Turning circles 

Today was the normal lunge day for Mr.Grumpy. At the moment he is being lunged twice a week so that he get his movement in without putting pressure on his back. 

I was all excited that that I was going to film how he is moving now compared to a couple of months ago. Unfortunately someone with blonde hair forgot that it would be really dark outside before I even managed to get to the stable. So the video will have to wait. 

He is overall moving a lot better at the moment. Once a week I do it with lungehelp and once a week not so that he will learn to relax his neck without help. So far we are moving closer to the ground(his head that is) every week, which is really interesting to see. As I couldn’t take any photo of it, here is a little vitamin tips instead. 

During the summer Mr.Grumpy became a hairy monster and I didn’t understand why. One of the things I changed was his biotine vitamins. I came across the brand Equistro on the vlogs of Jill Huijbreghts. I’ve also seen it work it’s wonder on another horse at the stable.  Nowadays Mr.Grumpy looks so good and the hairs are kept at a minimum plus his hoofs are so much better. 


You can buy it at several stores in the Netherlands, but you can find it the cheapest at Agradi. One pot costs 48euro, which seems a lot, but it lasts for two months instead of one month like most vitamin pots. 



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Winter stable rugs guide 2016/2017

Even tough I would like summer to last forever, it unfortunately doesn’t and winter is upon us. The weather man even told me that it will be as cold as 4c during the night next week. This means its time to look at winter rugs.

One can become dizzy when you look at all the rugs at the marked at the moment. There is so many different ones, depending on what you need. In this post I have chosen to look at winter stable rugs in different prices and grams. It will start at 50 gram and move upwards.

Here you can see a small temperature guide which can give you  an indication on when to put on which rugs.

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Please note that some of the rugs below have the option to be combinated with a liner, but I have chosen not to include this info and only focus on that specific rug. However if you are interested in these, then you should check out the websites of Bucas and Horseware as these are the two brands offering this at the moment. I personally do not like it as I’ve found that the liners end up sliding and not laying well.

I’ve chosen not to say which ones are best as everyone has a different preference, though Bucas and Horseware is known for being the best in the business, but it depends how nice your horse is to his/her rug and what type of style and needs you have. I personally use mostly Horseware Amigo as these fit well on Mr.Grumpy and price/duration is good. Of course there are plenty more brands and rugs out there then the rugs below, but these are the most common ones at the moment. By the way, surprises me that neither Eskadron or BR rugs are easy to find, they are available, but I’ve looked at 10 different sites and none of these were selling rugs from these two brands. Get your game on guys.

I will by the way do turnout rug guide for those horses living outside or being outside a lot in another post.

So lets get into it. What winter stable rugs can you get at the moment:(PS.link to where you can buy it in the name of the rug) :

50 gram 

Bucas Irish stable – 85 euro
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100 gram 

Epplejeck Cameron – 57 euro
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Bucas Celtic Stable rug light – 140 euro
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150 gram 

Kerbl Rugbe Indoor – 40 euro
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Horse ware Amigo Mio – 65 euro
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Bucas Freedom stable rug – 76 euro – This one also comes in 300 gram – 85 euro
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200 gram 

PAGONY DELUXE II – 30 euro
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Premiere stable rug – 50 euro
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Harry’s Horse Highliner 200 gram – 65 euro
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Amigo Insulator Medium – 112 euro (also available without neck for 65 euro)
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Rambo Rhino Medium stable – 140 euro
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250 gram 

Amigo Stable Vari-Layer Plus Medium – 125 euro
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B Vertigo Corey – 189 euro
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300/350 gram

Vantaggio Jive – 50 euro
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Pagony Pro Stable – 90 euro
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Anky Stable – 150 euro
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Harry’s Horse Highliner
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Horse Avalanche 350 gram – 90 euro
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Amigo Insulator Heavy with neck(350 gram) – 120 euro(I am buying this for Grumpy this winter)
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Bucas Freedom 300 gram – 94 euro
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Bucas Irish 300 gram – 98 euro
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400/450 gram 

Rambo stable cosy (400 gram)- 160 euro
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Rambo Stable Plus (450 gram) – 182 euro
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500 gram 

Harry’s horse Highliner – 80 euro
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Don’t forget that overtime you properly clean your rug about 50grams goes off it. Several stores currently have 20-25% off, so if you need a new rug now is the time to get one.
Hope you enjoyed the guide!
X.M

The rain coat test 

I do fully understand if you want to declear me as crazy for doing this, but at the end of the day, the crazy got it good they say. Haha 

Today it was time to test the new rain coat on Mr.Grumpy. And I must say that for 11 euro’s I was quite impressed with the quality. It’s pretty thick plastic that would definitely keep the rain out. 
It’s literally a big plastic sheet with a loop at the back for the tail and in the front it has four closures. At first I thought Mr.Grumpy would react to the sound and the way it looked as it makes quite a lot of that plastic noise like a plastic bag that you crush together, but he was surprisingly calm and didn’t seem to care much. 
It wasn’t raining when I put him in the walker, but I just wanted to check if the sides would fly up or if he would react, but again he was cool as a cucumber and just went on a little stroll. 

I quickly noticed an issue though. Because there is no closure underneath the stomach, the sheet will slide down on one side and probably eventually fall off. So I will have to get creative and put in an elastic closure myself to stop it from sliding.

Overall it was totally worth the money, I will just have to fix the little problem with it sliding off. And no, this is not his normal turnout rug, this is only for when it’s raining and he needs to warm up in the walker before saddling up. If you want the same one it costs 11 euro at Agradi and the brand is Pro rider. 
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Preparing for the rain 

Currently Mr.Grumpy has to warm up in the walker before riding as it makes his muscles and back looser before you put your wheight on him. Of course this is no problem in the summer when the sun is shining, but having to do it in the winter when it’s poring down is another story. 
So I had a think about what rug I could put on him while he warmed up. Generally I saddle him up before so both he and the saddle gets a bit warmed up. The only issue with that is that a saddle generally don’t fit under a turnout rug and you’ll end up ruining your saddle. I even had a laugh with some ladies at the stable the other day that I probably would have to make my own rug. I was even considering doing it, but then I came across the rug below: 

At first I laughed it off, but it’s actually everything I need. The saddle fits perfectly under it and for 10 min in the walker it’s more then good enough. And the best thing about it? It was 11 euro at Agradi. 11 euro and then I even got a free magic brush with it. Oh happy days. 

I have a similar rain coat for myself so now we can match. How cute. Haha 
Since I was already ordering I also made sure to order new gloves. The ones I have literally smelled like rotten fish(sexy hey)and was full of holes so it was time for new ones. 

Ariat tek grip gloves. 
The only ones that doesn’t give me loose tips on the end of my fingers. Can’t stand when that happens. My cat found them highly interesting as well, she wouldn’t go out of the photo. 
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