Aztec diamond S17 

Good evening,

Hope you’ve had a nice weekend!

How nice isn’t this summer line from Aztec Diamond equestrian? It’s an English brand started by a really young equestrian. I like the clean lines and simple expression. Sometimes equestrian clothing is so full of bling and prints, but this one is really classy. The photos are great to. I haven’t seen it been sold here in the Netherlands yet, but you can buy it online. 


X.M

2016 – a up and down year

We are almost at the end of 2016, which means it’s time for a year summary! 

It’s the first full year that I’ve been the owner of Mr.Grumpy. It’s been a year with ups and downs and even tough I’ve had a few times that I thought “gosh, now you’re being put up for sale”, I couldn’t imagine my life without him. 

January – February 

January and February was spent doing loads of private lessons. Generally we spent the lessons laughing, specially since I never managed to get into left canter and would swear A L O T. I was such a newbie at this point. 


March

Finally I bought a new saddle. The old one killed my back and wasn’t good for Mr.Grumpy so it was good for both for us. The riding went so so as I was very tired. Thankfully I have a very understanding instructor that would let me have slow lessons as I didn’t have much energy to give more. Luckily for me Mr.Grumpy had Nicolette that would take him out for hacks and generally take great care of him. 

Finally spring was around the corner as well and the rugs were left back in the closet when he went outside!


April – May

Because I has been so tired I had some extra time off in April and May. The time was spent letting Mr.Grumpy out everyday. We also took part in some clinics and our riding was becoming better little by little. 

The weather was great during this periode so I also learned to lunge him without a rope by his old owner which was a lot of fun. 


June

June must have gone by in a second as I can’t remember much of what we did together. It was the month I bought my new boots which gave me the worst flesh wound ever. We also spent a lot of time riding outside. 


July – August 

July and August wasn’t great for us. Mr.Grumpy started coughing and suddenly his fur was very tick. When riding he was extremely slow, lost all of his muscles and didn’t seem happy. Within a two week periode the vet was called in 3 times I think, all for different reasons. We started suspecting that he has Cushing as it was way to warm for his tick fur. I cried my eyes out to the vet as I thought we had to put him down, I literally didn’t stop for two hours. Haha( miss overdramatic over here). We did manage to get in some nice rides and I went on my first proper hack though. 


September – October 

In September Mr.Grumpy still wasn’t himself. So we changed his food and vitamins in hope that it would make it better. The vet let us know that his back was being very bad so we had to start lunging 3 times a week. For the rest I spent a lot of time cantering in the forest and generally trying to make things more pleasant for him. In October the virus finally started to lift. The fur started to shed and he started feeling a lot better. We also got to know that he didn’t have Cushing(ppid) at all. We could finally start to look forward. 


November – December 

November and December was spent doing  a lot of group lessons. It was the first time I finally felt we had a good flow in our riding and that we were becoming more of a team. Our riding now compared to the beginning of the year is a world of difference. It has become so much better. 

Mr.Grumpy finally started growing proper muscles again and had more energy. It did end a bit on a low note as Mr.Grumpy became sick, but hopefully it will lift quickly and we can continue learning and growing in 2017.  


A long read, but if you came this far, I hope you enjoyed it. 

X.M

Steal of the week

I wish I would be horse riding right now, but instead I’m laying on the sofa like a half dead whale. Unfortunately the cold plague that is ruling the Netherlands at the moment found its next victim. 
But hey, the good thing about colds is that they generally go away and hopefully I’m then done for the year(crossing fingers and toes.haha) 
Anyway, enough about the cold and on to something more fun. In the Divoza package I received yesterday there were also a box with a pair of jodhpurs in it. I’ve been drooling over the ones from Petrie for a while, but never found my size so when I saw these for that price I decided to get them again. My last pair is the exact same model and they are really nice. They are made of real leather and the quality is good. For 37 euros one can’t really complain. You only have to go up one size as they run small. 

You can buy them at Divoza for 37.40,-. And if you’re like me and wear this type of boot as a fashion item, then just cut of the two “tags” and they can be worn with jeans and so forth as well. Saves quite a lot of money as the same model in real leather will cost you over 100 euro,-.
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Equestrian outfits

Below you can see a bunch of lovely equestrian outfits. A part of me really wish I was as keen to match as they are, but in all honesty: I’ve got 6 black riding pants and generally just throw on whatever sweater I got close by. and they all use bandages. pfft. Guess the Swedes love their bandages(They are all Swedish). Love me some inspiration once in a while though and their horses are so pretty to look at.

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Gina Tricot Equestrian Collection 

A lot of product talk today, but this is coming from my home turf, so I’ve got an excuse. 
Gina tricot is probably not known for most outside of Scandinavia. They have loads of stores there and a few in Germany I believe. They are mostly known for their everyday affordable fashion which you can buy online from all over the world.
In Sweden they are also quite big in the equestrian scene and sponsors several huge events every year including some riders. This year in corporation with the Elmia Scandinavian horse show they have brought out a affordable equestrian collection including some typical horse riding clothes as well as more fashion forwarded pieces. The pieces you see below will be sold exclusively online or at the horse show 26 till 30th of October. 

Aztec diamond 

When you start looking around on the Internet, there is so many different equestrian brand. Specially America,UK and Sweden has a lot of new brands that has loads of nice product. Recently I came across a rather new brand from UK called Aztec Diamond which was launched in 2014. What I’ve noticed in the Netherlands is that a lot of the brands that are big here are super old fashioned, bad digital wise and generally just not fashion forward. This brand is all those things, just check out the images below. Don’t think they sell in the Netherlands yet, but oh well, the images are pretty too. 

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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