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!

Easter Walk

Back in the 1980s the Forest Adventurers of York orienteering club hosted its first Easter Walk. The weather conditions determined how many people attended! On a lovely day like we had yesterday for our walk on Winsong Farm over 300…

Zelador’s Interpretation of the Aids

Well, I know you’ve heard of the half-halt. Zelador and I have, too. But Zelador has demonstrated repeatedly that his interpretation of the half-halt is “Go like Stink!” Riding a horse that has no intention of listening to my aids…

Sherlock’s First Show

In 1989 Bill, Lynda Southam, Dave and Virginia Bint and I took Sherlock to his first dressage schooling show. Sherlock was born in 1981 and raced into his seventh year. I bought him in the early summer of his eighth…

Zeloso is Seeing Red

Tuesday I put out lots of objects in the arena that were red in colour. One item was a red towel that we use when we sing “When You’re Happy and You Know It Catch the Towel.” Zelador loved the…

Find the Name Game

Today we made a video of Zelador fetching his name when asked, “Find the card with your name on it.” And fetching my name when I said, “Find the card with my name on it.”

2016 Ice Cream Social

We hope you can join us for the Ice Cream Social April 24. We are raising money for Equine Guelph. If you cannot come to the event and want to make a donation you’ll find all the information you need…

Can Horses Read?

Over the years I’ve created signs and told the horses what words are on the signs. More often than not the horses can pick out the sign I’m asking them to find. In this video there are three signs along…


While attempting to explain to Zelador that I’d like for him to catch a toy he developed a new game: volleytoy. Then, much to my amazement he caught a toy, Mickey Mouse!!!! When I took Zeloso into the arena to…

Refocusing on Games at Liberty

The day dawned with a temperature of -23. Undaunted I decided to not ride and refocus on games at liberty. The temperature in the arena started at -12 and worked its way up to -7 while I played with Blue,…

Leading from Behind

This is about our fourth attempt at me leading Zelador from the croup.

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