Busy planning

Ola ola,

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.

X.m

A little bit of saddle TLC

Ola Ola,

This week started with Grumpy giving me a flying lesson on Monday. Luckily it was a straight forward flying lesson so I didn’t fall off. However as he has never done such a thing before I figured something was wrong.

Either it was his body or his saddle, luckily for me I had already booked an appointment with my saddlefitter Kees Bregmans. He said right away that the saddle didn’t lay well anymore. Grumpy’s back has gotten a bit wider since last time so the saddle wasn’t laying how it should. I also didn’t feel I got the support from it that I was used to, but within ten minutes he had fixed this. What a difference. From the minute I stepped back on I could feel the difference right away.

If you live in the Netherlands and you need a saddlefitter, then I can wholeheartedly recommend Kees. Not only does he know what he is doing, but he is also social and kind to the horses and people. I also like that he is no stuffy old horse man, but a young and updated horse man. Today he showed me a new KN saddle for a client, gosh, if I had some more money…. he is also an official seller of Erreplus saddles for those that are interested in that brand. And no, I didn’t get paid to say this 😉

We seem to like people with the name Kees, cause after the first one came the second one came and fixed Grumpy’s shoes. So now Grumpy has new Dior shoes. The first Kees recommended to get Grumpy a massage as he was a bit tight in his body, so will call my vet on Tuesday to book an appointment. Then we should be all ready for the spring and summer!

I unfortunately can’t fix his head tough….. haha

X.m