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!

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

What a Difference Elastic Makes

Yesterday my vet was here for one of the other horses on the farm and we got to talking about Zelador. She checked his back again for me. It’s fine. We discussed girths and she explained that elastic is what

New Addition to Winsong Farm

There’s a new addition to Winsong Farm. This Dutch Warmblood colt will be one year old August 3. He’s here to grow up, learn tricks, play at liberty and have a great childhood! Kye was designated to go on the

Zelador’s Canter Breakthrough

The past three days there’s been a breakthrough with Zelador and his canter. He is now seven years old. Since he was three his answer to the canter aid has been to charge ahead like a raging bull, zooming unbalanced.

Bye Bye Puppies

Winsong Farm Nicole Weinauge Clinic

Winsong Farm is hosting a clinic July 28-31 with Nicole Weinauge who is a certified instructor in Philippe Karl’s “School of Lightness”. My email friend in Australia has attended sessions with Philippe and with Nicole and says Nicole is excellent

Take Two

I received some additional photos of the May first fundraiser from Ellen Cameron. Pierre and Allen were our “two-man-band”. We’re so fortunate to have wonderful musicians because they can “roll with the punches” when the horses get “creative”. Brenda was

Arthur Kottas Clinic

Our session at Windreach Farms with Arthur Kottas was informative, educational and delightful. Kottas is charming. He has a sense of humour and a passion for helping horses. We hadn’t taken the boys on a trailer ride for eighteen months.

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