"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!
Christi and I just finished playing with Zelador and Zeloso. I mentioned to her that I haven’t seen any DVDs with two horses at liberty doing the Spanish Walk. So, we tried to figure out a way to teach this
The salute is coming along nicely. Zelador has created a salute with the elevated front leg bent at the knee. He looks like a statue. Zeloso hovers his front leg extended. He hasn’t quite figured out that I’d like the
The second stall on the right in the lower barn has bags of shavings against the far wall. I decided to set up the piano in there. That way I could close the stall door if necessary. Practicing the piano
Monday night Bill and I watched the TV program “House”. There was a very brief segment where House was teaching a preschooler how to play with some toys. He used clicker training and was surprised that it worked. Tuesday dawned
Well, who would have thought that such a cold day (hovering around -28) could be so GREAT!!? I decided to work each horse this morning. A very frisky Bucephalus was such a sweetie. Even with the crisp air, he was
I don’t remember when I’ve seen our outdoor thermometer registering this close to minus thirty! Yesterday it was a balmy minus twenty-five and the only horse I played with was Bucephalus. I figured it had to warm up…WRONG! Today, somehow,
We had a mini-training camp this week. Klara came three days and we worked with six horses at liberty. We had great fun with Pax. I haven’t worked with this six-year-old Canadian for many months. Ron, his owner, has been
Zelador was hilarious Saturday. Every day I practice Pretty Face (Zelador holds his head “on the bit”). He “poses” in that position. I usually start the day by asking for a few Pretty Faces when I’m grooming him in the
Happy New Year!!!! The horses are doing great! I love Alexandra Kurland’s book about clicker training and riding. The horses love clicker training. The click tells them when they do something GREAT and they also get a treat. What happens