Finally back together

Today I went to the stable for the first time after my vacation to check up on Mr.Grumpy.

It was so nice to give him a cuddle again. Amazing how attached you can get to an animal. The girl that looked after him during my vacation let me know mid week that he had some nasty wounds on his face and leg, which she was a bit worried about.

I didn’t really expect it to be much as they have a tendency to worry quickly, but wow Mr Grumpy must have had a bad day in the paddox and run into a fight with another horse. In total he has 4 wounds in his face that are not of the normal “small” ones, but these where very deep and nasty. Luckily they are healing up well and he doesn’t seem to be in any pain. The girl had already been in the forest with him today, so after giving him some LickIt and a few cuddles I let him be. Tomorrow I will finally have the chance to take some new photos and spend some more time with him. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough that we can do some horsemanship training as well. Cant wait to start training properly now to continue our journey together.

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Ridebad Thursday's 

Some people do throwback Thursday, while I seem to be doing Ridebad Thursday. Today he didn’t really want to do much, so I just warmed up his muscles and let him shake of the muscle pain from yesterday. Yesterday’s lesson was pretty hard, so he deserved a lighter day today. I’ve started looking back on the previous weeks and so far I’ve come by grumpy monday( he is totally pmsing every Monday) and then Ridebad Thursday, however the Thursday’s are more my fault as it’s the day of the week that I’m the most tired. He was a right drama going into left canter, standing still, turning around and la la la. At the end he did it, but boy was it hard work. Can’t wait till the day were I laugh of how dumb this issue was and that it doesn’t exist anymore. 
I totally forgot to take photos today, so only got these: 

So happy with my new green saddle pad from Global equestrian. It’s not the best quality, but for 10 euros it’s ok. 
At least 3 times a week I wash the hoofs of Mr.Grumpy and thereafter put on the hydrahoef from Epplejeck. It’s like a hoof oil, but still provides air and moist to the hoof. It prevents that the hoof crumbles, which is something Mr Grumpy has issues with, hence why I also give him biotine plus. It smells super nice as well, which is a big plus. 
Tomorrow it’s finally Friday, can’t wait! 

Big foot 

Unfortunately the leg of Mr.Grumpy was a bit swollen today so I went there after work to take him for a little walk, then cooled it down and put Betadine on it again. It’s on such a sensitive spot so my nightmare is that he has really struck himself badly.

However on Tuesday and Saturdays I have a really nice woman that rides him for me. So she promised to take good care of him and make sure he was ok. So instead of riding today I’ve been to Circuit training outdoors and thereafter I went to the beach to watch the sunset.

Somewhere in my mind I was hoping that riding alone would make me fit, but I’m starting to realize that it really doesn’t. Therefore I work out extra 3 times a week besides riding to not only feel better, but to ride better. It’s something I’ve started with since two weeks, so I’ll let you know how I get on.

Tomorrow it’s back to riding as we got a group lesson to attend together. Hopefully his leg will be fully ok again then.

Small wound 

Today while taking Mr.Grumpy out for a walk, my boyfriend noticed that Mr.Grumpy was bleeding from a wound on his left back leg. He had been let out earlier today so he probably had kicked himself a little or something along those lines. As the worried owner I was I checked with my instructor that it wasn’t something serious and after cleaning it I took him out on the lunge to check if he walked ok.

He luckily didn’t walk weird or anything like that so I decided to go to Epplejeck(horse shop) to buy some Betadine creme to put on it and let him rest a bit. By the way, all the people at Epplejeck today, gees. Insane what a bit of sales can do to people, I had to stand half an hour in line to buy my creme.

The weird thing is that I had a tought about it yesterday that the health of our horses can turn so quickly without our control. They can go from ok to totally not ok in a second. I’m glad it was something minor, want my lovely bit furry friend to be ok all the time.

Horse braids

For the clinic today I decide to braid the mane of Mr.Grumpy. It’s something I’ve never done before as we haven’t started competitions yet, but as I wanted him to look a bit pretty I decided it was time to give it a try. Luckily for me he has been out on the competition field many times before, so he stood still the entire time I was braiding him, makes it a bit easier. As I had never done it before I decided to research different ways yesterday, below you can see some of the options I came across.

Clinic 

Today Mr.Grumpy and me had the chance to ride in a clinic for a dressage Grand Prix rider at the stable where Mr.Grumpy stands.

As it was my turn at 11.45 I made sure to be there quite early so I was able to braid and make Mr.Grumpy clean and pretty. The clinic went pretty well, but the problem with the left canter appeared again. Unfortunately I’ve not been consequent enough in my riding from the beginning which I am now paying for. My homework for the coming weeks will be to be quick and consequent right from the beginning and not let him have his way at all.

The rest of the day I spent letting him out and thereafter I watched the rest of the combinations ride, which was really nice. I often have a tendency to think that everyone rides better then me or that they have better moving horses and it was nice to see that every struggles with different issues. It was also nice to see horses in all shapes and forms and at different levels. Definitely a day well spent at the stable 🙂

I tried taking some photos after braiding, but Mr.Grumpy would have none of it. So unfortunately the photos from today ain’t the best.

Hay castles and counter canter

When you have a smart horse you continuously have to outsmart them. Mr. Grumpy is one of those horses. For a while now he has been making a fool of me when it comes to the left canter. Either he would decide to just stop or he would start to counter canter. Because he knew that I would then have to slow down and start again. Now that I’ve finally started to react quicker and pushing the right buttons he does the “correct” canter more or less from the beginning. The last half year he has been trying me out on so many things, but the canter has been my biggest annoyance. Now that we finally are becoming a team it feels so good!

Today his box was completely cleaned out and filled with new hay. For some reason it seems that he wants to save it as he pushes it all to one corner making a hay castle. Kinda cute.

Lunging squats 

Pfft Today’s been busy so far. Started my day with circuit training in the forrest. Was super nice when I was done, but in the middle I tought I was going to both throw up and faint at the same time. Haha. But the start has been made and it can only get better from here on. Thereafter I hurried to Epplejeck(huge horse store chain in the Netherlands) to pick up an order before I hurried to the stable to lunge Mr. Grumpy. Afterwards I made sure he looked all pretty again before he was given his daily carrots. I’ll show later what I got at Epplejeck. Have a nice Saturday!