Ann and Pete’s Foster Home and Rescue Dogs. We raised over $1000 (the final count could be over $1100). We started these events when Zelador and Zeloso were three years old.

Last Minute Preparations

Christi McQuaker came to ride with me this afternoon and the boys were very good. We popped balloons from their backs, practiced the umbrella routine and did parts of the hula-hoop tossing. Christi and I practiced with the hoops last

Fun New Bubble Wands

It’s amazing what a week of non-stop rain can do to your schedule. There are so many outdoor jobs that are on hold, giving me time to run around and get things organized for the fundraiser. Yesterday I tracked down

Practice Time

Bill and I put the long weekend to good use, practicing for the fundraiser May first. We’re doing three things unde rsaddle with Zelador and Zeloso: popping a balloon, an umbrella routine and throwing hula-hoops. Saturday we were discussing the

A Successful Afternoon

I added two more colours to the curtain, put the balloon popper in the metal stand with the “curtain/alias garrocha” pole, blew up a pink and a yellow balloon, put the mailbox on the tall pedestal (with support for the

Fun, Games and Experiments

After a week of preparation, today I’ll ride each boy and pop a balloon with the lovely balloon popper Ron Marino created. The balloons will be attached to the kickboards, about four feet off the ground. I’ll pop a balloon

Playing with Bubbles