EllieApril 6, 2011 – Well… I have really been slacking on updating my blog… shame on me. And I keep saying I will try to be more diligent  about updating and then it doesn’t happen. Life just gets in the way, I guess. So, I have come to the conclusion that trying to update this blog on a regular schedule will probably not be possible especially now the warmer weather is slowly happening and we spend more time outside with the horses. If you aren’t already a subscriber to this blog and just come by to see what’s new, you may want to subscribe so you are notified when something new is posted.

DSCN2000-smAs you saw in the last item I posted, we are regretfully looking for a new home for Ellie. Unfortunately, I have an injury in my neck and am not allowed to ride (and it could be a long while before I am allowed) so Ellie isn’t getting any work and she needs to be more than just a paddock buddy. Megan is too busy with Buddy and school right now and Ellie is too small for Randy to ride.  Ellie is so laid back and super lovable which is wonderful to have in a horse but she is also a smart cookie who knows her stuff and needs to use it. She can jump smaller jumps, turns on her honches like there is a dime under there, and does flying lead changes. She is great beginner horse especially for an “older” beginner rider. I will be sad to see her go but she deserves to get more exercise than she is getting now so it needs to happen. As people keep telling me, it is all part of the horse business… they come and go (although that doesn’t make it any easier to say good-bye).

DSCN2041-smHowever, there will still be a horse here that I can play around with on the flat as we bought a new horse last weekend that is suitable for my husband Randy to ride and she also knows Parelli which is something I have always wanted to do with a horse. Her name is Cody and she is a 9 year old chestnut  Quarter Horse. She too has a wonderful laid back personality and likes to stick her nose on your chest when you come to visit her. She even knows her name and will come when called (unless Belle is in the way). She has become attached to Ellie but not to Belle. Belle has decided that she does not want to be the bottom of the herd anymore so she is showing Cody who is boss. But, Ellie is still the boss of her so she isn’t the top of the herd but she is happy not to be at the bottom anymore.

It’s a small world which we found out when we bought Cody. It turns out that she used to be ridden by a young lady that Megan used to ride with. She was very upset to see Cody be sold but when she found out that we bought her, she was overjoyed as she knows that Cody will have a great life with us here and she is now really close to Cat (the young lady that used to ride her). In fact, the first weekend that we trailered her out for a lesson, Cat came with us and rode her. Cat also showed us some of the Parelli tricks that Cody knows and I am looking forward to her showing me more. And Cody will be happy when I learn how to do the tricks properly 🙂

DSCN2005-smRandy has been taking Cody out of the paddock and walking around with her to build a bond. Each time, he takes her a little further away from her new friends and she is slowly realizing that she is safe with Randy. He wants to ride her more and more but he has to learn how to guide her properly as she is mostly western trained so Randy needs to know how to ride that way. He knows the basics but it has been a while since he has ridden so he needs to refresh his skills and neither Megan or I want to teach him…LOL  It just ends with tension. It’s like teaching your teenager to drive… it is better if someone else teaches him 🙂

So, he had his first lesson on Cody on Sunday and she was so good. We brought her down to the sand ring, which she has never been to before, and had Ellie with us on the lunge line. Randy is slowly remembering how to make her go and stop and turn her the way he wants to go so it shouldn’t be too long before they are off riding into the sunset…LOL (sorry… couldn’t resist). You can have a look at a short video of Randy riding.

DSCN0855-smMegan and Buddy are doing great. We still have the world’s bestest coach, Carole, and now Megan is also taking a couple of other lessons a week at Sher-Al Farms with Greg Mangan who used to be on the Irish Show Jumping team. He seems to really like Buddy and thinks he is going to be a great jumper. And since he has the movement that he does, Buddy should be able to show both hunter and jumper. We’ll soon see I guess as we plan to take him to hunter shows with Carole and Greg has expressed an interest in taking them to some jumper shoes as well. So, we it looks like it will be a busy show season for us. Take a look at Megan and Buddy in action on my YouTube channel. I am so proud of both of them. They have really been working hard.

Business is booming for me, as always and I am so excited about the current sites I am designing. They include a tack store franchise, and two riding facilities here in southern Ontario. I love the design process and helping my clients have the Internet presence that will bring them in a whole messload of new clients. And centering it around horses it just a wonderful added benefit.

DSCN8579-smAnd finally, have you checked out my latest photography? I am getting better at choosing the right setting to take pictures of just about everything. Drop on over to my photography site at http://shadyridge.smugmug.com and take a look. And if you want to order anything, it is soooo easy to do. I also have figured out how to get great horse jumping shots. Check them out on our Shady Ridge Facebook fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/shady.ridge.

Aside from the fact that we had the cats fixed last week, that’s about it for this time.

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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