February 26, 2012 – Well… it has been a pretty busy month around the farm and with business. So busy, in fact, that I haven’t had much quiet time to just sit and do nothing (or update my blog). I like being busy, I really do, but some days I would give anything to just sit and veg. I guess the days when I have nothing but time will come soon enough so I guess I should be grateful that my life is so full now.

IMG_6287-tinySince my last post, we have had two new boarders come in to Shady Ridge. “CT” was the first to arrive at the end of January. He is a cute little Morgan who loves to be told how handsome he is…LOL  His ears perk up and he will come right to you. It took him a few days to settle in and realize that the huge round bale was all his (he is out in a paddock on his own per his owner’s request) but now he is aware of that and spends much of his days with his head in the bale. He loves when his owner Amanda comes to play with him… she will run around the paddock with him playing with the big ball and throwing snowballs for him to catch. He is a real cutie.

The second boarder, “Seinfeld” just arrived yesterday so we don’t know too much about him yet. However, we do know that is a really handsome boy. He’s a 17hh chestnut Hanoverian who barely fit in our warmblood trailer. No problem with his height but is he super long too so his butt was pushing at the back door.

IMG_8315-tinyLast weekend was the first show of the season for Megan and Buddy. They did the Trillium show at RCRA and we decided to just put him in the .90 metre (2’9″) classes for this first show. Buddy was a bit overwhelmed with all the horses in the warm-up area at first but eventually he settled down and started listening to Megan. And then when she got him into the ring… he was a speed demon :-). He was flying around the course but never dropped a rail. Megan changed his bit for the next courses and things were much more controllable. Unfortunately, the clock was against them and she ended up with time faults. I guess we should have let him be a speed demon. All in all, they looked great and had a good time and I got to take some great pictures of them (which can be found on our Facebook page).

Speaking of taking pictures, I have finished a couple of online photography courses in the past two months and am slowly learning how to use all the features and settings on my new camera. I am still learning and taking more courses but am having a lot of “ah-ha” moments when a shot comes out awesome and I actually know why it did :-). You can see some of these shots on my 2012 Photo of the Day album on my FB page.

Business has been pretty busy as well. I am working on a number of new websites right now (and of course updating other client sites to keep them current) and hope to introduce them to the world over the next couple of weeks. I love designing websites so if you need a site for your business, equine related or not, just let me know and I can provide you with a quotation. Feel free to see some of the sites I have designed at http://www.equinewebdesign.ca and http://www.docutype.net.

Speaking of Equine Web Design, have you “Liked” our new FB page for EWD? This is where I will post anything new that is happening with our business and any new website designs that we launch.

Well, I guess that is about it for this update. 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 (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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