Today Grumpy has done what his owner really dislikes. He has been to the dentist.
Let’s just say that we are pretty similar in that department, neither me nor him likes the dentist very much.
As I mentioned the other day, this time I had gone for a real horse dentist, after I found out the last one isn’t really a real one. He can only clean a horses mouth, but not totally fix it.
After the dentist had checked Grumpy’s teeth, he decided that Grumpy needed sedation as he wouldn’t be able to fix the teeth without it.
The minute he saw the needle he tried to run away, but with 3 people we managed to hold him so that the dentist could set it. After that he quickly got slow so that we could get started.
When I bought Grumpy, he had a overbit. His top teeth went slightly over his down teeth. I must honestly say I had no idea this could impact his whole jaw and mouth. I was told by the vet that did the check up when I bought him that this would need to be fixed, but when I told the then said dentist, he said it was not needed so it was never dealt with. Most likely because he was not able to do it with an electric file which only real dentists are allowed to use and he knew it would take to much time with a non electrical one.
This overbit meant that Grumpy could not properly move his jaw. The minute the dentist fixed it, he could move it 4/5 cm further then before. For the rest he fixed some back teeth that will enable Grumpy to use his jaw a lot better then before which should have a great impact on our riding.
I’m actually quite embarrassed of myself as an owner. If I had known that this would have such an impact on him, I would have gone to a proper dentist a long time ago. But lesson learnt. From now on I will only go to dentists that are able to sedate and treat horses with an electric file, cause otherwise you are not able to totally fix everything.
It was funny to watch Grumpy afterwards. As he kept moving his jaw and feeling his teeth.
Most Monday’s I’m a bit of a grumpy mess, but today I felt so content and happy driving home from work. It’s so nice that it’s now lighter outside and we can start having a taste of warmer weather. I for one can’t wait to stop rugging Grumpy.
With this warmer weather and spring around the corner it’s time for Grumpy to have his spring check up:
Today: Grumpy got new shoes. The farrier gave us the compliment that his hooves has never been better, so that’s good news!
Monday Feb 24: Time for the yearly check up by the dentist. Last year we were still stabled at another stable at this point in time so we did the check up for his teeth there(one person came for all the horses). This year I’ve decided to call my vet who is also a dentist. I wasn’t aware that the person who did Grumpy’s teeth before actually isn’t a dentist, but a mouth carer(?). Meaning his teeth haven’t been properly done before. Grumpy really does not like the dentist, so going to be a fun ride.
Friday March 1st: With all the training we are doing at the moment and him becoming stronger, I wanted to see if there were other ways I could prevent soreness of his muscles. So a lady, specialized in massages will come by and give him a proper sport massage. I’ve never tried this before, but wanted to see if it would relax his body a little. Going to write a post about it when it’s been done.
Monday feb 4th: It’s great that Grumpy is growing muscles, but it also means the saddle is becoming tighter. So the saddle fitter is coming around to check the overall fit and see if it’s still laying well. At the moment I am noticing that Grumpy is slightly tense on his back right behind the saddle. So hopefully my saddle fitter can help with that.
Once that is all done, I’m going to be a very poor person. Haha. However I think that should be it for a while and we can enter spring and summer with a good feeling.
Does your horse get sport massages? Really interested in hearing other people’s experiences with it.
I don’t think I’m the only who is loving the weather we are having right now.
13 degrees and sun instead of 0 degrees and rain. I can also notice on Grumpy that his body is less stiff when it’s a bit warmer.
Today I could finally have a lesson outside, which is not only good for him, but oh how lovely is it to have some fresh air?
For a while we’ve been a bit in a winter dip. I couldn’t find my grove when riding and he kept doing things so that he didn’t have to work, like running insanely fast when lunging or bucking in canter when riding. Today was the first time in a long time when it felt like he could handle it all again.
It reminded me how much I actually do love riding. I’m finally seeing an upwards line in our riding which feels really good.
Now, let’s just hope the spring has come here to stay. I’m not going back to 0 degrees!
Bucas is launching a new product in their Recuptex /therapy line. For those that haven’t heard anything about this line, you can read about it HERE.
So what’s next in line?
A new saddle pad. This is meant to warm up the horse’s back quicker when starting to ride and make it slowly colder when your done. This will avoid the horse from getting back ache and stiffness.
The funny thing is, I can’t find any information about it other then THIS page on the Bucas site. I can’t find the price, not the launch date either. Maybe someone else has the info?
I do love my Recuptex rug and so does Grumpy, but I don’t know if this is something I really believe in. Won’t the back become to warm and sweaty? Will it affect the saddle? I don’t know if it’s far fetched, but leather and heat doesn’t go to well together. I guess we will have to wait and see.
They could have at least made the design a tiny bit more interesting. I know they are going a long the lines of the branding colors, but with all the other fancy saddle pads you have out there nowadays, I have a feeling most people won’t buy this.
