The road to recovery

Ola ola,

Now that I finally know what’s wrong with Grumpy I can focus on recovery. Even tough I know I can’t take away the things he has, I want to make the rest of his years as nice as possible for him.

The one thing the vet told me before leaving the clinic was that it’s important that even if I can’t ride at the moment, Grumpy can’t stay to long in his box. The longer he stands still, the stiffer he will become. But how do you do that when you work 40 hours a week?

Luckily we are stabled at a full service stable which puts him in the paddock for a couple of hours every morning. Then around lunch time my boyfriend puts him in the walker and in the paddock for a little. At around 6 I finish work and I either lunge, let him go for another round in the paddock or try to make fun games with him and ending it with a walk.

It’s a bit of a commitment, but I’m already noticing he is becoming less stiff and moves better when lunging. Tomorrow I’m calling the vet for the appointment to set the injections. From there on we can start looking at building his muscles again. I can’t wait to see if it will work or not.

I got this picture from the stable this morning when they put Grumpy outside for his morning chat with his friends. So pretty!

X.m

Essentials summer 2018

Ola,

I think we can all agree that this summer has been pretty much insane. And considering it likes to rain in the Netherlands I’ll try my best not to complain about it.

This weather has made me buy two things I never thought I would buy. Or I didn’t buy them, boyfriend was kind enough to go to the store while I was at work. So all props to him

First thing on the shopping list was a fly mask. Normally Grumpy doesn’t care to much about flies, but this year their exceptionally bad. As a fly mask newbie I had no idea what to buy, so I went for the mask below from Bucas. It’s the freedom fly mask which costs about 14.95 euro. Grumpy got a small head for a horse so he has size medium. They run rather big.

The second item he picked up was the Naf Electro lytes for electrolytes. Grumpy hasn’t sweated so much lately, so I have a feeling he is missing a bit of salt. It was the only one they had left at the store, so no idea if it’s great or not, but we shall see. He had no problem eating it and the packaging is easy to use. Costs 14.95 euro as well.

Hopefully these items will make Grumpies life a little better. He seemed to already enjoy the mask. No flies for us.

X.m

Grumpy isn’t grumpy anymore

Ola ola,

After a rather long day at work I was met at the stable by a loud whinny from Grumpy. If that doesn’t make you smile as a horse lover, then little will.

As I had one hour of sleep last night, he got a day off today. I’ll also make the excuse that this weather is a tad bit to warm for a Viking like me at the moment. Grumpy on the other hand seems to enjoy it loads and is becoming more awake by the day.

After having a walk in the walker and a shower I turned him out on the land. It took him exactly ten minutes before he wanted to come in again because of all the flies. So tomorrow I’m heading for the store for a flying mask. I’ve never had this issue before now, but there is so many flies at the moment it’s almost impossible not to get one.

I also must admit that the grumpy, Grumpy is gone. The “old” man is enjoying life and I rarely see him put his ears in his neck anymore. He is not a super fan of the mare beside him, but for the rest he says hello to everyone and wants to cuddle. It’s interesting to see how a change of scenery can change a horse so much. Today I put a bucket of carrots and apple juice/water outside and as he ate, a horse came close by. Before this would mean war and he would attack, but now he couldn’t care less and keeps eating.

Makes a horsemommy heart very happy.

X.m

Happy face

Ola,

How bad isn’t it that our mood gets so affected by our riding?

For the past month me and Grumpy has been on different planets. He went left when I wanted to go right and he stopped when I wanted to go forward. It was not sexy, not sexy at all.

Somewhere a long the lines I realized that I had been sleeping. The warm weather made me give him some more days off then I should have and generally I had been lazy. So I decided to get my shit together, in lack of different words and start working again.

Today I finally got a bit of payback for my work. For the last month it felt like I had to carry Grumpy, while today he decided to use his own legs. What a feeling. When he decides to do that, I don’t need to look like a wild monkey on his back either and can focus on sitting a bit better and hold my hands where they should be.

So back to my initial sentence. How happy don’t you feel when you’ve had a good ride? Gosh. I would almost pay to have a good ride every day. Haha

X.m

Schockemohle Clincher

Ola ola,

This weekend I was on a weekend away. As I lay with a nice drink in my hand on the beach(completely not relevant), I get a message from my boyfriend.

“Have you been shopping again? ”

Although I admit I can often go on a shopping spree I hadn’t ordered something in a while. So I asked him to send me a picture of the content of the box.

To my surprise is contained a clincher browband from Schockemohle that I ordered, wait for it:

2 bloody years ago.

