Road to recovery – update

Ola ola,

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!

X.m

Change of schedule 

Oh finally Friday. This week felt like twelv years, it was like it was never going to end, but we made it guys. Finally on the sofa with my favorite liquorish and movie. 


Yesterday I had the worst ride. Grumpy hates circles, I therefore hate circles. Man, I even screamed in the lesson that he was for sale. The monster Maria comes out when I’m tired and nope it’s not pretty. Grumpy spent half an hour getting warm and less stiff and then he spent half an hour being a super strong neurotic racehorse. My arms where complete jellyfish afterwards. 

Today on the other hand he was much more relaxed and we could follow our own routine as we were riding alone. I’m starting to notice on Grumpy that he is finding the group lessons harder and harder. He becomes stressed when it’s to many horses and I’m not always able to warm him up in the way I know works for him. So moving forward there will be some changes to our riding schedule. I know some is going to say this is redicolous, but it’s time to listen to what he wants so I’ll make sure to take a group lesson less a week. If that makes him more relaxed then so be it. It will be more enjoyable for the both of us in the end.


Sunday we are staring to practice for our first competition together. Eeeek

Have a lovely weekend! 

Friday eve

And there you go again, the week pass by so quickly. Wasn’t it just Sunday? Anyway, a long weekend ahead, so can’t complain!

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I was dumb enough to clean his saddle on Tuesday, which meant slipper slope on Wednesday. That together with having to have the stirrups longer because of a flesh wound on my knee made for a very interesting lesson in balance. And now your thinking, “But you shouldn’t clean the top of your saddle”. I know I know, but I normally put conditioner on it afterwards and then your literally stuck in the saddle instead. ah well, a little balance training can’t hurt anyone.

As I started my new job this week, Grumpy had to be put a bit on the back burner till I get settled. Need to come up with a new riding plan as well as I can’t ride earlier on the day anymore. I don’t understand how women can have full time jobs, children and then a horse. Must be superheros with more hours in a day then me! But ill figure it out somehow, just have to get used to it again.

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These photos are from exactly one year ago. So funny to see he haven’t changed much, just a bit more muscly.

Now I’m going to crash in bed, my brain is literally fried after a lot of new information entering it. Hope you’ll have a lovely weekend!

X.m

Lunge lesson 

Ola Ola,


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. 

X.M 

Love is in the air 

Ola, 


Hope you’ve had a good Sunday. 

Mine was packed with nice stuff. First I went to the stable to let Grumpy out. He got to go outside with his friend FBI. He can be a bit “grumpy” towards horses he doesn’t like, but FBI is a part of his gang so they had a good little chat out there.

While he was outside I checked out a clinic given by one of the judges who often judge the competitions given at my stable. I must admit that I often don’t agree with her scores, but she gave a very good clinic. A lot of technical information I think a lot of the riders found useful.  


Thereafter I went to meet my new “aunt” kid. I’m the one in the group who will most likely never get children(own choice), but I get to be aunt for a cute little bunch so that’s nice. Feels good to give them back when they start screaming. Haha. 

Finishing this Sunday watching Designated survivor on Netflix. Only seen 3 episode, but it’s pretty good so far. Hope yours have been good as well! 


X.m 

Taking it slow 

You know that feeling when things don’t work out and you get all stressed, throw your hands up in the air and consider crying? That’s how I feel about left canter. 


“Random video from today. Glad he took it slow as the ground was frozen”

But today, today Mr. Grumpy decided to listen to me. Which meant we could do transitions till we turned green in our faces without any problems. Instead of making him go really hard and wish that he falls into canter(yes, very professional) I decided to take it slow to see if that worked and it did! That feeling when you manage to do something you’ve been wanting to do since forever is so good. Now just let hope he will be this good tomorrow as well. 

After the workout he got his well deserved muesli with carrots. 


Now I’m going out to celebrate my bestfriend’s birthday in Amsterdam. Can’t be all horses all the time!

Hope you have a nice evening! 

X.m

The rain coat test 

I do fully understand if you want to declear me as crazy for doing this, but at the end of the day, the crazy got it good they say. Haha 

Today it was time to test the new rain coat on Mr.Grumpy. And I must say that for 11 euro’s I was quite impressed with the quality. It’s pretty thick plastic that would definitely keep the rain out. 
It’s literally a big plastic sheet with a loop at the back for the tail and in the front it has four closures. At first I thought Mr.Grumpy would react to the sound and the way it looked as it makes quite a lot of that plastic noise like a plastic bag that you crush together, but he was surprisingly calm and didn’t seem to care much. 
It wasn’t raining when I put him in the walker, but I just wanted to check if the sides would fly up or if he would react, but again he was cool as a cucumber and just went on a little stroll. 

I quickly noticed an issue though. Because there is no closure underneath the stomach, the sheet will slide down on one side and probably eventually fall off. So I will have to get creative and put in an elastic closure myself to stop it from sliding.

Overall it was totally worth the money, I will just have to fix the little problem with it sliding off. And no, this is not his normal turnout rug, this is only for when it’s raining and he needs to warm up in the walker before saddling up. If you want the same one it costs 11 euro at Agradi and the brand is Pro rider. 
X.M

Good Morning 

Happy friday to you all.

So far today I’ve been to the stable to let Mr. Grumpy out for a little. As the weather here in the Netherlands is pretty sad at the moment he had to wear his raindress as I call it.

As always he had a bit of a roll.. Haha

There is a first for everything.

Woohoo first blog post.

So who is that grumpy horse?

After 3 years riding at a stable on different “stable horses” I decided it was time to buy my own. Looking back I probably would have advised myself to wait a bit so I could learn more about horses before buying one, however my stubborn self decided it was time, so half a year ago Mr. grumpy walked into my life.

Mr grumpy is my sweet 15 year old Zangersheide gelding(x Artos Z) who has a slight tendency to become grumpy if there is something happening that he doesn’t like. He specially hates most other horses as well as rugs. If he didn’t become such a fluffy hairy bear in the winter I would let him stand “naked” all year around.

He is bred as a jumping horse, but we do dressage together as he turns a big cray cray if he has to jump. Unfortunately something happened in his past that made him really scared of jumping, but as I’m not a jumping hero either we fit well together. Even tough we go through life arguing a lot I couldn’t imagine life without him. He makes me laugh everyday.

The last half year has gone by in a whirlwind, and I’ve certainly been on the speed train when it comes to learning about horse handling. As I don’t want to forget everything I’ve learned and our journey together I’ve set up this blog as a online diary. Hopefully we will start our first dressage competition this summer.