Busy planning

Ola ola,

Most Monday’s I’m a bit of a grumpy mess, but today I felt so content and happy driving home from work. It’s so nice that it’s now lighter outside and we can start having a taste of warmer weather. I for one can’t wait to stop rugging Grumpy.

With this warmer weather and spring around the corner it’s time for Grumpy to have his spring check up:

Today: Grumpy got new shoes. The farrier gave us the compliment that his hooves has never been better, so that’s good news!

Monday Feb 24: Time for the yearly check up by the dentist. Last year we were still stabled at another stable at this point in time so we did the check up for his teeth there(one person came for all the horses). This year I’ve decided to call my vet who is also a dentist. I wasn’t aware that the person who did Grumpy’s teeth before actually isn’t a dentist, but a mouth carer(?). Meaning his teeth haven’t been properly done before. Grumpy really does not like the dentist, so going to be a fun ride.

Friday March 1st: With all the training we are doing at the moment and him becoming stronger, I wanted to see if there were other ways I could prevent soreness of his muscles. So a lady, specialized in massages will come by and give him a proper sport massage. I’ve never tried this before, but wanted to see if it would relax his body a little. Going to write a post about it when it’s been done.

Monday feb 4th: It’s great that Grumpy is growing muscles, but it also means the saddle is becoming tighter. So the saddle fitter is coming around to check the overall fit and see if it’s still laying well. At the moment I am noticing that Grumpy is slightly tense on his back right behind the saddle. So hopefully my saddle fitter can help with that.

Once that is all done, I’m going to be a very poor person. Haha. However I think that should be it for a while and we can enter spring and summer with a good feeling.

Does your horse get sport massages? Really interested in hearing other people’s experiences with it.

X.m

Saddle pad for Mono Saddles

Ola ola,

Have you had a great Sunday?

Today I wanted to tip you about a saddle pad that is great underneath mono saddles. For those that do not know what a mono saddle is: it’s a dressage saddle that has a single flap, to give you closer contact with the horses back. Having only a single flap means that it’s really hard to attach your saddle pads anywhere as the girthing system is set up differently.

Ever since I bought my new saddle, I’ve had some issues with that the saddle pads have been sliding when riding. At the beginning of the ride they lay ok, but in the end, they have a tendency to slide back because I didn’t know how to attach them.

Small disclaimer: Sliding of the saddle pad can be because of an ill-fitting saddle, so please keep this in mind if this is happening to you. 

As most saddle pads have the standard system where you attach them to the girth leathers, I decided to go looking for one that would attach them to the D rings on top of the saddle instead. To my rescue came Le Mieux with their pro square cotton saddle pad. This one attaches the pad to the saddle with their straps on top of the saddle pad instead as you can see on the image below here.

 

I must say that I am super satisfied with these pads, and will probably only buy these moving forward as it was the only ones I could find with such a system. I bought mine with a 25% discount at Horze , making them 47 euro a piece. They are made out of thick cotton and come across very sturdy and of good quality. Best of all, they do not slide underneath my saddle.

A little tip from me to you.

x.M

First day of spring

Ola ola,

I don’t think I’m the only who is loving the weather we are having right now.

13 degrees and sun instead of 0 degrees and rain. I can also notice on Grumpy that his body is less stiff when it’s a bit warmer.

Today I could finally have a lesson outside, which is not only good for him, but oh how lovely is it to have some fresh air?

For a while we’ve been a bit in a winter dip. I couldn’t find my grove when riding and he kept doing things so that he didn’t have to work, like running insanely fast when lunging or bucking in canter when riding. Today was the first time in a long time when it felt like he could handle it all again.

It reminded me how much I actually do love riding. I’m finally seeing an upwards line in our riding which feels really good.

Now, let’s just hope the spring has come here to stay. I’m not going back to 0 degrees!

Happy Saturday!

X.m

No Monday blues

Ola ola,

Before we started this whole process and the rehabilitation, I thought we would go through with the procedure and just return to our original schedule without much change.

Very, very naive.

