If I had to choose my favourite people in the horse world, it probably would be Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester. A lot of their ideas and beliefs around horsemanship are the same as mine. I love how they turn their horses out for the whole day together and how they generally keep their horses with hacks every week and food schedule. People nowadays seem to keep their horses in their boxes all day and wonder why they are so crazy when they go riding. To me that equation is very simple, luckily Carl Hester seems to think the same way. The video below shows this beautiful stable and how they keep their horses. Definitely worth a watch!
Time for another update round. I realised I had talked a lot about rugs in the last posts, so I figured I would provide an update on where Grumpy is in his progress right now and how everything is going.
To be honest, early last week we had a bit of a dumper. I found him stiff and unmotivated. Though looking back, it was probably a bit because of a virus he got a couple of weeks ago. For the last few days he’s been doing really good and is happy and awake.
As he is now building more muscles with lunging I am able to give him harder work-out’s compared to the beginning. In the beginning if I used lunge aids he would struggle with moving well or even forward. This issue is now gone with the right amount of build-up, which I’m really happy to see.
I have also changed his feed a little bit. I was feeding him quite heavy sport muesli, but have now changed it to a lighter form, which seems to lift his spirits a bit as well. Yesterday he was piaffing beside me as he came out of the paddock, something I’ve not seen in months.
In two weeks I’m allowed to ride again for the first time. So hoping the arrow is now shooting upwards and everything from here on out will be a breeze.
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 🤦🏼♀️
So. You have those rugs that I deem necessary, like the winter rugs and raincoat. Then you have those that you buy because you see it on sale and buy it while you do not really need it.
This walker rug from Rambo – Horseware was definitely one of those buys. I saw it on sale this summer and for some reason I really felt I needed it. Since it was pouring down today I took it for a test ride when walking to the lunging arena and walking about afterwards. To be honest the rug is really well made as you can expect from Horseware. It got a fleece inside and a water repellant outer layer. I didn’t dare to lunge with it as I’m afraid Grumpy would get his feet in the surcingles. Although its nice, it’s not a rug that you need at all. I do like the way it makes Grumpy look like he is wearing a superman coat tough. hoho
On another note, Grumpy was really stiff and slow today. I can’t really blame him as it has been such bad weather and it suddenly went from a decent warmth to really freaking cold. Tomorrow he has a day off with cuddles and walks before we start training properly for the next two weeks before I can ride again. Almost there, almost there!
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!
Yesterday boyfriend came with me to the stable and the thing I never thought would happen, happened!
If you had to put horse owners into categories, I would be placed in the category of : “Horse owner who buys the horse too much stuff” Grumpy has more jackets and boots than myself. Normally when the doorbell rings you can hear my boyfriend sigh “have you bought horse stuff again?” , which normally gets the answer “it’s my money!”. I will of course never admit that he is right, Grumpy gets way to much stuff.
Though yesterday, boyfriend held up the field halter of Grumpy and expressed “this thing needs to be thrown in the trash!”. Believe me, this is words i’ll probably never hear again. But he was right, that halter has seen its better days.
As the good girlfriend I am, I went straight on the internet to see if I could find a new one. I had to buy new Superflex powder for Grumpy as well, so I tried to find a site that I could get 20% off to make it a tad bit cheaper. Luckily Dochorse that discount code for this weekend, so I decided to buy halter from there as well. Below you can see the selected one : Equ-all Nylon Halter. Apparently it’s a bit fancy, with an extra opening at the nose. I don’t particularly need this, but its great for younger horses or when you are grooming.
At least I’ve got an answer this time when the package will be delivered… hoho
I am having the most lazy Sunday ever. After 3 days of busy socialising I’ve been spending the whole day on the sofa watching tv. Sometimes those are the best Sundays to be had. However the point of this post is to talk about Grumpy’s new rug and not my lazy ways.
As you can imagine, boyfriend did raise a brow when I bought this one. Considering my trunk is filled up to the brim with rugs he did not think I needed another one. I probably could have survived without, but I simply choose not to. haha
Since the summer has really stretched out here in the Netherlands, I felt I needed a rug that could cater to the cold mornings, but warmer days. In the beginning I did want to buy the 50 gram Bucas Celtic rug, but considering the price is above 100 euro, I felt I didn’t want to spend that much money on a rug that was only for a couple of weeks.
After thorough searching, I came across the new Highliner stable rug from Harry’s Horse. I’ve never owned any rugs from this line before, but several stable mates have had them and they always look good. It was more or less the only rug I could find that was 0 gram, had a fleece inner and was well put together. With 25% at Divoza, the rug turned out to be 50 euro. You might ask me why I didn’t just go for a summer rug, but I must admit I do not like the summer rugs on sale at the moment. The fabric of the Bucas one comes across terrible to me and I ended up giving away the one I had last year. This one feel like you get way more for your money.
As said it has a fleece inner, two surcingles under the belly as well as two around the back legs, and protection for neck and tail. I was really surprised of the quality for the price I paid. I did have to change it for a smaller size as they do fit very large, but the fit overall is very nice. Grumpy is normally a size 195, in this one he is a 185.
If you are looking for a rug for the months where the weather is really in between hot and cold this is a great rug for a good price.
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!
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.
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.