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!

Practice Time

Bill and I put the long weekend to good use, practicing for the fundraiser May first. We’re doing three things unde rsaddle with Zelador and Zeloso: popping a balloon, an umbrella routine and throwing hula-hoops. Saturday we were discussing the

A Successful Afternoon

I added two more colours to the curtain, put the balloon popper in the metal stand with the “curtain/alias garrocha” pole, blew up a pink and a yellow balloon, put the mailbox on the tall pedestal (with support for the

Fun, Games and Experiments

After a week of preparation, today I’ll ride each boy and pop a balloon with the lovely balloon popper Ron Marino created. The balloons will be attached to the kickboards, about four feet off the ground. I’ll pop a balloon

Playing with Bubbles

Body Parts Game

Balloon Popping!

I finally remembered to introduce the horses to balloons. I bought three bags almost two weeks ago. I opened the pink bag, took out a balloon and tried to blow it up. Sophie advised that I blow it up just

Passing Umbrellas

Anne and Pete’s Rescue Dogs Fundraiser

A fundraiser will be held at Winsong Farm on May 1st . Click here for more information.

Practicing Vaulting

This evening I asked Ron if he was able to stand on Pax’s back. He quickly asked, “While moving?” I laughed and said, “Guess that answers my question!” I was thinking that standing on a horse walking would be a

Trying Something New

Yesterday I introduced several of the horses (Bucephalus, Zelador and Zeloso) to bunting (I think that’s what it’s called). It’s a very long line (almost 35 metres) with different coloured plastic triangles hanging from it. To start with I brought