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!

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…

Vibrant and Alive but Relaxed!

Following are my thoughts of my ride on Zelador today and the comments dressage judge and good friend, Lynda Southam, sent in return. From Winnie: Well, I’ve noticed since the second week in June that I can get on Zelador and…

The Bull?

Hi, My quest to create the apparatus needed for Working Equitation is proceeding slowly, but steadily. (A friend is working on the gate and bridge.) Deborah and Adam came to the farm and drew the bull/cow on the plywood. A…

Zelador and the ball

Well, Bill had the garrocha pole and he was riding Zeloso. I was on Zelador and we moved over to the big ball. We pushed it around the arena, between the two pedestals and got it STUCK against the wall…

Zeloso and his props

Here are some photos of Zeloso. We have the green polos on him for work on the rotating top pedestal. He’s just learning how to place a hoof on it. We wanted to protect his legs just in case he…

Pylon Training

OK, just how smart are these horses! Today I brought Zeloso into the arena and the two of us set up four large pylons on the centre line, each about 7 metres apart. Under saddle we used them to create…

An Impromptu Performance

The greater Toronto area might have broken a fifty year record for heat yesterday. Certainly the young man who came to the arena to deliver hundreds of bags of shavings was struggling with the high humidity and temperature. When I…

An Introduction to Winnie and her Zs

“When a horse is three years old it has three legs. When it’s four, it has four legs. That’s when the training starts.” Sounds like a strange concept nowadays with Thoroughbreds racing at two and the Triple Crown awarded at…

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