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!

Late yesterday afternoon Kye was shipped to Canter Call for a jumping session with Sophie. I tagged along to film the session, but I had trouble focusing on the task. You see, Canter Call has access to hundreds of acres…

Lynda Southam Clinic

Hi, Here’s an email I received from my friend and high level dressage judge, Lynda Southam. She’s looking at holding a clinic at Winsong Farm in the end of October. She describes the format below.   I emailed back asking…

What Zelador Said

Today a most unusual thing happened. The horses totally understand coming in from the paddock in the afternoon. Sherlock (age 27) and Kye (age 18) come to the gate when I call. I take both of them to the barn,…

Rotating Top Pedestal

Bill stabilized the 16 inch high rotating top pedestal yesterday. He added about ten horizontal feet at the bottom, protruding outwards, lying on the ground. Now when the horse places his foot on top of the pedestal the top does…

Kye’s pre-training

Kye and Sophie Kalpin were in an event today near Hockley Valley. We just got back and, believe me, we’re going nowhere this evening! He was in Pre-Training. Kye got fifth and if he hadn’t incurred a few time penalties…

The Boys

Zeloso and I actually enjoyed each other’s company today. He wasn’t such a CLOWN. Beverley Chubb gave me some insight into this horse last night (Monday). Saturday I detected something strange in his left front heel. I showed it to…

Attention Span

“The horse pays exactly as much attention to you as you pay to the horse.” Daniel Nummer has this saying as one of his Principles of Horse Training. Zelador personifies this principle. Bill was leading him from the paddock to…

Spanish Walk

Etienne Leroy introduced Zelador to the Spanish Walk and the piaffe this past winter. He returned to France April 29th and was back here in the middle of June for three days to work with Z and Z. During his…

They Love it When…

Incident number one: Today I was in the arena with Zeloso. He was moving about freely, snuffling bits of hay off the floor near the door and I was walking over to the corner to fetch my helmet. CLANG!! He…

The Waltz

Allen Pogue has a liberty move that he calls the waltz. The horse is circling around you and when you ask, the horse does a volte between you and his circle route, then continues circling around you. We started practicing…

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