Setting up some goals

Ola Ola,

Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday. Mine was spent doing horse stuff.

Grumpy is slowly getting used to his new place. He is a lot calmer in his stable now, and he is used to the new walker and paddock.

Only our riding is going completely south at the moment. He is noticing that I’m being careful because of the new surroundings and he is taking full advantage of it. I’m trying to tell myself it’s just a matter of time and getting used to things.

Today we had the entire arena to ourself. I tried to make something out of our ride, but mnjaa lets just say he got a very relaxing day. To keep focus I’ve decided to give myself some goals for the coming period:

  • When I get anxious, I’m not going to stop, but push trough when it comes to riding
  • When I get anxious in handling Grumpy, I’m going to stay calm and not pull him close to me. I’ve been working on this for the last few days and I’m so happy it’s working out well. There has been no circling piaffe’s so far.
  • Work on my sit. As my boyfriend has taken some photos last few days I’ve seen how bad it really is and I need to get more straight
  • Building more muscles on Grumpy with riding him trough his whole body and focus on getting the backlegs active
  • Having fun. I worry to much, this is a hobby and should be fun, so I’m going to slow it down a notch and just have fun with it.

So that’s my goals for the coming months. I’m going to try to have boyfriend take photos once a week so I can see the progress. Going to be interesting to see if there is any difference in a couple of months.

X.M

Getting there

Good morning, good morning,

I’m currently waiting at Schiphol to board my flight to Norway. Once I’m in Norway I get to wait 5 hours and then I fly to New York. One of my favorite cities in the world! Both me and my brother is turning 20-30 this year, so our mom is taking us on a trip. Can’t wait to be back there.

But as you know, waiting at the airport is pretty gosh dang boring. Therefore I figured I would write an update here to make the time pass. Yesterday I finally had a good ride with Grumpy. Earlier in the week I decided to try the old bridle to see if it would help with his nasty head shaking, but the bit on that bridle is too kind, so mr wouldn’t listen whatsoever. So now I switched back and yesterday we had a relaxing ride without to much headbanging. Generally when it’s only me riding in the arena this doesn’t appear, but when there is too many horses he gets frustrated as well as me as my arms falls off after training. But only a few weeks now and that should be gone for good…

It felt good to end on a good note as I now won’t see him until Tuesday. Eek, don’t think I realized how long that is before now, but knock on wood, he shall be fine!

Hope you all will have a good Thursday! Flight is about to board so better run.

X.m

Bridle me here and bridle me there

Ola,

Hope you are having a nice evening. I’ve just come home from a group lesson and is now laying in bed with my tea. Grandma much?

A while ago I took the plunge and bought the Schockemohle Equitus Beta. I think the bridle looks and feels amazing and is definitely worth the money in that perspective, but I’m starting to notice that for the last week Grumpy has been having his mouth open more then normal while riding. Obviously this is something you don’t want as the horse is then telling you he/she is uncomfortable. So I’m sat here discussing with myself if I should try the old one for a couple of days and see if that’s better or leave it till I get a dentist to check his teeth.

On the other hand my riding didn’t help him today either. He needs a still hand and I didn’t give it to him, so that’s something I need to work on.

Tomorrow my lovely boyfriend has agreed to go to Jumping Amsterdam with me. Can’t wait to see the amazing horses!

Truste!(good night in Dutch!)

X.m

Schockemohle Anatomic EQUITUS bridle line 

Ola,

Schockemohle Anatomic EQUITUS bridle line. 

Now that’s a mouthful. What a name. 

Anyhow, the name doesn’t really matter, but how it works does. Schockemohle has invented a new bridle line specifically designed to fit the horses head better. It’s supposed to free up the jawline and not pressure the head and nose as certain English bridles would. You’ve probably seen the horseware Micklem floating around on the web and every brand trying to copy them. This is similar to that idea.  

I was interested in buying the Micklem, but found it an extremely ugly bridle. I’m not a fan of a lot of stitching. Then I almost went for a Ps of Sweden one as those are beautiful, but you can only order them custom made from Sweden and at that price I didn’t dare to. However this one seem rather interesting. I must admit it went back on the list now that the vet bills will come in, but maybe next month. You’ve got the Alpha and the Beta version. Alpha is an overall bridle for all sports, while Beta is more focused on dressage with a thicker noseband. Both are approved by FEI for competitions. 

ALPHA – 249 euro 


BETA – 299 euro 


What Schockemohle says about it:

  • anatomic special bridle with perfect fitting
  • wider noseband for classical “dressage look”
  • curved caveson bypasses the main facial nerve
  • softly padded headpiece with anatomical shape
  • wide and curved browband avoids pinching in the are of eyes and ears
  • new positioning of flash strap supports unrestricted breathing
  • quick and indidvidual customisation with fixed button rivets

X.m