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

Helsinki for the day

Ola ola,

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

Challenge

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So, Maria has gone ahead and shot herself in the foot.

A week ago as a part of a team experience, my work asked me to come up with a challenge that I wanted to give myself for November. This needed to be something I wanted to work on.

As a part of my job as an account manager, I need to spend a lot of time on social media. Where there is loads of articles of what successful people do. One general message from these successful people seem to be that they get out of bed at a ridiculous early time to work out before work. So I set up a goal that every single morning before work in November I will get out of bed way to early to work out.

Dang. Didn’t think this trough did I.

But there is no running away now, so tomorrow bright and early I will start. I’ll try to do check-ins to see if anything changes from the beginning to the end.

I can’t wait to be a successful human being at the end of November. Haha

 

Totally random photo, but didn’t have any other of me and Grumpy 🤦🏼‍♀️

X.m

And suddenly winter came

Ola ola,

You know that feeling when you lay down in bed after changing the sheets? That lovely warm and clean feeling.

I wonder if Grumpy felt the same way today when I put on his clean winter rug. Hopefully he can appreciate the cleanness as much as me. Just such a shame that tomorrow I will come to the stable and there will be various poop stains on it again….

I bought this Bucas rug for Grumpy last year, which I do truly enjoy. The only thing is that it does rub a bit on his mane, so need to find a way to implement a little fake fur there. If anyone got tricks or tips on how to fix it, please let me know!

By the way, I’ll leave you with some important information.  Right now its 123 days till 1st of march. Hopefully by then we will be back to warmer times again. I.cant.wait!

x.M

Road to recovery : Vet check 1

Ola ola,

Yesterday we finally had the first vet check and physio since Grumpy got injected.

Overall the vet was happy with Grumpy’s progress, but he still needs to gain some muscles before we can start riding again. I’m lucky enough that my vet is a certified physio as well, so he made sure to loosen up and release all stuck muscles and bones.

The schedule now is to lunge for another 3 weeks. Then I get to ride twice a week for 10 min after lunging and build up slowly from there. It’s going to be a long process, but if I see how much Grumpy has improved till now I really thing we are going in the right direction. Can’t wait to see how far we are in a months time!

Happy Saturday!

X.m

Road to recovery – update 2

Ola ola,

Finally it’s almost time for check up number two. The vet is coming on Friday to see how Grumpy has developed since we started our lunge marathon a couple of weeks ago.

Besides that he is stretching a lot easier he has also started to move with a lot more elasticity. Some moments I can see glimpses of how he probably was moving before he got his back issues. Such a different horse!

Body wise he has started to build more muscles again and his back is a lot more straight then swayed as before the shots. When you lunge on the left side everything is really good, but when moving to the right side you notice he has issues moving his right back legs in the beginning. After some rounds on that side this is gone again tough. They do say it takes some time for the infuse to work, so maybe it will get better over time and with some training.

I wonder what the answer will be on Friday. On one side I really want to ride again, but on the other I want to wait till I know he can handle it. Till then we will keep marathoning.

“Giiive me more apples, it’s so good!”

X.m

World Mental Health Day

Ola ola,

Today it’s the world mental health day.

Such a heavy topic, but such an important one. Every single day thousands are suffering alone, because they do not dare to talk about it.

A lot of people asks me why I have a horse. Why bother to spend so much time on a hobby.

When I’m around Grumpy or ride, it’s the only time my brain shuts down. It’s silent. I don’t think about ten different things at the same time like I normally do. Even when I sleep I have several dreams a night that I can remember when I wake up, which makes it feel like I haven’t slept at all.

So for me to keep my mental health at bay, I need Grumpy. When people come to me with similar issues, I always tell them to find their silence. The one thing that makes their brain shut off. For me that’s the only time I recharge and make me feel like I can face the world again.

Most of us have someone in our close proximity that is struggling with mental health. Maybe take the time today to send them a message and ask them how they are. Our lives are so busy, we often forget to look further then our own nose and sometimes we don’t realize how important those messages are to the ones close to us.

If you feel your mental health is going down, make sure to visit your doctor to figure out what can be done to make you feel better. You do not need to suffer alone.

X.m

Road to recovery – Day 1

Ola ola,

Today was the first day of road to recovery and our lovely lunging marathon as I like to call it. I’ve decided that Grumpy is going to be rewarded with a forrest ride if we get so far that we can ride again. Cause seeing that lunging arena from the inside 10 days long is definitely not something I’m looking forward to.

But nonetheless it has to be done and today was day 1. I was wondering if I would see any difference right away, but didn’t really know what to expect.

The first thing I noticed was that he stretched his neck more or less from the beginning. Something he normally doesn’t do. After becoming warmed up he moved with more swung then normal as well. As I want to see the difference from day 1 till day 10 I took some photos. Looking forward to see if there will be any!

X.m

When the horse behaves like his owner

Ola ola,

If there is one thing that I really and by really I mean really don’t like. Then it’s needles.

I thought that after watching countless of hours of Botched I would be able to handle the needles going into Grumpy today, but man. Those things are not normal.

The first sedation went positively Ok, he didn’t lift me up as much as he normally does. But let’s just say the rest wasn’t that much of a walk in the park. At a certain point I had to get out for some fresh air as my face was turning all kind of colors. Doesn’t help that I’ve got the worst flue ever. But hey, baby comes first.

Today Grumpy got 4 injections in his back with infection stopper. Then he got an infuse with a liquid that stops the bones from dissolving. For the next week I need to lunge 5 days without specific training tools and then the week after I need to lunge with training tools to make his back stronger. In the meanwhile I need to give him infection stoppers trough his food every day as well.

Luckily I have the sweetest boyfriend who held Grumpy’s head up for half an hour while the infuse was working. And a vet that can laugh of my dramatic ways. Haha

But we survived and that’s the most important.

X.m

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