Fun and Games With Winnie

Photo of Alex

"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!

More Fun with Noel

Noel came to the house for her second visit recently. This time we added the bean bag for her to sit on, some nifty shoes and slippers to model AND a child’s soft chair which she almost fit into.

Noel arriving at Winnie and Bill's house.

Noel’s Indoor Piano Recital

Wendy and I had a wonderful session with the miniature horse, Noel. This was Noel’s second look at the horse piano. Bill and I played with her Sunday. Noel figured out on Sunday how to make the note farthest to read more

Tracking Horses in the Snow

Well, yesterday the temperature was ONLY -10 around noon so I headed to the barn to give more hay outdoors and fetch Zelador for a ride (first one in a long time). I walked through the small black gate and read more

Of Einstein And Horses

I was tidying up a box of papers and came across these three quotations from Albert Einstein: The first quotation: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The second quotation: “I never teach my read more

Mini Sitting

Here is a video of Noel, the miniature horse sitting on a bean bag!

Noel, modelling her Build a Bear shoe collection.

Noel’s New Shoes

November 24 Here’s Noel with her “Build a Bear” shoes on. We had our first practice for a House Party at Winsong Farm this winter. If all goes well she just might find herself at a house concert, entertaining during read more

Horses Sitting at Winsong Farm, Who Would Have Thought?

Sitting. Who would have thought we’d have six horses sitting at Winsong Farm! Not me! Eleven years ago I went to Austin, Texas for a weekend one-on-one session with Allen Pogue. He showed me horses sitting on bean bags, horses read more

Ride Forever

Today with our riding lesson with Alex we worked on our garrocha pole routine which we debuted last Sunday at the fundraiser for The Horse Sanctuary. Alex came up with some refinements which helped us. One sticky spot occurred when read more

Watch Performances from the Fall Fundraiser

Sunday October 15th we held a fundraiser for The Horse Sanctuary, raising over $900. The event was initially scheduled in September. However, five days before the fundraiser the weather forecast included a humidex of 40. We postponed the show untilOctober. read more

Where’s Blue?

This morning I fed the five horses in the upper barn. The northern door remained closed to keep out a cool breeze. This is the door that I use to take Hombre and Blue to either of the two paddocks read more

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