Weird weather; awesome camera :-)

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Ripples4January 22, 2012 – Ok… what is up with the weather in southern Ontario? This is the strangest winter we have had in a long time. Very little snow (more rain than snow so far); only a couple of cold, cold days; and too much ice! The poor horses are walking very cautiously… and so are we. ๐Ÿ™‚

Luke is so worried about the ice that he wouldn’t walk over to the trough to get a drink. We would go out there and coax him over but one day there was no way… he wanted nothing to do with going to the trough so we made a path of old hay. It took some convincing but eventually he made it over but again, didn’t want to go on his own. The only problem with the hay path is that Ripples thought it was there for her… to eat. Thankfully we got a little bit of snow the other night and now Luke feels more steady and is making his way to the trough and Ripples is still eating the path.

We have discovered a new “issue” with Buddy. He has been so awesome for Megan lately and she gets over to ride him 4 or 5 times a week but there are days when he isn’t turned out due to the ground conditions so on those days, he is a little antsy and unpredictable. And, we are now seeing that Buddy is a really good boy unless he is in the arena with another horse that is acting up or fresh. Buddy seems to feed off that and decides that he wants to act up too. And when he acts up, he does this bucking bronco kind of thing which is hard for Megan to sit. She has yet to come off him but it does jar her around a bit.

IMG_4485-smSo, to calm him down, he has to be put on the lunge line. That is an experience in itself at the beginning. Since he is already “up”, he acts like a jerk on the line and bucks and such. However, we think that yesterday he may have finally figured it out… if he is a bad boy, he gets put on the lunge line. It was like he all of a sudden said to himself (after giving us the evil eye each time he went by), “now I get it… if I am bad they put me on this stupid thing” and bam, he calmed right now and the rest of the lesson was awesome.

Back in my December post, I mentioned that I hoped to get a new camera for Christmas. Guess what? I got one and I am loving it! It is a Canon Rebel T3i with two lenses and I am having a blast learning how to use it. In fact, I am taking some online courses at (thanks for the recommendation, Shannon) and this is helping me get a better understanding of manual settings on the camera that will work for different situations. I am still trying to master taking blur-free shots inside the indoor arena but am slowly getting there.

I decided when I got the new camera that the more practice I get, the better so I am actually posting a ‘Photo of the Day’ on my Facebook page. I didn’t want to call it ‘A Photo a Day’ in case I missed a day so ‘Photo of the Day‘ gives me an excuse should I get too busy to take and post a shot on any given day. Be sure to check them out at I have also posted some on my Shady Ridge Photography website at

That about covers everything for this time. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012!

See you next time.

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 ( 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 for more information.

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