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

What to buy on sale

January is known for being the huge sales month in many countries. In the Netherlands several of the largest equestrian sites have their winter sales on at the moment. 

I personally love sales(why wouldn’t you want to buy something for less money. Haha), but I do know there are people that find them to messy or don’t want to buy “outdated” product. However there are certain things that are really smart to buy on the big sales: 

Saddle pads 

I can’t remember the last time I bought a saddle pad at full price. I personally prefer the euro star pads, but at 70 euro I find them too expensive. So I buy a couple of them when the sales is on instead. Like this one for example: 


Kingsland victor saddle pad. Normally 80,- now 40,- at Divoza

Show shirts

I don’t why, but seems that someone decided that showshirts should be redicolous expensive eventough their full of polyester(my favorite fabric -not). Show shirts change little season by season, so you can save quite a lot on buying them at the large sales in winter and summer. For example the ones at Kingsland haven’t changed all year. So why not buy them a bit cheaper?


Kingsland classic show shirt. Normally 45,- now 35,- at De Kroo.

Rugs 

Winter rugs/ turnout rugs are definitely one of the most expensive things we can buy for our horses. Generally the rugs don’t change much from year to year. So if you know that you need a new one next year it can be smart to buy them on the winter sales instead of at the beginning of autumn. At the moment you can even get Bucas rugs up to 30% off which doesn’t happen a lot. 


Bucas 300 gram smartex winter turnout rug – normally 255,- now 178, euro- at Dochorses

Halters 

You always need halters and saving some dollars here and there on them is never bad. Their certainly not expensive, but buying them at 50% off feels better then buying them at full price no?


Schockemöhl Tennessee. Normally 17,95, now 8,98,- at Epplejeck

Boots 

You need boots all year around, but generally they don’t go on sale as much the rest of the year as they do now. So why not buy some at 30-50% as a delayed Christmas gift for yourself? 


Petrie Melbourne – normally 299,- now 199,- at Ooteman

Here you got a list of the sales going on at the moment or coming up: 
Divoza – up to 50% off 

Ooteman – special sale starts 15 January, for now 30% off

Dochorses – up to 30% off on rugs from Rambo, Amigo, Bucas 

Schockemöhl – 50% off certain items 

Epplejeck – winter sale with up to 50% starts Sunday 8 January

X.M

Freezing nosetip 

Today when laying far underneath my woolen blanket after dinner, I really felt like raising the white flag and just wave “it’s to bloody cold to go outside, I’m staying underneath here.”

Unfortunately owning a horse comes with some responsibilities. So after a bit of nagging I managed to get up and into the car. It is bloody cold tough. Mr.Grumpy is currently wearing a 450 gram stable rug together with a 300 gram neck. Even he was so cold today he didn’t flinch an eye when I put it on him again after training. Generally he goes into full diva mode and if your standing at the wrong position you’ll get a tooth or two into you. But today he was like hell yes, bring on the blanket. Ok, he didn’t actually say or portray that, but would be cool if he did. Haha 


He even has a thicker neck on than this right now, but didn’t have a photo of it. 

Lesson went so so, he was very frisky and strong, wouldn’t really take the bit that easy. I have an ugly tendency to become extremely stiff in my shoulders when he does that and I also forget to breath at the same time. Awesome combo. I’m currently very good at holding my breath, which we all know is a very useful competency to have. 


As it was way to cold to hang around at the stable I hurried home to lay underneath my blanket again. Spending some time with my new little kitten. She’s so adorable! 


Now we can celebrate that the “worst day” of the week is almost over 😉 onto the rest of it! 

X.m 

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

Horseware new disc closure 

Last week the big horse fair Spoga was held in Cologne. All the large horse brands goes there to show off their new product releases for the winter. 
One of the interesting news was the new disc closure that Horseware will be adding to their rugs. Instead of the regular closure the new one will be in the form of a disc on the chest as you can see below :

Would be interesting to see how this works in real life as I guess you can then close it from both sides instead of one. The idea behind it is that it’s supposed to remove the pressure form the front of the chest of the horse, provide easier movement and let the horse graze more easily. Below you can read some facts: 

I’m personally a big fan of the Horseware rugs, so hopefully this will make them even better. The only issue I see is that Mr.Grumpy hates rugs and I’m guessing with this closure it will take a bit more time to close them aka more time to get bitten by him. Haha. 
You will already see this closure on some of this winters rugs. 
X.M

Walker rugs

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Since the Netherlands is truly showing itself from its most beautiful side today(irony- its been raining all day), I remembered that I need to buy a walker rug for when I lunge Mr.Grumpy in the rain. Generally I find walker rugs such a first world problem product, but for Mr.Teddybear Grumpy they do come in handy. In the autumn/winter it takes so long for him to dry because of his long coat(he cant be shaved either because he’s a dramaqueen) so I end up spending ages at the stable literally looking at him dry so I can put on his winter rug. Yes I do know I can put hay in between, but I’m a bit particular about him being dry before I leave. So the solution is for him not to get to wet, aka a walker rug. I’ve had a look around, and there definitely are many different ones depending on what you want. Below you can find a wide selection of them including the price and links to were to buy them:

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Bucas Irish walker rug – 89 euro

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Amigo Walker. This one comes in two different versions 100 gram 80 euro and 200 gram 104 euro. There is meant to come one without filling this year, but I couldn’t find it now.

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Pfiff walker rug – 55.40 euro QHP

QHP walker rug – 79.95 euro (2oo gram)

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Horze Walker rug – 63.71 euro (200 gram)

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Riders Pro walker rug – 60 euro

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Rambo Softshell rug – 115 euro

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Waldhausen walker rug – 64.95 euro

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Bucas shamrock power walker rug  – 86 euro

Im considering buying the Rambo as I think this will be the best for lunging, the price is just turning me off a bit..

X.M