"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!
On day three of the Allen Pogue Clinic Ann Clifford rode Socs for the first time. Allen mentioned on day one that giving the horse a job to do while riding is very helpful (to the horse and the rider!).
Here are two photos of Allen Pogue working with Bucephalus. You’ll notice the round pen which is about two and a half feet high. It has an addition placed on top of it that raises the enclosure to over four
Day Four with Hops I found her in the paddock with Sneakers. This time I was alone, no Ciara to hold Sneakers while I played with Hops. Sneakers stayed close and actually followed Hops after the pony retrieved the carrots
After Day Two (large pasture, lush grass and hay available) I figured Ciara would have an even more challenging site for Hops and me. I was wondering if she’d plop us into the pond…but, no, we were back in the
Today (day two with Hops) I packed the blue bucket with the three indestructible cones and added two new items: the canvass bag with cans in it and the ridged ball. Sunday is Ciara’s day off so I figured
It seems that everyone I talk to this April has a story about someone coming off a horse (or out of a carriage) and breaking a hip. A neighbor is among the fallen. I visited her at Sunnybrook hospital last
Allen Pogue (www.imagineahorse.com<http://www.imagineahorse.com/>) will be at Winsong Farm from April 18 (Sunday) till Wednesday the 21st. Sunday afternoon he arrives from Texas and has an hour or two to meet the horses. They include: Lusitanos, an Appaloosa, an Andalusian, Thoroughbreds,
Saturday we worked the three horses together for the first time. Ron with Kye, Bill with Zeloso and me with Zelador. We accidently did the right thing. Each of us worked each horse on different things (I had Zelador free,
Looking back on all the anticipation I had for the teeter-totter… what a bust! The horses weren’t significantly challenged by it. With each horse I was the first one on the teeter-totter. I walked