Don't be a fool, wear a helmet

Close to the stable Mr.Grumpy stays at there is a huge recreational area with a lot of smaller stables surrounding it. I often see many people from these go on hacks with their horses without a helmet on. Generally I think people should do whatever they want, considering its their health their messing with if they fall, however the other day on my hack I came across a riding school on a hack with 10 children and the instructor wasn’t wearing a helmet.

What on earth.

As an instructor your often a person that the children look up to and want to be like. This woman sitting on her horse not wearing a helmet disgusted me. Being such a bad role model. Can you image if this woman had to walk a bit on the asphalt, the horse gets scared, she falls off and the children have the possibility to witness a scattered brain on the pavement. While if she wore a helmet, she might actually be alright. With children involved I truly believe safety should come first.

During the Olympics in Rio the British dressage team decided to make a statement as they all wore helmet/hard hats instead of hats believing they would set a an example for everyone watching. I think its so great that someone on such a big podium tried to show the rest of the world that safety comes before fashion.

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With all the different helmets on the market today, there really is no excuse. I could put in loads of disgusting photos of people having fallen of their horses without a helmet on, but I’ll save you the distress, you get the point.  Wear a helmet please.

X.M
 

To hot to handle 

While the eventing horses all seemed pretty easy to handle and went through the vet-check gracefully, some of the dressage horses seemed to hot to handle:

There is no Norwegian rider, so guess Patrik Kittel will have to be my man. Looking at this photo I’m sure he will win… Haha 

Most of them are also wearing normal sporting clothes compared to the eventers who most of them looked super fancy. However the Netherlands knows what’s up: 

Edward Gal – Glock’s Voice 

Adelinde Corneliussen – Parzival 
Lastly we got the Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin – Valegro from 2012 together with her instructor Carl Hester and Nip tuck. 

As I like the riding style of Charlotte Dujardin best of all of the above my bet is on her. 
X.M

Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro 


At first glance, Valegro isn’t a horse that I typical would fall for. He seems a bit small and clumsy, but once you see Charlotte riding him he turns into this superstar. 
I came across THIS Interview in the New Yorker about where she came from and her and Valegro’s journey together. Definitely worth a read if you find her interesting. I’m secretly hoping she will win in Rio. It would be so well deserved. 
Secretly in hoping that Lelegro, Valegro’s brother just got sold to Hester on Saturday. I guess we will just have to wait and see where he ended up. 

Edward Gal & Glocks Zonik NK 2016

This horse. Its movements. Wow.
Must be insane to sit on a horse with such large movements and so much power. Can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in RIO.
The quality aint the best, but below you can see their freestyle kur at the national championship this last weekend.

15. Wisdoms from Carl Hester 

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Carl Hester is by far one of my favorite dressage riders. His way of keeping his horses and riding style is definitely one I’d like to follow for the future. I found these 15 pearls of wisdom on the site of horse and hound. Love the fact that he bought Valegro for 4000 pounds. The amount that horse is worth today is insane. Anyhow, here are the 15 wisdoms:

1. He buys two horses per year on average — most of these are two and a half year olds.

2. He purchased Valegro as a youngster for £4,000. His bargain price tag was due to the fact he was still entire and not showing many signs of being a future superstar. As soon as Carl purchased him, he had Valegro gelded which improved him dramatically.

3. All of Carl’s young horses live out in the field 24/7.

4. When Carl is looking to buy a youngster he says: “They need to have a good walk and canter as these paces are difficult to markedly improve. We can work with the trot. I also look for expression in its raw form to utilise later in life for grand prix movements. They must be naturally motivated and want to work.”

5. Carl’s youngsters are ridden for no more than 20-30 minutes per day.

6. Carl says a horse with a really good walk is hard to find.

7. Carl doesn’t necessarily want a horse who has a quiet, easy temperament. “I’m not looking for a police horse!” he says.

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8. Transitions within your schooling session are important to keep things varied and interesting.

9. Valegro was nine years old before he could show elasticity and suspension in half-pass.

10. Grand prix horses need to be good at both sitting and pushing in their work: “It is very rare to find a horse who is good at both,” says Carl.

11. “Charlotte Dujardin is very good at riding trot,” says Carl. “She improves the trot of every horse she rides,” he admits.

12. Carl’s yard contains 18 horses who are looked after by five full-time members of staff. “I don’t make a profit from the yard!” he confesses. “But this means that there is fantastic attention to detail in everything we do.”

13. “The one way to keep a horse sound is to keep it moving,” says Carl. His top horses get out of their stables three to four times per day. This usually consists of spending time on the horsewalker, being schooled, spending time in the field, going for a hack or being lunged.

14. Carl’s top horses are warmed up for 30-35 minutes for each schooling session. They then go for a nice walk down the road to warm down after the sessions.

15. “If you want to improve your core strength, ride without stirrups,” says Carl.

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Sandro Boy 9

Even tough I love Mr.Grumpy loads, I wouldn’t mind having this one in my stable. I tried finding photos that made his true beauty shine, but I think you need to see him on telly or so, then he is way better looking then on the photos and of course you can see his amazing movements then. Before I bought Mr.Grumpy I always said I wanted an Oldenburger.


2001. Oldenburg Gelding / Sandro Hit v Argentinus
He is currently being ridden by Lyndal Oatley from Australia.

There is a first for everything.

Woohoo first blog post.

So who is that grumpy horse?

After 3 years riding at a stable on different “stable horses” I decided it was time to buy my own. Looking back I probably would have advised myself to wait a bit so I could learn more about horses before buying one, however my stubborn self decided it was time, so half a year ago Mr. grumpy walked into my life.

Mr grumpy is my sweet 15 year old Zangersheide gelding(x Artos Z) who has a slight tendency to become grumpy if there is something happening that he doesn’t like. He specially hates most other horses as well as rugs. If he didn’t become such a fluffy hairy bear in the winter I would let him stand “naked” all year around.

He is bred as a jumping horse, but we do dressage together as he turns a big cray cray if he has to jump. Unfortunately something happened in his past that made him really scared of jumping, but as I’m not a jumping hero either we fit well together. Even tough we go through life arguing a lot I couldn’t imagine life without him. He makes me laugh everyday.

The last half year has gone by in a whirlwind, and I’ve certainly been on the speed train when it comes to learning about horse handling. As I don’t want to forget everything I’ve learned and our journey together I’ve set up this blog as a online diary. Hopefully we will start our first dressage competition this summer.