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!

Frank Bell Clinic

Bill returned from a week-long Frank Bell Clinic near Tuscon, Arizona. He enjoyed the ride around the mountain and the team penning, and, of course, riding several times each day! He said there was a brindle coloured cow that liked

I sent Bill to a Frank Bell clinic (Nov. 7-14) near Tucson, Arizona. Obviously he’s enjoying it! The deal is: I go next year for this clinic and Bill goes for the “advanced” clinic. Usually they’re back-to-back at the White

The Cats Stole the Show

During August we decided to raise money for Toronto Cat Rescue. Within a few days of that decision Amanda and Alex started training the barn cats to perform in the show. To everyone’s amazement the cats started learning tricks. The

Men Doing Dressage

Here are the Men Doing Dressage at the fundraiser October 17th. As our announcer Kenneth Hodges said, “You don’t see this every day… and there’s a reason for that.”                      

Hand Out

I told Bill about teaching the boys “hand”. We were both doing liberty work with Z and Z. I demonstrated with Zelador. A few minutes later her announced (pretty much like HE had thought up this technique) that Zeloso REALLY

Etienne Leroy

Etienne Leroy (a French Classical trainer) will be here at the end of November. He’ll be in Quebec and Toronto. Etienne worked with Zelador and Zeloso in 2008 and we’re looking forward to his upcoming visit. He emailed that he’d

Canis Film Festival

I’m working on a submission for the Canis Film Festival. My entry has horses learning how to touch something and progressing to touching a noise maker with the “orchestra” as the grand finale. Well, the deadline for entries is December

Pups at 6 Weeks

Here are some photos taken by Ann Clifford of the pups at six weeks and four days of age. All of them are now in their new homes. It’s very quiet around here!              

BT Breakfast Pictures


Lion Size Thanks!

Here’s the email we received from the Toronto Cat Rescue: Just wanted to send you a big Thank You from everyone at TCR!  We all had a great time on Sunday and the grand total we raised was $1319!!