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!

Reading and Flag Waving with Zelador

Today I placed a big muck bucket in the northwest corner of Zelador’s stall. His stall is 22’ x 11’ which gives us plenty of room to play games. Along the south wall I put a halter on the ground…

Blowing Bubbles with Zelador

I introduced Zelador to bubble blowing in his stall. When he first saw bubbles a few years ago he turned and left me. He went to the far side of the stall and put his head to the wall. He…

Lauren Bode Booklet Launch

We’re having a Booklet Launch Sunday October 16 from 2:00-3:00 at Winsong Farm near Nobleton, Ontario. The Winsong Farm horses will perform at liberty. They’re looking forward to thanking Lauren Bode for representing animals. Pre-registration required. To register contact Winnie…

Zelador the Cat

August 24 was our weekly lesson with our instructor. At one point I asked the instructor, “What is going on here!” (Zelador wasn’t exactly “with me”.) My instructor said, “You two aren’t on the same wave-length.” A bit later in…

A Soccer Star in the Making

Today Spring Song did something that was amazing. I first got interested in teaching horses things before the boys were born in 2004. My blacksmith told me about a man who was in his 70s and competing in Quarterama (a…

A Round Pen Performance

Zelador performed in the round pen with about 15 people watching: 1. Rolled out the carpet 2. Fetched Mickey Mouse 3. Picked the “Dr. Trout” card when asked (the “Winnie” card was also available) 4. Blew bubbles 5. Did a…

Zelador Receives Trial Vaccine for Melanomas

For several years now, Zelador has been affect by melanomas under his tail. Recently, we attempted a new treatment, a vaccine in trial stages. 2007: When Zelador was three years old we noticed one melanoma to the left of his…

Kye and Spring Song

Here are photos of 26-year-old Kye and five-year-old Spring Song. They are paddock mates.

Boys at Play

Thought you might enjoy seeing the boys. Zeloso celebrated his twelfth birthday June 30. Zelador’s twelfth birthday was March 16.

Long Awaited Equine Guelph Fundraiser

Sunday the humidex hovered just below 40 for our fundraiser for Equine Guelph. The arena was shaded and there was a breeze, plus tons of ice cream and delicious cookies made by Mrs. Patmore (a.k.a. Charliene)!We limited the horse activity…

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