The road to recovery

Ola ola,

Now that I finally know what’s wrong with Grumpy I can focus on recovery. Even tough I know I can’t take away the things he has, I want to make the rest of his years as nice as possible for him.

The one thing the vet told me before leaving the clinic was that it’s important that even if I can’t ride at the moment, Grumpy can’t stay to long in his box. The longer he stands still, the stiffer he will become. But how do you do that when you work 40 hours a week?

Luckily we are stabled at a full service stable which puts him in the paddock for a couple of hours every morning. Then around lunch time my boyfriend puts him in the walker and in the paddock for a little. At around 6 I finish work and I either lunge, let him go for another round in the paddock or try to make fun games with him and ending it with a walk.

It’s a bit of a commitment, but I’m already noticing he is becoming less stiff and moves better when lunging. Tomorrow I’m calling the vet for the appointment to set the injections. From there on we can start looking at building his muscles again. I can’t wait to see if it will work or not.

I got this picture from the stable this morning when they put Grumpy outside for his morning chat with his friends. So pretty!

X.m

Kissing spine and arthritis

Ola ola,

A couple of days has gone since we visited the clinic and I’ve finally landed a little.

The days leading up to the visit I was walking around with stomach ache and loads of anxiety, cause in the back of my mind I knew the visit wouldn’t make me happy.

The visit in itself wasn’t that bad. The vet looked trough him thoroughly with taking loads of photos and echos to make sure he had done everything and checked everything. The last half hour was probably the worst, going trough every single photo and hearing him explaining everything he saw. Most was good, but then there was the news I didn’t want to hear.

I knew when I bought Grumpy that he had a bad back. I could have left him standing right there and then, but as you know. You fall in love and then there is no turning back. His back luckily haven’t changed that much. The back has become a tiny bit worse, but if you consider the 3 year gap, I thought it would be worse.

Then there was the one thing I didn’t want to hear. Grumpy has arthritis in his sacroiliac joint. The part that joins the back with the legs. As a natural reaction I told the vet I never wanted to ride him again. It’s against my interest to sit on a horse that has pain. However after calming down a bit, talking to a few people and reading about it I realized that it’s not the end of the world. No, I cannot remove it, but I can try to make it better.

It also explains a lot of the issues I’ve had. The lifting of the tail when riding, the problems with left canter. I thought I was going crazy, but there actually was an explanation.

The plan for now is to try inflammation injections to see if that will help. My vet wants to try an infusion, but of course my insurance is standing on their back legs and doesn’t want to pay it. So we shall see.

I tried to research a lot about this when I heard about it, but couldn’t find much. So I’ll take you along for the ride. At the moment I am not riding him till he has had his injections, but we are trying to find fun things to do to keep him moving instead of just lunging. If you have any tips, please let me know!

X.m

Waiting

Ola ola,

I thought we had entered autumn, but seems like it’s been put on hold. Grumpy already has a bit of autumn fur and is rather sweaty now with our sudden warm weather.

But that aside, Friday we are going to the clinic. For the last couple of months we’ve been back and forward trying to figure out why he is not walking like he used to. He is normal in walk and canter, but the minute you try to trot he tries to curl himself up and doesn’t want to move forward. Then he keeps doing that for a minute before he suddenly trots completely normal again. From the ground you can clearly see that his back legs take shorter strides for a while. The weird thing is that for the rest of the ride you won’t notice anything and he is back to normal.

I could potentially just go on and keep riding him, but I feel it’s my duty to him as his owner to figure it what it is before it gets worse. For all I know it could be a muscle issue as the arena’s at the current stable is a lot different from the old one, but it could also be something more serious. I must admit I’m a bit scared of the results, but I rather want to know what it is then keep thinking about it. First and foremost I do not want Grumpy to have any pain and depending on that we will make whatever decision is needed.

So keep your thumbs twisted for Friday, until then, have a good week!

X.m

A Sunday after my own heart

Ola ola,

On one side I’m not entirely sure I am loving this colder weather, but on the other side today we really enjoyed it.

As I came home from a festival at 05.00 last night I decided to take it slow today. He’s been training well all week, so he deserved a day off. This meant that Grumpy got to play outside. There was a big water puddle in his paddock after all the rain yesterday, which I thought he would love. I was majorly mistaken, he wasn’t even slightly interested in it. He did decide to roll on one side. Then he found it was to cold so didn’t not roll over. Haha

After cleaning up the mess we went to the solarium. He had never tried this one, but went in bravely and enjoyed it for 20 min.

For the rest he got one to many candies and I cleaned up my closet while he was eating his afternoon food. I really wish I could win the lottery so that I could do this everyday, but then I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much anymore.

Happy Sunday everyone!

X.m

Body Parts don’t fit together

Holy moly,

Sometimes I wonder if my legs are actually connected to my body.

After fixing the saddle last week Grumpy was moving so well, until yesterday. All I simply wanted to do was to move my left leg a bit back, put pressure with my right leg, keep my hands still and have him go into left canter, but no, no no no no no. I’ve been given a body who does not coordinate what so ever.

