DSCN3678-tinyOctober 11, 2010 – Happy Thanksgiving to my horsey (and all) Canadian friends. I love this time of year when the weather is comfortable to be outside; the colours of the trees are at their peak; and turkey… lots and lots of turkey! I always get a big enough bird to feed the whole family plus have leftovers but this year there was a glitch in the plans so my sister and her family couldn’t make it. This means that we have 4 times as much leftover turkey. Not that I’m complaining… I love turkey but I think I need to get more recipes for turkey leftovers. And of course there is the never ending pumpkin pie and apple crumble. Yumm!

The last couple of weeks have been busy once again with trying to find that perfect horse for Megan to take in the hunter ring. I think we are up to about 20 horses (or more) that we have seen and some have been lovely while others are just not at all what we are looking for. We did have one horse here on trial but she was lame so she went home. Then we saw another mare last week who was really cute and responsive. I took a number of videos but by the time Carole got a chance to see them, and I called the owner back to see if we could go out and take a second look, she was already sold. Bummer.

We saw several more this past weekend and one of them looks very promising. We have already made arrangements to go back with Carole and hopefully she will like him too. But, I don’t want to jinx it so I will get back to you with details if it all works out.

DSCN3805-tinyEllie and Belle seem to really be enjoying the solitude of just the two them out in the paddock. It is nice and quiet for each of them… no one bossing them around and deciding it is fun to see them run from him…LOL Going to be a bit of a shock whenever they get a new paddock buddy in with them.

Megan’s been riding Belle a fair amount this past couple of weeks to keep her worked. She has ridden Ellie a couple of times but has also been lunging her as well. Both the girls are looking good but are already getting their winter coats. Ellie spent many years without a blanket in the winter so her coat is already pretty thick. We are hoping that with a few winters of wearing one it will help keep her coat a little shorter each year. She is sweating when she works, poor thing. Will probably need to do some clipping this winter on her.

DSCN3690-tinyWe went on a wonderful hack through our woods on Saturday. It was great. The colours were spectacular and both horses were so relaxed. Ellie is usually one to bring up the rear when we hack but this time she wanted to be in front and she was great. We will have to do some pruning of trees through parts of the bush though. Had to so some serious ducking so we wouldn’t hit the branches. Ellie thought is was weird for me to be lieing on her neck out there…LOL And Belle took it as a reason to speed up as Megan’s butt was no longer in the saddle…LOL It was lots of fun. I even took my parents out and around there before Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday and they loved it too. Hope I didn’t make them walk to far…LOL

DSCN3750-tinyThen today Megan decided she wanted to try Ellie in western tack. Except for her being spazzy about leaving Belle at the barn, she didn’t do too bad. Megan tried some neck reining with her and it took a little while to catch on but she did. We think she may have done some western in the past as she seems to understand it a little. However, she does have Arab in her so she was holding her head way too high. Have a look at this video to see her first attempt at western at our farm ๐Ÿ™‚

And that’s about it for this episode :-). Be sure to Become a fan of our Facebook page as I have been having a great time taking pictures of all the wonderful sites this time of year.

Have a great week! 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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