Fin and Games With Winnie

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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!

More Practice Painting

We’ve been working on having Zelador fetch an article and give it to a specific individual. Initially I walk towards the person and later I stay where I am and he figures out whom to carry it to. For example:…

Painting Pictures

Hula Horse

A year or so ago I was thinking that it might be interesting to take a hula hoop and move it from around the horse’s front legs, over its body and rest it on the floor around its back legs. I…

Painting by Horses

A friend who’s already taught her horse to paint said the brush she uses is three inches wide with a three inch long wooden handle. She also wrote that she uses a stencil with the first initial of her horse’s…

Wiser Than We Know

Yesterday Zelador demonstrated (once again) that he understands a lot more than we think he does. He was on the rotating top pedestal with both front feet nicely balanced in the centre. Someone in the small audience (four people sitting…

Zelador Trains the Trainer

A First for the Boys

A New Trick

I had an idea. Why not ask Zelador to take something to another person? I know he can figure out their names. So, we tried this Monday. Ann Clifford was here and so was Amy Harris who manages the blogs…

Who is Beautiful Jim Key?

I received the following email from a lady who attended our clinic with Nicole Weinauge. Hi Winnie, I have just finished reading a book about someone who was able to teach a horse many things.  Beautiful Jim Key.  Here is…

Arabian Mare Rescue Mission

Thursday, August 4th, there was an auction of 22 Arabians on a farm south of Schomberg. A friend of mine, Sandra, toured the farm where the 22 Arabians were on Tuesday with her vet. Whenever she glanced at a horse…

Sandra's new addition with her 20+ year old mare Sophia.

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