Haha

I can’t believe it! I was on vacation in Marbella back then and looked all over the internet for this clincher. After hours of looking I found it on a Dutch webshop and decided to order it. After two weeks of waiting I sent an email, but never got an answer and afterwards I saw the site was down. I’ve got no idea why the shop decided to send it after two years, but I really don’t need it anymore.

Maybe I can make any of my readers happy? It’s a classic Schockemohle Clincher in gold, size Cob. Holla if your interested.

X.m

Schoolrider syndrome

Yep, I’ve made my own syndrome. Schoolrider syndrome is when you’ve been used to riding in group lessons and you move to a place where there is none and you forget how to horse ride. Sounds silly, but when your so used to ride around in circles, having someone tell you what to do every time, you become a lazy rider.

Now that I finally have a fitting saddle it was time to deal with the “I’m going to fool you all day long and not work” attitude of Grumpy. Which generally meant finding any possible way to make me work super hard, and not him.

Last week I started training properly with a trainer again and finally got the joy back in riding. It’s been so much back and forward that today I suddenly heard in the ear set “Maria I know your happy he is moving forward, but please remember to ride instead of just smiling” I totally had a moment of total blissfulness when feeling that he wanted to work again.

We are really far off from where we should be, but if things go like they do today we are on the right track. Hopefully by the end of the summer we can start thinking about competitions.(knock on wood).

I also got my first equestrian tan today. And gosh it ain’t pretty. Gotta love the gloveline. Hoho

Photos from another day, but this is generally our days right now. Enjoying and showering 🙂

X.m

And I’m back

Ola Ola,

I remember when I told my teachers I was going to move to the Netherlands. One told me that I wouldn’t realize what I had around me until it was gone.

And he was right. I keep forgetting how beautiful norwegian nature is, till I land in Norway again. This weekend I went to celebrate my grandmother’s 80 birthday in my hometown. A place where the fjords, mountains and sea meets.

If I could only wake up to this everyday. It’s a shame it’s literally in the middle of nowhere haha.

Oh well. I missed my Grumpy buddy this weekend when I was gone. Unfortunately the saddle didn’t solve the problem with his bucking so I’ve now called the vet to come and give him a proper sports massage. From what I can see there is something stuck in his left shoulder which makes sense when I think about where the saddle was laying bad. So until the vet comes around next Tuesday we will lunge a lot and go for a lot of walks as I don’t want to pressure whatever is laying wrong more.

X. M

First lesson

Ola Ola,

Time is flying by at the moment. Last weekend was my birthday weekend, so a lot of time was spent with friends and family instead of blogging.

In the meanwhile Grumpy has settled into his new home well. He is being a lot happier and relaxed at the moment, which makes me feel happy and that my decision to move was right.

Today we had our first lesson at the new stable. Was definitely needed as my riding had gone south the last week. It was a bit harsh going from riding a lot of group lessons to having to decide every ride on my own. Too used to having someone tell me what to do, but now we are on our way and will try to do private lessons twice a week, as long as the wallet can afford it.

Homework for this week is to make quicker decisions on what to do when he lift his heads up and try to control his shoulders more plus being a consequent rider. So that’s going to be what I will work at this week.

Happy Monday to you all. We are one day closer to the weekend. Wohoo

X.m

Setting up some goals

Ola Ola,

Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday. Mine was spent doing horse stuff.

Grumpy is slowly getting used to his new place. He is a lot calmer in his stable now, and he is used to the new walker and paddock.

Only our riding is going completely south at the moment. He is noticing that I’m being careful because of the new surroundings and he is taking full advantage of it. I’m trying to tell myself it’s just a matter of time and getting used to things.

Today we had the entire arena to ourself. I tried to make something out of our ride, but mnjaa lets just say he got a very relaxing day. To keep focus I’ve decided to give myself some goals for the coming period:

  • When I get anxious, I’m not going to stop, but push trough when it comes to riding
  • When I get anxious in handling Grumpy, I’m going to stay calm and not pull him close to me. I’ve been working on this for the last few days and I’m so happy it’s working out well. There has been no circling piaffe’s so far.
  • Work on my sit. As my boyfriend has taken some photos last few days I’ve seen how bad it really is and I need to get more straight
  • Building more muscles on Grumpy with riding him trough his whole body and focus on getting the backlegs active
  • Having fun. I worry to much, this is a hobby and should be fun, so I’m going to slow it down a notch and just have fun with it.

So that’s my goals for the coming months. I’m going to try to have boyfriend take photos once a week so I can see the progress. Going to be interesting to see if there is any difference in a couple of months.

X.M

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