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!
Finally it’s almost time for check up number two. The vet is coming on Friday to see how Grumpy has developed since we started our lunge marathon a couple of weeks ago.
Besides that he is stretching a lot easier he has also started to move with a lot more elasticity. Some moments I can see glimpses of how he probably was moving before he got his back issues. Such a different horse!
Body wise he has started to build more muscles again and his back is a lot more straight then swayed as before the shots. When you lunge on the left side everything is really good, but when moving to the right side you notice he has issues moving his right back legs in the beginning. After some rounds on that side this is gone again tough. They do say it takes some time for the infuse to work, so maybe it will get better over time and with some training.
I wonder what the answer will be on Friday. On one side I really want to ride again, but on the other I want to wait till I know he can handle it. Till then we will keep marathoning.
“Giiive me more apples, it’s so good!”
Today was the first day of road to recovery and our lovely lunging marathon as I like to call it. I’ve decided that Grumpy is going to be rewarded with a forrest ride if we get so far that we can ride again. Cause seeing that lunging arena from the inside 10 days long is definitely not something I’m looking forward to.
But nonetheless it has to be done and today was day 1. I was wondering if I would see any difference right away, but didn’t really know what to expect.
The first thing I noticed was that he stretched his neck more or less from the beginning. Something he normally doesn’t do. After becoming warmed up he moved with more swung then normal as well. As I want to see the difference from day 1 till day 10 I took some photos. Looking forward to see if there will be any!
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.
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.
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.
Even tough I love the sun and the warm weather, I’ve noticed that Grumpy has become a bit dehydrated lately.
My instinct was to just to get him more water, but then I got a tip to mix a bit of apple juice in with the water to make it a bit sweeter. This way they drink even more. For a more fun element I added in a couple of apples and carrots. Needless to say, Grumpy had the time of his life drinking and eating it all up.
Quick and easy fix for this warm summer weather.
You know that feeling when your horse have been outside with his raincoat on, rolling around, having fun and then he/she comes in and you have to hang the rug over your other rugs which is hanging on your stable door? Making them all dirty as well.
I actually stole this tip from a stable friend who had hung up one. A rug bag for your stable door.
I bought mine from QHP a couple of weeks ago and it’s proving itself very useful. It’s super easy to click on your door and you can still slide the door open. The one on the picture above is currently carrying 3 different sweat rugs(yeah let’s not get into why I have 3 different ones), all staying nice and clean while the dirty rain coat can hang on top.
Here are some different options:
QHP – 21.95 euro
BR – 25 euro
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 🙂
What a day.
Today the saying trough blood, sweat and tears is fitting.
Well slightly dramatic, but at a certain point I thought Grumpy was ready for the green fields and could no longer be used as a riding horse.
I called the saddle fitter because my saddle didn’t fit Grumpy anymore. His body has changed a bit lately and he was letting me know with riding that he didn’t like the saddle anymore. I hoped that we could still fit it, but unfortunately not, so on I went on a “try every saddle in the universe” adventure.
Before we started I said to him “you must be such a patient person”, not knowing I was going to use 3 hours of his time to find a fitting saddle.
I started off rather positive, trying new saddles is always fun, but after the 8 one my patient started running out and I thought we would never get there. We tried literally every brand out there, but Grumpy wouldn’t move properly into trot. At a certain point he even had to go on the longe to check that he was ok.
Then someone walked by and said “why are you using this arena, the other one is so much better” and as both me and the saddle fitter was pulling our hairs out at this point we figured why not and on we went to the big arena which has a different underground. And yep, voila. The diva decided that everything was alright and decided to start moving. Pfft.
I can’t even express how happy I am that Kees Bregman is just as a perfectionist as me and kept trying till we found the right one. It was hard work, but we got there in the end. I’ll go an eat soup for the next 5 years now, but at least I can sit great and Grumpy can move without restriction.