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!

Nuno Oliveira

Here’s something to ponder. Nuno Oliveira was the acknowledged master of Classical Riding in the 20th Century. In EVERY photo I’ve seen of him riding he is looking down at the horse. Probably at the withers or just in front….

Test Riding

We’re looking at October 4th to hold a clinic at Winsong Farm near Nobleton, Ontario. Lynda Southam will judge. The format is: riders ride tests (limited to eight rides), the judge spends fifteen minutes privately with each rider discussing the…

Summer Camp

Last summer when Zelador and Zeloso were 3 years-old Bill and I were invited to visit Laurene Winkler near Sterling, Ontario. She has over 150 acres, lots of trails, a pond, a bridge and three mares. Bill and I drove there…

Night Feed Last March

BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR THIS STORY: Etienne, a horse trainer friend of Richard’s, just arrived from France. He is staying with us. Conversing with him is dicey… what with my lack of French and his lack of English. I’m never exactly…

Chewing

I just had the most amazing ride on Zelador. Since I returned from Europe I’ve been thinking…when you touch the rein on a Grand Prix dressage horse what do you expect? You expect softness, chewing, no tension. So… that’s what…

Animal Communication

Hi, Lindsey Hunt will be holding an Animal Communication Clinic here at Winsong Farm (located near Nobleton, Ontario) Sunday August 24 from 10:30 to 3:00. I’ve been intrigued about animal communication for quite a few years. When I was writing…

Trip to Europe

Hi, “Hips to hands! Hips to hands! Let the horse carry you. Your leg is on the horse. Do you want it to do something? I don’t see anything happening. If you put your leg on the horse it must…

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,…

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