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!

 

Finally back in the saddle

Ola ola,

Today I got out of bed with a nervous, but excited feeling. I had been holding off riding all week, because I didn’t want to know the answer if Grumpy hadn’t responded to all the treatments for the last two months.

The first sign I was looking for was if he walked strange after saddling up. He would have a tendency before to walk very stiff for ten meters after saddling up and then be fine. Today he was a bit slow, but not stiff.

Gosh, I need to start using the new halter.

Then when I started longing I was worried he would be slow because of the saddle on his back, but he went on like he would have without it. Which was one of the sign that the vet said was good. I made sure he worked well through his whole body before I decided to get on.

There isn’t too much you can do in 10 minutes, but we focused on Grumpy walking well trough his whole body and not blocking his back and for me to sit correctly in order for him to move properly. As we only focused on walking today, I can’t say how he will be in trot or walk, but so far so good. He is a lot less tense and stiff then prior to the treatment.

So happy Maria today!

X.m

Harry’s horse Exceed saddle pad

Ola ola,

If you live in the Netherlands and have managed to avoid the whole Bucas Recuptex hype, then you literally must be living under a stone.

Now Harry’s Horse have created a saddle pad with the same idea. It is meant to have 3D ceramic inside that provides heat waves that will relax the horses back and works against inflammations.

To be honest I have no idea if it works or not, but seems interesting. Considering Grumpy’s back is bad, such products always catches my attention.

The saddle pad can be bought over at Epplejeck for 44.95 euro.

If you have tried it, please let me know your thoughts about it!

X.m

Reitsportmesse Niederrhein 2018

Ola ola,

Yesterday me and the boyfriend drove to the south of the Netherlands for a gig that he had there. We weren’t planning on staying there, but we saw or I saw that the Reitsportmesse Niederrhein (horse event) was this weekend so I kindly asked if we could go there today.

This conference is a bit like Horse Event in the Netherlands with several clinics and loads of different shops. I mainly went there for the shopping as the clinics and shows are held in very small arenas and not really super interesting to me.

The main difference compared to last year was the offers. Last year you could buy Eskadron saddle pads for 20 euro in all different colors, while this year the prices were a lot higher. I also thought there was a lot of shops with the exact same stuff. Last year you could get a bit more variation and more upscale brands. So I ended up coming home with nada, niks, nothing.

It’s the perfect event to go to for people who need to buy a lot of cheap product for a schooling stable for example or your first horse. I was hoping to find a green saddle pad, but could unfortunately not find it.

Ah well, we had a nice day together and that’s more important then shopping 🙂

X.m

Work out schedule

Ola ola,

Finally we are about to switch out the lunge party for some actual riding.

The vet has given me a pretty extensive training schedule, so for the next 6 weeks it will look like this:

Week 1 and 2

Lunge before riding for 10 minutes twice a week.

Week 3 and 4

Lunge before riding 10 minutes three times a week

Week 5 and 6

Lunge before riding 10 minutes four times a week

He is only allowed to move onto an extra day if he does well for those 10 minutes. After we have gotten to four days a week and he does that well we can start building down the lunging and ride more. My vet seem to be quite careful with his build up compared to other schedules I’ve read, but I want to do it well now in the beginning instead of doing everything to fast and we’ll end up on square one again. I can’t wait to do something else then lunging!

At this moment I’m in Venlo with my boyfriend. He needs to DJ here tonight before we go to Germany tomorrow to a horse conference. Not that I need any more horse stuff….

Have a good Saturday night!

X.m

Fluffy Kentucky halter

Ola ola,

Fluffy products seem to be everywhere at the moment. I feel like you can find every single product under the moon with fur. Everything from saddle pads, to boots to halters.

Kentucky has now come up with a smart solution for the last one. If you have an old halter in the closet that you want to make a bit prettier, you can buy one of their halter furs that they’ve got for sale.

You can buy them HERE in Black or white for 99 euro.

 

x.m

Helsinki for the day

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Yesterday I flew to Helsinki to have a meeting with a client. I had never been to Finland before so was really excited to see if it was similar to Norway in anyway or not.

The minute I landed it felt a bit like being home. So much nature and a much more relaxed atmosphere then the Netherlands. I also had the best burger I’ve ever had. If you ever get to go you should check out Louylo at the harbor. Unfortunately I couldn’t enjoy Finland for long as I am already back in the Netherlands.

Grumpy wasn’t meant to have a day off today, but my head was a bit fried after a very long meeting and travel, so I went to cuddle, try out a new rug(yes, again haha) and a walk in the walker. It’s always so good walking into the stable after a long day and smell the horses. Or is that a terribly cheesy thing to say? Haha

X.m

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