What do you think?
Last year I managed to shave Grumpy while being sedated with a super tiny shaving machine. It took me 3 hours and when I finally was done I had only managed to do his neck and two stripes on his belly. He looked hilarious, but it did work.
The last few months I’ve seen several people on Facebook talk about a shaving machine that was really silent and only cost 10 euro on EBAY.
I personally have a tendency to buy more expensive products, because I like to think I’m buying quality. But considering this was only 10 euro, I figured I would buy it to check if the fuzz about it was real.
It does not come in a fancy box like its brother from Sectoline, but you do get all the parts you need besides oil. On a first glance it looks exactly like the one from Sectoline, but it is slightly lighter. Because it’s lighter it give off less shaking which again meant I could shave Grumpy without him freaking out. I haven’t tried shaving the whole him yet, but from trying it out it does work and people do say you can do a whole body with it if you give it a charge or two.
To be honest I’m quite surprised over the quality. If you are looking for a machine to shave the head or legs it’s a perfect little machine. You can buy it HERE.
Time for an update again.
Grumpy is doing well! This week we have spent making him more relaxed in whatever he does. Instead of rushing trough, we are now trying to build his muscles with moving more in balance.
When I am lunging I am trying to get to a point where he is moving around freely and low with his head without the use of lungeaids. Slowly, but surely we are getting there. I am noticing that if I use lungeaids he has a tendency to completely block his back, which is of course not the meaning.
When it comes to riding I am more or less starting from scratch again. The focus is on that I need to sit in a way that doesn’t restrict Grumpy and learning to keep my legs where they should be. I have a tendency to keep my feet to far forward, which means that my aids don’t come trough correctly and there is to much tension between me and Grumpy’a back. Gotta love trying to remove something so embedded in your mind.
I am still only allowed to ride only 10 minutes a time which is really hard to keep within when Grumpy is moving as well as today. Luckily I have a great trainer who is keeping me grounded and reminds me to stick to the plan. On Wednesday the vet is visiting us again to see the progress. Hopefully he is seeing good developments as well!
Grumpy is not as happy as me about training again. Haha
Have a good Sunday eve!
Today I got out of bed with a nervous, but excited feeling. I had been holding off riding all week, because I didn’t want to know the answer if Grumpy hadn’t responded to all the treatments for the last two months.
The first sign I was looking for was if he walked strange after saddling up. He would have a tendency before to walk very stiff for ten meters after saddling up and then be fine. Today he was a bit slow, but not stiff.
Gosh, I need to start using the new halter.
Then when I started longing I was worried he would be slow because of the saddle on his back, but he went on like he would have without it. Which was one of the sign that the vet said was good. I made sure he worked well through his whole body before I decided to get on.
There isn’t too much you can do in 10 minutes, but we focused on Grumpy walking well trough his whole body and not blocking his back and for me to sit correctly in order for him to move properly. As we only focused on walking today, I can’t say how he will be in trot or walk, but so far so good. He is a lot less tense and stiff then prior to the treatment.
So happy Maria today!
Yesterday me and the boyfriend drove to the south of the Netherlands for a gig that he had there. We weren’t planning on staying there, but we saw or I saw that the Reitsportmesse Niederrhein (horse event) was this weekend so I kindly asked if we could go there today.
This conference is a bit like Horse Event in the Netherlands with several clinics and loads of different shops. I mainly went there for the shopping as the clinics and shows are held in very small arenas and not really super interesting to me.
The main difference compared to last year was the offers. Last year you could buy Eskadron saddle pads for 20 euro in all different colors, while this year the prices were a lot higher. I also thought there was a lot of shops with the exact same stuff. Last year you could get a bit more variation and more upscale brands. So I ended up coming home with nada, niks, nothing.
It’s the perfect event to go to for people who need to buy a lot of cheap product for a schooling stable for example or your first horse. I was hoping to find a green saddle pad, but could unfortunately not find it.
Ah well, we had a nice day together and that’s more important then shopping 🙂
Finally we are about to switch out the lunge party for some actual riding.
The vet has given me a pretty extensive training schedule, so for the next 6 weeks it will look like this:
Week 1 and 2
Lunge before riding for 10 minutes twice a week.
Week 3 and 4
Lunge before riding 10 minutes three times a week
Week 5 and 6
Lunge before riding 10 minutes four times a week
He is only allowed to move onto an extra day if he does well for those 10 minutes. After we have gotten to four days a week and he does that well we can start building down the lunging and ride more. My vet seem to be quite careful with his build up compared to other schedules I’ve read, but I want to do it well now in the beginning instead of doing everything to fast and we’ll end up on square one again. I can’t wait to do something else then lunging!
At this moment I’m in Venlo with my boyfriend. He needs to DJ here tonight before we go to Germany tomorrow to a horse conference. Not that I need any more horse stuff….
Have a good Saturday night!
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