Body :”You want to move that left leg? Oh I’ll just push your arms forward then so you lose connection with your horse”

Grumpy is trying his best to understand what I mean, but he is going all over the place. Gosh I am happy he has not kicked me off yet, which most horses would.

Sometimes I really wonder why I didn’t decide to play chess or something that didn’t need body coordination. Would have made my life so much simpler.

But as my mom always said when I came crying, “practice makes queen” so gotta bite my teeth together and believe the process. Tomorrow I’m leaving for Norway for a couple of days, but once I’m back it’s back to bootcamp. Even if I need to cry my way trough it, I’m bloody gonna get that coordination together.

If you got any tips on how to fix it, let me know!

Essentials summer 2018

Ola,

I think we can all agree that this summer has been pretty much insane. And considering it likes to rain in the Netherlands I’ll try my best not to complain about it.

This weather has made me buy two things I never thought I would buy. Or I didn’t buy them, boyfriend was kind enough to go to the store while I was at work. So all props to him

First thing on the shopping list was a fly mask. Normally Grumpy doesn’t care to much about flies, but this year their exceptionally bad. As a fly mask newbie I had no idea what to buy, so I went for the mask below from Bucas. It’s the freedom fly mask which costs about 14.95 euro. Grumpy got a small head for a horse so he has size medium. They run rather big.

The second item he picked up was the Naf Electro lytes for electrolytes. Grumpy hasn’t sweated so much lately, so I have a feeling he is missing a bit of salt. It was the only one they had left at the store, so no idea if it’s great or not, but we shall see. He had no problem eating it and the packaging is easy to use. Costs 14.95 euro as well.

Hopefully these items will make Grumpies life a little better. He seemed to already enjoy the mask. No flies for us.

X.m

Grumpy isn’t grumpy anymore

Ola ola,

After a rather long day at work I was met at the stable by a loud whinny from Grumpy. If that doesn’t make you smile as a horse lover, then little will.

As I had one hour of sleep last night, he got a day off today. I’ll also make the excuse that this weather is a tad bit to warm for a Viking like me at the moment. Grumpy on the other hand seems to enjoy it loads and is becoming more awake by the day.

After having a walk in the walker and a shower I turned him out on the land. It took him exactly ten minutes before he wanted to come in again because of all the flies. So tomorrow I’m heading for the store for a flying mask. I’ve never had this issue before now, but there is so many flies at the moment it’s almost impossible not to get one.

I also must admit that the grumpy, Grumpy is gone. The “old” man is enjoying life and I rarely see him put his ears in his neck anymore. He is not a super fan of the mare beside him, but for the rest he says hello to everyone and wants to cuddle. It’s interesting to see how a change of scenery can change a horse so much. Today I put a bucket of carrots and apple juice/water outside and as he ate, a horse came close by. Before this would mean war and he would attack, but now he couldn’t care less and keeps eating.

Makes a horsemommy heart very happy.

X.m

Happy face

Ola,

How bad isn’t it that our mood gets so affected by our riding?

For the past month me and Grumpy has been on different planets. He went left when I wanted to go right and he stopped when I wanted to go forward. It was not sexy, not sexy at all.

Somewhere a long the lines I realized that I had been sleeping. The warm weather made me give him some more days off then I should have and generally I had been lazy. So I decided to get my shit together, in lack of different words and start working again.

Today I finally got a bit of payback for my work. For the last month it felt like I had to carry Grumpy, while today he decided to use his own legs. What a feeling. When he decides to do that, I don’t need to look like a wild monkey on his back either and can focus on sitting a bit better and hold my hands where they should be.

So back to my initial sentence. How happy don’t you feel when you’ve had a good ride? Gosh. I would almost pay to have a good ride every day. Haha

X.m

Euro-star venti legging

Interesting interesting

I must admit that this is the first time I have ever seen a half legged leggings for horse riding. I can’t think of any other brand that has done this until now. But Euro-star has.

The idea behind this legging is that when it turns summer and the weather gets to warml, you will have a shorter legged riding breech that keeps you ventilated. This particular pair is called Venti 3/4 legging. So instead of having a full pair, you would only need to wear socks up until your knee.

What do you think? Would this be something you would use? I must admit I don’t use such leggings for normal training, so I doubt I’ll spend my money on these ones.

X.m

Schockemohle Clincher

Ola ola,

This weekend I was on a weekend away. As I lay with a nice drink in my hand on the beach(completely not relevant), I get a message from my boyfriend.

“Have you been shopping again? ”

Although I admit I can often go on a shopping spree I hadn’t ordered something in a while. So I asked him to send me a picture of the content of the box.

To my surprise is contained a clincher browband from Schockemohle that I ordered, wait for it:

2 bloody years ago.

Haha

I can’t believe it! I was on vacation in Marbella back then and looked all over the internet for this clincher. After hours of looking I found it on a Dutch webshop and decided to order it. After two weeks of waiting I sent an email, but never got an answer and afterwards I saw the site was down. I’ve got no idea why the shop decided to send it after two years, but I really don’t need it anymore.

Maybe I can make any of my readers happy? It’s a classic Schockemohle Clincher in gold, size Cob. Holla if your interested.

X.m