DSCN2814-sm,April 24, 2011 – Happy Easter, everyone! I don’t know about you but the longer, warmer (and sometimes dryer) days means spending more time with the horses and it really lift my spirits… even the bad things don’t seem so bad. So, today’s blog is all about the last week or so’s events and how we got through some of the issues and smiled through the good things.

You know horse season has arrived when…. tack sales/swaps have started ๐Ÿ™‚. Last week there were a couple of good ones and we managed to get a few things on Megan’s “list” and this coming week is the big spring Greenhawk sale at their warehouse. Hope to get everything else on the list at good prices.

Last Saturday morning, Megan went down to the barn to give the horses their breakfasts. A few minutes later, she came up to the house and wasn’t really freaking out but was upset … Cody had somehow kicked out the wall between her and Ellie. We figured she kicked once and managed to kick off one board but her legs got stuck and she thrashed until all the boards came off and she was free. She got a few cuts on her legs but nothing too bad.

Randy-John-smWhat a thing to find first thing in the morning. And, of course, Randy had left to do a tow from Port Perry so Megan and I tried to put some of the boards back up but weren’t having much luck. We decided to see if our farrier, friend, and Randy’s trail riding buddy, John Feheley, would be able to come by and help us. And of course, he was more than willing to help. He’s a great guy! Thanks again John!

We decided to just pull down the top bars from the walls and take the horses outside (it was raining terribly a little earlier but was lightning up by then). We waited for Randy to come home and then headed off to Home Depot to pick up some wood. We then put the wall back up and, instead of the bars (which were up allowing the horses to see each other), we added 5 or 6 more 2x10x12 boards and had a complete wall…. they can’t see each other any more. And you know… I think this is the way to go. We always thought it was a great idea that the horses could see each other but after this incident and the fact that Buddy bites the bars at feeding time, the bars aren’t that appealing to us anymore. We now have Buddy & Cody in the stalls with the full wall and things are much calmer in the barn (Ellie & Belle have the stalls that still has the bars but they have never had a problem being able to see and sniff each other).

DSCN2882-smI am so loving Ellie even more these days. I have always loved her loveable appeal but now she seems to be even calmer and not worried about being away from the others in her paddock. She likes to spend time just going for walks and being alone with people. Even the bridge… she was leery of it last year but this year she just walks right over it… no problem. We are trying to get Cody to go over the bridge so we take Ellie across and hope she follows. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet but we’ll keep at it. The best hacking is on the other side of the bridge so we are on a mission ๐Ÿ™‚

DSCN2918-smOver the last couple of weeks, poor Buddy has had a bit of a sore back. His body build has changed now that he is being ridden more and higher hieghts so Megan’s saddle doesn’t seem to be fitting him right anymore and it is causing a sore area just under the back of the saddle. He has lost some weight and built up muscles so his form has shifted. We have started him on a higher fat diet and even is just over a week he seems to be looking better… more filled out.

We were at Sher-Al last week and Jen (the owner of Running Fox who also rides her horses there) had a close look at the saddle and how it was fitting Buddy. She said that the saddle may go back to fitting better once he puts some weight back on but the gullet was very narrow so with the heights that he is jumping these days (3’+), this saddle may never be the right one for the work he does and will probably continue to cause him problems. So, we are in the market for a new saddle (16.5, small/med tree depending on the make, in a Oakbark or similar colour).

In the interim, the people at Sher-Al have been great by offering their insight and also some of their pads to help with the problem. Buddy is better now with a week off so Megan will ride him tomorrow here with Carole and see how he does. We’ll just load him up with whatever is necessary to keep the saddle from hurting him until we can find a new, wider tree saddle that won’t rock on his withers.

DSCN2968-sm-grThis Easter weekend has been beautiful. It was a little windy yesterday but the temperatures were great and although today was a little cooler, it was beautiful and turned out to be a great day. We finally cleaned out all the old hay from the girl’s paddock… that took about 3 hours; shedded the horses; and mucked out the stalls. I then went for a long walk around our property with my camera. I took over 200 pictures and will get some of them up on my photography site soon. Finally we had out Easter dinner… YUM!!! I love turkey dinners. It turned out to be a great day.

So, that’s the big news for the last week or so. There may have been other things but I can’t see to remember them right now so they couldn’t have been all that bad and I think it’s all because spring has finally arrived.

Have a great week everyone! 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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