DSCN4595-smNovember 29, 2010 – I can’t believe that Christmas is less than a month away. The weather has definitely not been too Christmasy… until this past week. The temperatures took a tumble and we had our first dose of snow that is actually staying on the ground. It was quite the shock from recent weather but it is helping it to feel a little more like the Christmas season is upon us (that and the thousands of commercials that are reminding us :-)).

DSCN4622-smWith the upcoming season of red and green, we picked up a little red sweater for Lexi to wear. She looks so cute in it but it doesn’t fit all that great. The Velcro won’t stay closed under her belly but it looks cute otherwise. Megan also grabbed a little elf’s hat for the dogs and had to torture them by making them wear it when we got home. They put up with it (sort of) but you could tell they really didn’t like it :-). See the pics on our Facebook Fanpage.

Megan had another few great rides/lessons with Buddy last week. We did one outside in our sand ring on Thursday but it gets dark so darn early these days that it is a rush when she gets home from school and by the time Carole gets here, there isn’t much daylight left. Carole says that for Christmas, she wants outside lights on the ring. Careful what you wish for Carole ๐Ÿ™‚

DSCN4711-smSunday’s lesson at the indoor arena was awesome. Carole worked Megan and Buddy really hard but it paid off. His frame is looking awesome; he is responding to her so much better each time they ride; he is spitting out those lead changes like nothing; and they jumped 3’6″ that day… several times. She was beaming but by the end of the lesson, they were both pretty tired and he let her know it by making her work harder to keep him forward.

DSCN4727-smBrianna and Sydney both rode Belle that day too and did great. Then Megan popped on her and took her over some jumps while Randy got a chance to finally ride Buddy. Ok… so it wasn’t anything more than walking and an attempt at trot but it was a good way for Buddy to be cooled down and for Randy to actually get a chance to ride him.

I’ve been reading and talking to a lot of people about how to get better pictures, especially in an indoor arena. So, I’ve been playing around with my camera again this week. I’ve put a bunch of pictures, everything from turkeys in the yard to the dogs to the horses… not to mention the weather, on our Shady Ridge Facebook Fanpage. This picture below is one of them… it is a shot of a pond at the farm where we go to use their arena. Such a pretty little pond with the little bit of ice/snow around it. Be sure to take a look at the pictures on our fanpage cuz I am finally getting closer to having some nice indoor shots. Next time I am going to try a flash and hope the horses don’t freak out ๐Ÿ™‚


Oh… and we started our Christmas shopping last week. Only a couple of more things to get and we will be done (yeah right! who am I trying to fool?… shopping for the holidays is all done at 6pm on Christmas Eve :-))

Well, that’s about it for this week. Not too exciting but that’s the way we like it ๐Ÿ™‚

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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