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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!

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.

Zelador Pole Jumping

Winsong’s Got Talent

Well, a few days ago I “bit the bullet”, went on-line to the Canada’s Got Talent website and filled out an application for our equine orchestra. One of the first questions asked “single performer or group”. Obviously we’re a group.

Three New Tricks

In the first photo I have sneezed and asked Zelador if he can fetch a tissue for me. In the second photo he’s bringing the tissue to me. I heard about this trick from Colleen Archer who has ten years

Bucephalus’ Trick

After I feed Zephy (full name, Bucephalus) in the morning I take him into the arena and we play a little. I turn him loose. While I’m closing the arena/barn door Zephy is checking things out to see if there

A Case of Mistaken Identity!

Friday evening I returned from gardening. As I was walking in the back door, Bill was preparing to exit via the front door. He said, “I’m going to ride Zeloso.” “Have fun!” Bill returned about an hour later and said,

Pass Me a Tissue!

Had a riot with Zelador Thursday evening. After we brought the horses in at 5:00ish I took Zelador to the arena to show Bill, Brenda and Ron that he can piaffe with nothing on him (no halter, no bridle), just

Working with Marcus

Marcus (who’s first birthday is August 3rd) has accompanied Kye to the arena at least four times. The past two days he’s gone there by himself. The first day solo: all the work done was with the halter and lead