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!

Discount Code for Equine Books and DVDs

During the winter I get a little “cabin-fever” (even though I’m outdoors for seven hours!). I’ve noticed this pattern the past few years: sometime in the mentally challenging month of February I sit down in front of the computer and

Speaking in Llama

I believe I said something incredibly nasty to the dark llama (Jackson Brown) this afternoon. Ciara went with me to do the LAST farm-sitting session (feeding and mucking out). While we were in the loft of the bank barn, throwing

Adventures in Farm Sitting

I’m babysitting a farm that has three horses, two llamas and a miniature donkey. I drop the hay from the loft into the paddock below, then I go down the stairs and through the barn to the arena which acts

Perfecting the Sit

By George, I Think He’s Got It!

This morning the wind was howling around the arena, but that didn’t deter Zelador and me. I turned him loose. He trotted to the northwest corner and prepared to lay down. I joined him just as he lowered his hind

Sit, boy!

Five years ago I journeyed to Austin, Texas to watch Allen Pogue with his horses. One of the unusual things I saw was a horse sitting down. Allen showed me how he teaches a foal (under a week old) how

Winsong Farm YouTube Channel

We’ve been busy learning how to use a video-creating computer program. As of noon today we’ve successfully uploaded to our Winsong Farm YouTube channel a video with Kye playing with the big ball and a video of Pax learning how

Making the Connection

Both boys were great fun today. I started with Zelador. I set up a cavaletti on the centerline. This location is quite challenging…hard to get the boys over it. Yesterday I had a cantering Zeloso for quite some time. He

Body Parts Game: The Teeth