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!

Training Camp

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

Pictures of Pretty Face


Wait for it….

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

Horse Piano Saga

The saga surrounding the horse piano continues into 2011. Robb Roberts took my third floor piano, folded the ends under and created three wooden keys which are attached at the front edge of the piano with hinges. He also placed

Collage of the New Games


New channel, same videos

The person creating the youtube channel for the Equine Orchestra created a new channel and removed the old one. He has about four or five more videos to add. This will be done in the next month. Hope you enjoy

New Dance Routine?

This morning the arena thermostat read minus 11 and the wind chill to get there and back was -25 to -30. Brrr! I worked with Zelador at liberty, then Zeloso. With Zelador we’re developing a new game where I toss

The makings of an orchestra

Holiday greetings! Here’s a project we’ve been working on with the horses. As you’ll see in the youtube video some filming took place when it was WARM outside!    

Basketball Hoop

Much to my AMAZEMENT when Bill got home from work, he threw himself into creating a basketball hoop for the horses. We took it to the lower barn at night feed and tested it with the horses there. Everyone but