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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!

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

Bowing Bucephalus

Let’s Play Ball

I love this video of Kye pushing the big ball. I believe he’s the first horse on our farm that has played with two of them.  

Next Fundraiser is for Ann and Pete’s Dog Rescue

Our next fund-raiser is May 1, 2011 for Ann and Pete’s Dog Rescue in Pottageville. Our current challenge is to create the program. “Men Doing Dressage” has been a hit for the past two years. Here’s a video taken last

Spanish Walk Videos

Here’s Zelador and me showing the Spanish Walk with the halter and lead line, then at liberty and finally under saddle. Here’s Bill working with Zeloso and his Spanish Walk.  Here’s Pax (the Canadian) with his owner Ron developing the

Watch Zelador in Action

We took this footage last weekend. Today, Ciara worked with Zelador in-hand and developed the piaffe. Of course we did NOT have a camera!

Perfecting the Sit

Fetching for an Audience

Last week I set three objects (a hat with zebra stripes on it, the ridged ball and a small pillow) about six feet apart from each other. Zelador was standing on a pedestal. I asked him to fetch the hat.

It Takes All Sorts

Zelador was amazing today. I did the usual fetch routine on the north wall, then moved the jump to the south wall. I prepared to start from the beginning again, but he sailed over the jump and returned over the