A while ago I started using a lunge girth when lunging Grumpy, but I felt a bit insecure about using the ropes. So today I had a lesson with my trainer.
Grumpy is a horse that loves walking on his forehand instead of using his back legs. Which in return isn’t good for his back at all and his backlegs kinda just dribbles along. Not the best look. So today my trainer showed me some techniques to get him more forward and on his backlegs. I have noticed that since I’ve started using the girth he has built a lot more backmuscles, which is really important for him. He still has a long way to go, but we have at least started moving. I need to work on becoming a bit more dominant which became very apparent as my trainer only had to say hoopla and he started cantering. So if anyone got “dominance” tips, feel free to share them.
He was pretty sweaty after the lesson, so I let him chill out and roll around in the sand before he got a good brush.
Girth, ropes and underlayer all from Harry’s Horses.
So its time for another round of Same Same, but different. This time I’ve found two pairs of jodhpurs who are basically identical to each other, except for the price and brand of course.
The Harry’s horse smart airsystem can be bought HERE.
The Ariat heritage lace paddock 4lr can be bought HERE.
Both jodhpurs come in cow leather, shock absorbing, airy and waterproof(as far as leather boots are waterproof that is). But as you can see the price is pretty different at 90,- versus 160,- euro. In this round I actually think the version from Harry’s Horses win, I think it looks just a tad bit sleeker in a way. Which would you choose?
Yesterday I was enjoying watching combinations ride at the dressage competition at my barn the whole day. Mr.Grumpy has done plenty of competitions, both in jumping,crossing as well as dressage, but I’ve never done one before. However while watching all of these combinations I started thinking that I would like to give it a go to.
I do already own the white breeches and white saddle pad that you need, but I would still need a competition jacket and shirt. They really do come in all sorts of prices, but I must say that I most likely won’t pay more then 100 euro for one. The only issue for me is that I’m pretty small and compact, wearing a normal blazer for me is a nightmare, let alone finding one. I did have a look online to see if I could find some nice ones, but will have to go to the store this weekend to see how they fit. Below you can see a selection of some in various prices.
From top left:
- Equi-theme white softshell – 145 euro
- Busse Gera Soft – 130 euro
- Equi-theme color softshell – 140 euro
- Harry’s Horses Jewels – 99 euro
- Harry’s Horses superstar – 99 euro
- Imperial Riding snowfall softshell – 174 euro
- Kingsland Casual – 164 euro
- Kingston Arena ladies – 90 euro
- Pikeur Tosca – 220 euro
- Spooks stripes – 280 euro
I really like the blue Equi-theme one!