I don’t think I fully realized how much time and effort it would take to get Grumpy back to full health. Rehabilitating a horse isn’t done in a second and it’s not for lazy people. I quickly understood that you can’t keep doing what you’ve done, cause then you’ll always get what you’ve got and for Grumpy that is not going to work anymore.

We now work with a much more adapted schedule. We are up to 3/4 days of riding, 2 days of lunging and one day of groundwork/fun times.

Grumpy is a very emotional horse and feeds off people’s energy. I and my boyfriend always used to have this joke about Grumpy being extra grumpy on Mondays. While the truth was that I was grumpy and tired on Mondays and this would feed on to him. Therefore we now spend this day doing something we both enjoy, groundwork.

To others, we might look really silly as we run around in the arena with carrots, but when I see him run around with his ears forward it makes it all worth it. We are slowly developing all the tricks at the same time as making his back stronger, but I’m going to check if I can find a trainer for the groundwork as I really want to learn more about it. I’ve been seeing a lot of movies lately with people being able to do everything with their horses with a clicker which I find super impressive.

If you know a good groundwork trainer in the Netherlands, please let me know. In the meanwhile, we will spend our Mondays running around haha.

X.M

Bucas Recuptex saddle pad

Ola ola,

Bucas is launching a new product in their Recuptex /therapy line. For those that haven’t heard anything about this line, you can read about it HERE.

So what’s next in line?

A new saddle pad. This is meant to warm up the horse’s back quicker when starting to ride and make it slowly colder when your done. This will avoid the horse from getting back ache and stiffness.

The funny thing is, I can’t find any information about it other then THIS page on the Bucas site. I can’t find the price, not the launch date either. Maybe someone else has the info?

I do love my Recuptex rug and so does Grumpy, but I don’t know if this is something I really believe in. Won’t the back become to warm and sweaty? Will it affect the saddle? I don’t know if it’s far fetched, but leather and heat doesn’t go to well together. I guess we will have to wait and see.

They could have at least made the design a tiny bit more interesting. I know they are going a long the lines of the branding colors, but with all the other fancy saddle pads you have out there nowadays, I have a feeling most people won’t buy this.

What do you think?

X.m

10 euro shaving machine. Does it work?

Ola ola,

Last year I managed to shave Grumpy while being sedated with a super tiny shaving machine. It took me 3 hours and when I finally was done I had only managed to do his neck and two stripes on his belly. He looked hilarious, but it did work.

The last few months I’ve seen several people on Facebook talk about a shaving machine that was really silent and only cost 10 euro on EBAY.

I personally have a tendency to buy more expensive products, because I like to think I’m buying quality. But considering this was only 10 euro, I figured I would buy it to check if the fuzz about it was real.

It does not come in a fancy box like its brother from Sectoline, but you do get all the parts you need besides oil. On a first glance it looks exactly like the one from Sectoline, but it is slightly lighter. Because it’s lighter it give off less shaking which again meant I could shave Grumpy without him freaking out. I haven’t tried shaving the whole him yet, but from trying it out it does work and people do say you can do a whole body with it if you give it a charge or two.

To be honest I’m quite surprised over the quality. If you are looking for a machine to shave the head or legs it’s a perfect little machine. You can buy it HERE.

X.m

Christmas came early this year

Ola ola,

This week it was time for Grumpy’s final check up from the vet. For once I wasn’t nervous as he’s been very happy and frisky lately.

We had to do some walking and running tests at first and afterwards the vet felt trough his whole body to see if anything was stuck. Besides two small things his whole body was really good. The vet was happy with the developments and asked me to continue the way I was going. I just need to add some work from the ground. After seeing the vet every single month for the last 12 months I now don’t need to see him for another 6 months. Definitely going to help my bank account!

Which is good when it comes to what else I did last Wednesday. I finally bought a new car! I don’t like to be dependent on other people, so I wanted a car that could pull a horse trailer if I need to transport Grumpy. I must admit that it’s quite a difference from my old small Ford, so I need to get used to it, but I’m very happy. Christmas came early for me this year. Now I can’t wait for the new year and all it has to offer!

