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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!

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

The Filming of the Spanish Walk

Saturday we got organized to film the Spanish Walk. We have a new camera that is GREAT in dark conditions and our arena can be DARK. Our plan was to film each horse doing the Spanish Walk in-hand, at liberty

Attempting the Spanish Walk

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

Snow Day Fun

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

Latest Piano Prototype

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

Fun and Games with Clicker Training

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

A Silver Lining to a Bitter Day

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

Braving the Cold

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,

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