A long overdue update from the farm

Posted by: ShadyRidgein Diary Updates

shadyridge_logo-smDecember 18, 2011 – So… I just realized that it has been 2 months since I posted an update about our farm and horse life. I’ve posted about web designs I have done and other information but I can’t believe I haven’t posted an update! Oh wait… yes I can… life has been super busy. Everything from work to family to horses, life is just crazy… but lovin’ (almost) every minute of it. And, with so little time for extras, unfortunately my blog updates and my photography have had to take a back seat. I won’t make any promises that my tardiness will be suddenly rectified and the posts will start coming again on a regular basis but I do promise to “think about” posting more often and then being hard on myself when it doesn’t happen. 🙂

DSCN1706-greysunburst-smIn my last post (way back in October), I talked about the horse show season ending on a great note for Megan and Buddy. They had some challenges during the beginning of the show season but everything worked out and they advanced up to the A circuit and had a great few shows at the end of the season. Now it is time to get ready for the next season so Megan and Buddy have been working a lot on fine-tuning some of his green issues and building their relationship and I am so happy  to see her have great ride after great ride once again (there was some frustration during his recovery).

Since we do not have an indoor arena here on our farm (one day we will…. when we win the lottery :-)), and since Megan and her awesome coaches are so excited for the next season, we decided that it would be a shame to only ride him once a week or so over the winter, not to mention how hard it is to get Randy to trailer Buddy over during nasty winter weather, we decided it would be best to board Buddy at Sher-Al for the winter. So, he went over there during the last week in November and he seems to really like it there.

DSCN4773-smHe seemed a little quieter than normal for the first couple of weeks but has since perked up. I think he was feeling like he wouldn’t be seeing Megan very often but that didn’t happen. She now goes over and rides him 4 or 5 times a week so he is getting lots of exercise and time with his mommy. I think he likes the other horses too as they all seem to stick their heads out of their stalls and stare at each other. All in all, it may not have been something we budgeted for but we are making it work and it is the best thing for both of them. They have bonded and improved so much in just the short time that she has had more of a chance to ride him.

With Buddy being at Sher-Al now, that meant that Luke would be alone at our place. Although he was always in a different paddock than Buddy, we were concerned that he would be lonely. However, he was a really good boy and it didn’t bother him at all that Buddy was gone.

In order to get Luke a friend (or two) and to help offset  the cost of having Buddy over at Sher-Al, we decided to take in a few boarders. We placed ads here and there and mentioned it on our FB fanpage and website but so far have not had any takers. We have a beautiful place and offer lots of lovin’ but I guess a lot of people are looking for a place that has an indoor arena. Not to mention, there is a lot of competition for boarding in our area. So, we’ll just keep working our butts off to help pay for him being over there. If you know anyone who is looking for boarding, please have them contact us or visit our website.

Ripples-smAlthough we do not have any boarders, we have found a friend for Luke. Friends of ours were looking for a place to move their horse and we offered them a stall and paddock space. Her name is Ripples and she is a big, beautiful Belgian. We always thought that Luke was a good size horse but he looks like a pony next to Ripples. She is such a gentle giant… very sweet and very pretty. Luke and her have hit it off and they get along great. Neither bugs each other and they seem to love each others company.

As part of her being here, we asked if it would be okay to ride her. Of course her owners said yes so now we just have to figure out how to get some tack for her. She hasn’t been ridden in a while so her tack seems to have been lost but they are finding pieces here and there and we almost have a bridle that fits her. The only thing is the nose band and chin strap seem to be a little tight so we are going to have to keep trying until we get the right one. Don’t even ask about a saddle yet… don’t think any of ours will fit her so may be searching for a large saddle soon. We’ll have to wait and see.

What else is new? Well, the cats are huge again this winter. They put on so much weight and get so furry in the winter. They are like big puff balls. And with the cold weather, they also stay a lot closer to the barn. During the summer they wander more and have spent nights outside the barn but the colder weather means they want to stay where the food and warmth are.

The busy Christmas season is now upon us but I am a little disappointed that it looks like we will probably not have a white Christmas this year :-(. Christmas in Canada should be white! After that, I could careless about having snow :-). This rain in December is not welcome! Too depressing, not to mention muddy. Do like the warmer temps though. I guess you just can’t have everything… warm temps and snow 🙂

So, besides new phones (our contract was finally up and we have now joined the touch screen world) and new couches, that is about it. Not much else is new. Christmas will bring new “things” (including… fingers crossed… a new camera for me..LOL) so hope to have more good things to report the next time I post.

We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and get a chance to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.


Wishing all of our family and friends a very

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

About the Author
Janice Byer is the mom of a teenage equestrian jumper, a horse lover and rider, and a successful entrepreneur. She and her family own a small hobby farm, Shady Ridge Farm (http://www.shadyridgefarm.ca) in Orangeville, Ontario where their two horses enjoy a lovely new barn and all the hay they can eat. As mentioned, she is also a successful web designer and specializes in helping other horse oriented businesses to get an eye-catching, customer-grabbing website or blog. Visit Equine Web Design at http://www.equinewebdesign.ca for more information.

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