X.m

Road to recovery – update

Ola ola,

Time for an update again.

Grumpy is doing well! This week we have spent making him more relaxed in whatever he does. Instead of rushing trough, we are now trying to build his muscles with moving more in balance.

When I am lunging I am trying to get to a point where he is moving around freely and low with his head without the use of lungeaids. Slowly, but surely we are getting there. I am noticing that if I use lungeaids he has a tendency to completely block his back, which is of course not the meaning.

When it comes to riding I am more or less starting from scratch again. The focus is on that I need to sit in a way that doesn’t restrict Grumpy and learning to keep my legs where they should be. I have a tendency to keep my feet to far forward, which means that my aids don’t come trough correctly and there is to much tension between me and Grumpy’a back. Gotta love trying to remove something so embedded in your mind.

I am still only allowed to ride only 10 minutes a time which is really hard to keep within when Grumpy is moving as well as today. Luckily I have a great trainer who is keeping me grounded and reminds me to stick to the plan. On Wednesday the vet is visiting us again to see the progress. Hopefully he is seeing good developments as well!

Grumpy is not as happy as me about training again. Haha

Have a good Sunday eve!

X.m

Great riding breeches

Ola ola,

If there is one thing I hate trying, then its new riding breeches. I once went to Divoza and tried almost every single breech in the store and none of them fitted me unless they costed way to many dollars. Generally when I find one that I like I end up buying every colour, just so I don’t need to buy any for a long time.

There is a few things that I need when it comes to breeches. They need to have stretch, so they don’t feel too tight when I ride. They need to have a high waist as unfortunately I do not have the smallest one. +  I want them to be as cheap as possible. With that list in mind, quite a lot of breeches already fall off already.

A while ago a stable friend tipped me about the riding breeches from Horze. I must admit I was a bit hesitant as I generally like to try on the breeches before I buy them, but since Horze had such a great black Friday deal on, I took the plunge. Today I received them and they are so nice! The silicon seems really nice and the fit is great. So I wanted to bring the tip on to you. If you are looking for the same type of breeches as me I can really recommend the ones below (they are currently on sale for 49.95 euro!):

They have them in several different colours.

You can buy them HERE.

x.M

The best equestrian black friday deals

Ola ola ,

I never used to care about sales before I moved to the Netherlands. For those that doesn’t know, there is this running joke that the Dutch are greedy, and I guess I’m becoming one.

Luckily there is this one day a year that literally makes people like me scream hurrah. Sounding very materialistic now? Oh well, means more money to buy my next horse. Or so I tell myself at least.

So what am I talking about? Black Friday sales of course. The sales where you get to buy what you have been wanting for so long. Maybe a new rug? That cap or those boots? Here you go, the best deals I’ve come across (these all ship internationally):

Epplejeck

Looking for a new rug og maybe a Kinglands saddle pad? Epplejeck got your covered. They have up  to 50% on a lot of items online. Their sales will start at midnight tonight, but I’ve seen a sneak peak and its definitely worth checking out HERE. If you are in the neighbourhood, they will have items with up to 75% sales in store.

Horze

Horze has up to 70% on over 9000 different items. They literally have everything you can imagine. I’ve heard their riding breeches are really nice, so I am going to buy one of those. You can find their sales HERE.

Divoza

Divoza has 25% off an item of choice, plus 25% of the entire autumn collection. You can check our their sales item HERE.

PS of SWEDEN

Gosh, I love so many of the PS of SWEDEN items. Like have you seen their emerald green saddle pad? It is so insanely pretty. Let’s not even discuss their bridles. If I ever get to start riding higher competitions I would definitely buy one of theirs. You can shop their 20% of everything HERE.

HOOKS 

Hooks has some of the best deals in the world when it comes to equestrian product, and now it got even better with several different deals all week. You can find them HERE.

HYPOSTORE

Hypoestore decided to smash it out with either 25% or 30% on absolutely everything. If you are a earlybird you will get 30% off , while if you wait it becomes 25%. You can use use the code Earlybird ONLINE .I know where I will buy my stirrups now!

 

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