"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!
This morning I took Kye to the arena. I decided I’d take him to the farthest instrument and work our way back. I was about two metres from the arena wall where the instruments are located. Kye followed me, but
Zelador was born March 16 2004. He’s a Lusitano. This breed comes from Portugal and the Portuguese assign a letter of the alphabet to each year for naming foals. The Portuguese alphabet does not have the letters W and Y.
A friend asked me to describe what Zeloso and Zelador have learned. Here’s what I came up with. Zeloso was born June 30, 2004. He’s a Lusitano. His sire and Zelador’s sire is Orgulhoso. Orgulhoso’s sire was the top bull-fighting
Our female vizsla, Bobbe, is expecting her first litter within the week. Three days ago I started taking Bobbe’s temperature. When it drops two or three degrees Fahrenheit the puppies will arrive within twelve hours. The first day I couldn’t
On Sunday four of us got together to practice some square dance moves. Bill and I were on the boys. Allen rode Kye and Sophie rode her horse, Blue. We started with Bill and me at “A” with our backs
Several years ago there was a television show titled, “Men in Trees”. When I noticed the listing I was intrigued and watched the show. I enjoyed it. Little did I realize that it was a harbinger. Last Tuesday Bill and
Last winter I thought about creating an act that has a pas de deux with me riding one of the Zs and the other one at liberty. Two weeks ago Bill and I actually tried it, hoping we could whip
We’ve started practicing for the October 17th Fund-Raiser . I met last week with our square dance caller. He had a CD of his band playing music. Can’t wait for the horses to hear it! Yesterday four of the six
We’re hosting a fund-raiser for the Toronto Cat Rescue in October. Yesterday as I was turning out Brown Sugar I was discussing some of the proposed acts with Lindsey. Brown Sugar was quite interested in the conversation. We continued talking
I realize that all horses are the “same” and they’re all “different”. Brown Sugar is quite interesting. The first time I showed him the big ball he made some delightful snorting noises as he stood still. A few minutes later