Christmas came early this year

Ola ola,

This week it was time for Grumpy’s final check up from the vet. For once I wasn’t nervous as he’s been very happy and frisky lately.

We had to do some walking and running tests at first and afterwards the vet felt trough his whole body to see if anything was stuck. Besides two small things his whole body was really good. The vet was happy with the developments and asked me to continue the way I was going. I just need to add some work from the ground. After seeing the vet every single month for the last 12 months I now don’t need to see him for another 6 months. Definitely going to help my bank account!

Which is good when it comes to what else I did last Wednesday. I finally bought a new car! I don’t like to be dependent on other people, so I wanted a car that could pull a horse trailer if I need to transport Grumpy. I must admit that it’s quite a difference from my old small Ford, so I need to get used to it, but I’m very happy. Christmas came early for me this year. Now I can’t wait for the new year and all it has to offer!

X.m

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

Finally back in the saddle

Ola ola,

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!

X.m

Reitsportmesse Niederrhein 2018

Ola ola,

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

X.m

Helsinki for the day

Ola ola,

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

X.m

Challenge

Ola Ola,

So, Maria has gone ahead and shot herself in the foot.

A week ago as a part of a team experience, my work asked me to come up with a challenge that I wanted to give myself for November. This needed to be something I wanted to work on.

As a part of my job as an account manager, I need to spend a lot of time on social media. Where there is loads of articles of what successful people do. One general message from these successful people seem to be that they get out of bed at a ridiculous early time to work out before work. So I set up a goal that every single morning before work in November I will get out of bed way to early to work out.

Dang. Didn’t think this trough did I.

But there is no running away now, so tomorrow bright and early I will start. I’ll try to do check-ins to see if anything changes from the beginning to the end.

I can’t wait to be a successful human being at the end of November. Haha

 

Totally random photo, but didn’t have any other of me and Grumpy ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

X.m

And suddenly winter came

Ola ola,

You know that feeling when you lay down in bed after changing the sheets? That lovely warm and clean feeling.

I wonder if Grumpy felt the same way today when I put on his clean winter rug. Hopefully he can appreciate the cleanness as much as me. Just such a shame that tomorrow I will come to the stable and there will be various poop stains on it again….

I bought this Bucas rug for Grumpy last year, which I do truly enjoy. The only thing is that it does rub a bit on his mane, so need to find a way to implement a little fake fur there. If anyone got tricks or tips on how to fix it, please let me know!

By the way, I’ll leave you with some important information.ย  Right now its 123 days till 1st of march. Hopefully by then we will be back to warmer times again. I.cant.wait!

x.M

Road to recovery : Vet check 1

Ola ola,

Yesterday we finally had the first vet check and physio since Grumpy got injected.

Overall the vet was happy with Grumpy’s progress, but he still needs to gain some muscles before we can start riding again. I’m lucky enough that my vet is a certified physio as well, so he made sure to loosen up and release all stuck muscles and bones.

The schedule now is to lunge for another 3 weeks. Then I get to ride twice a week for 10 min after lunging and build up slowly from there. It’s going to be a long process, but if I see how much Grumpy has improved till now I really thing we are going in the right direction. Can’t wait to see how far we are in a months time!

Happy Saturday!

X.m

Road to recovery – update 2

Ola ola,

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!”

X.m

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