Fun and Games With Winnie

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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!

Ron has spent tons of hours working with Pax, helping him learn how to load into a trailer, and now it's finally paying off.

Pax: From Prolem Loader to Self-Loader

Ron has spent tons of hours working with Pax, helping the horse learn how to load into a trailer. Ron’s been patient and carefully thought through the loading problem. Many times in the past 11 years his practice sessions with…

More Horse Mazes at Windsong Farm

Here are the miniatures, Whisper and Robin, filmed from above. You get an idea of the shape of the mazes. Here’s Pax with his first day playing with mazes.

Winnie's got a new challenge for the horses at Winsong Farm - mazes!

A New Challenge – Many Horses, Many Mazes

Winnie’s got a new challenge for the horses at Winsong Farm – mazes! In the following videos, she puts Dora, Bob Marley, Doc, Spring Song, Angel and Zelador to the test. This was the first experience with mazes for Doc, Spring…

pony sitting on bean bag chair.

Sit Pony, Sit! Bob Marley Takes a Load Off

Here’s Bob Marley displaying Walmart’s new line of equine lounge furniture.  

So itchy!

If You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Yours

It’s itchy, shedding springtime and the boys couldn’t wait to get their blankets off. Zelador and Zeloso set to grooming each other right away.

‘Hold your horses’ is one of the most well-known horse idioms.

Horse Idioms in Our Language…There’s Quite a List!

After practicing for our miniature horse/pony square dance we were brainstorming for our next fundraiser June 9 (for Matthew House Hospice in Alliston). We started thinking about the horse. Thirty years before I was born horses were an integral part…

The Zelador Diaries: March 1, 2019

We are getting ready for the June 9th fundraiser for Matthew House Hospice in Alliston. I put two cards on the wall, one read “Zelador” the other “I Love Carrots.” I asked him to touch the card with his name….

Winsong’s Equine Connection on Display

There’s a Women’s Art Show in Orillia in April. The theme is “connection.” I was encouraged to show the connection we have with our horses. Wendy took the photo of me with Dora so that’s her entry. I took the…

Dora’s First Sleigh Ride

Dora has graduated to pulling an actual sleigh. What a star she is! Here’s a video of her first sleigh ride.

Dora Learns to Pull a Sleigh

The initial question: which horse here would be happy to pull people through the snow? Then the question arised…which horse is SAFE?!!!! We talked about each horse and weighed the pros and cons. The ultimate answer? Here’s Dora, proud as…

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