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!

Snow White and Her Dwarfs

Here are a couple of videos the gang at Winsong Farm have been working on to get them through the last dregs of winter, with Dora the pony as Snow White. Snow White with Little Dwarfs Snow White with Large…

Spring Fundraiser Heads Up

It looks like Sunday May 7th will be the date for our spring performances at Winsong Farm. We’re raising money to put in new footing at the Guelph Large Animal Clinic’s indoor round pen. Details to follow later. Our plans include…

An Interesting Theory…

Here’s an email exchange between myself and Evelyne Bernhardt, who is the owner of Heartfelt Healing, regarding horses bucking. She has over 30 years experience working with animals using dietary, herbal, and hands-on techniques to improve health. She has a…

Winter Fun with Dora

Dora arrived here at the end of November. Each month she demonstrates some of her favourite games on video. I TRY to do the filming at the beginning of the month, but February’s weather has been challenging. We did get…

The Other Side of Dora

For less than two months Dora has been at Winsong Farm learning tons of new games and tricks. She’s a total delight to work with. She’s happy, brilliant, eager. You name it, she can do it. Dora’s the perfect pupil….

Dora the Wonder Pony

Just got into the house after playing with Dora in the arena. On the really cold days I play with her in the barn so this past week the barn has seen a bit of action. Up in the arena…

Santa’s Workshop

Check out our Santa’s Workshop video! Yesterday, December 17, the horses created the video. The temperature was a warm zero, whereas today the wind is whipping and minus eight or lower. We’re SOOOO glad that we scheduled the filming for…

Blow Your Own Horn

A friend, Colleen Archer, taught her white pony named Timbit to “blow his own horn”. Yesterday I went shopping and found a bicycle horn that’s about five inches long. I introduced the new bike horn to the lower barn after…

More Fun With Dora

Dora celebrating her one week anniversary playing and learning at Winsong Farm.

The New Girl, Dora

Dora arrived last Saturday and she’s staying with us for the winter. She’ll be in our spring show. When I went to the paddock gate and called to Dora (a pony wintering with us) so that we could go to…

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