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!

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…

Bill Gets Outmaneuvered By the Girls

This evening Bill and I were bringing in the horses. Today I let the three girls use both paddocks all day long. Up till now I’ve been the person to bring them into the barn. Today I was leading Pax…

Dora Jumps!

Dora had fun jumping!

Pax greets a wacky new visitor.

A Giant Lobster Walks Into a Horse Paddock…

Winsong had an interesting visitor the other day – a giant, neon lobster! He stopped by to greet the gang and make some new friends. Dora, seen below, was particularly interested in him. She even thought she’d like to take…

Fetching Carrots

We’ve been playing a new game with the horses – fetching a carrot on a rope. As the story goes…at Guelph’s Large Animal Clinic Zelador was to stand in the stocks for a procedure. He left the stocks four times,…

Scenes from Halloween

We had some Halloween fun during our Fall Fundraiser, in support of the North Toronto Cat Rescue. Here’s a video of Dora and two minis spelling out Halloween: Pax and  the Headless Horseman:

Scenes from the Fall Fundraiser

The Fall Fundraiser October 21st on behalf of the North Toronto Cat Rescue was full of fun and excitement. Here are some scenes from the show. Titus Team Vaulting demonstration: Zelador: The carousel: Dora in the costume parade: Angel and…

Plus, a trip to the seasonal department at Walmart gave us a jump-start on costumes.

Sneak Peek of Windsong’s Fall Fundraiser

We’ve been practicing for our fundraiser for the North Toronto Cat Rescue. Some of our presentations are brand new. Let me know if you can join us at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 21, at winsong.farm@routcom.com.      

A New and Improved Zelador

Earlier this year, Dr. Trout and his surgical team at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph operated on Zelador’s melanomas. We’ve noticed big changes in him. He is a much improved and happier horse.

A New Game with the Ball

We’ve been teaching Spring Song, Dora and Angel how to stay on a line, moving from marker to marker, then passing the big ball. Here’s Angel! Here’s a video of Angel, Spring Song and Dora going to a marker, then…

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