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Cutting out the Middleman

During Thursday’s lesson with Alex he was at ‘C’ and I was approaching ‘A.’ He called out to me, “When you get to ‘A’ halt, rein back, then piaffe.” I halted at ‘A’ and during the rein back Zelador did so...

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How Did You Teach That?

We own three (count ‘em, THREE) floor pianos! One is on a 4’x6’ piece of plywood and covered with mylar (a drawing film) with the hopes that this covering will protect the plastic surface of the piano, BECAUSE all three pianos were purchased fo...

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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 would come. On a ...

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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 is not a lot ...

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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 year. I was told (discretely) by s...

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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 red towel. Every split second that he wasn’t bein...

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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.”...

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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 at www.equineguelph.ca....

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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 the arena’s kickboards. On the far left i...

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Volleytoy

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 play the “tidy up the toys” game h...

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