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.
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….
Fluffy products seem to be everywhere at the moment. I feel like you can find every single product under the moon with fur. Everything from saddle pads, to boots to halters.
Kentucky has now come up with a smart solution for the last one. If you have an old halter in the closet that you want to make a bit prettier, you can buy one of their halter furs that they’ve got for sale.
You can buy them HERE in Black or white for 99 euro.
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
The equestrian tack brand Kentucky wasn’t really known for bringing out fashion forward and beautiful tack products, but times have changed.
Their new lines of stable rugs, stable accessories and other tack products are so beautifully created that I wish I had them all in my closet. but beautiful unfortunately comes with a price. Their stable rugs starts at 180 euro and lets just say the rest isn’t that cheap either. If you want to check out the rest of the line, you can check it out over on Horze.
If I had to choose my favourite people in the horse world, it probably would be Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester. A lot of their ideas and beliefs around horsemanship are the same as mine. I love how they turn their horses out for the whole day together and how they generally keep their horses with hacks every week and food schedule. People nowadays seem to keep their horses in their boxes all day and wonder why they are so crazy when they go riding. To me that equation is very simple, luckily Carl Hester seems to think the same way. The video below shows this beautiful stable and how they keep their horses. Definitely worth a watch!
Time for another update round. I realised I had talked a lot about rugs in the last posts, so I figured I would provide an update on where Grumpy is in his progress right now and how everything is going.
To be honest, early last week we had a bit of a dumper. I found him stiff and unmotivated. Though looking back, it was probably a bit because of a virus he got a couple of weeks ago. For the last few days he’s been doing really good and is happy and awake.
As he is now building more muscles with lunging I am able to give him harder work-out’s compared to the beginning. In the beginning if I used lunge aids he would struggle with moving well or even forward. This issue is now gone with the right amount of build-up, which I’m really happy to see.
I have also changed his feed a little bit. I was feeding him quite heavy sport muesli, but have now changed it to a lighter form, which seems to lift his spirits a bit as well. Yesterday he was piaffing beside me as he came out of the paddock, something I’ve not seen in months.
In two weeks I’m allowed to ride again for the first time. So hoping the arrow is now shooting upwards and everything from here on out will be a breeze.