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

PS of Sweden – Nirak

Ola,

A late evening visit from me today. I just came across this new bridle from PS of Sweden. It’s called Nirak and will be released online the 1st of March. According to them this is the best bridle they have made so far. It does look interesting and I love the work of PS of Sweden, but unfortunately I cannot stand the contrasting stitching. I’m more of a black stitching kind of girl. Nonetheless it does look beautiful and is meant to have the best for the horse in mind with its anatomical design. Will probably be in around 300-400 euro range.

X.m

Fairfield Lingus Bridle

Ola,

Finally it seems that we got some traction in the Horse world and brands are realizing that “hey, we can start to innovate to”. More and more brands are coming with new bridles which are created to release pressure off the horses head.

Next out in the game is Fairfield with their new bridle Lingus. This one looks rather similar to my Schockemohle Beta, but with its 66 euro price tag I can say I would have tried this before buying the beta.

Even tough the price is rather low, I’ve heard decent things about the Fairfield bridles. I’ve also had one in my hand when I went to the Kramer store and no you don’t get the best material, but for that price it’s more then ok.

You can buy the bridle HERE.

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 Beta

Ola Ola,

Greetings from a very snowy Netherlands. It’s actually so snowy I don’t get to see Grumpy today. My little mommy heart doesn’t like that, but I know he’s fine(knock on wood).

Yesterday I got up really early to go to the stable before the snow came. Must admit my warm bed seemed like a better idea, but then I remembered I could test out my new bridle and jumped out of bed.

Back in October, Schockemohle released a new set of anatomical bridles. Within this launch there was one called Beta. Since the minute I saw it I wanted to buy it, but I found the price a tad bit steep. However with Black Friday, I found it with 100 euro discount, so I was sold.

The Beta is a special bridle constructed to release pressure around the head, jaw and nose while riding. As I noticed that Grumpy really enjoyed not being ridden by a noseband I decided to look for options and this bridle was one of the ones I came across.

So far I must say I already notice a difference when trying it out. Due to the construction, the bit is laying a lot stiller in the mouth. The leather is really soft and overall the bridle seems sturdy. Only thing I am afraid of is that the bridle will become to big with the leather stretching. We shall see.

Can’t wait to train properly with it. For those interested in it, make sure you shop a bit around on the internet as the prices vary greatly. I bought mine at Horze, which was 100 euro cheaper then the current price of Epplejeck.

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

New experience 

Ola,

Finally I got to ride Grumpy again today. Vacation was great, but being away from him for a week feels like forever. 

During my vacation he managed to dint his nose slightly. His whole box has been searched and we can’t find out on what, but oh well, his nose is currently slightly swollen and he looks a bit sadface. 

Which brings me to my new experience, riding without a noseband. I was a bit afraid I would loose the contact, but he was actually a lot finer to ride without the pressure on his nose. The only thing was that when he got hot I didn’t have as much say as normal. So then comes the question, to ditch the current noseband and go for another one or keep riding on the one I have. I must admit I’ve got no clue about bridles and nosebands, so I will have to read up on it and talk with some people for information. I know you got the new Micklem Bridles from Horseware, but I’ve got no clue if this reliefs the pressure and if it’s just a fashion hype. I know you can try low nosebands, but for some reason I can’t stand the looks of them. However if it works, maybe that’s a thing to try to. Ah well, never standing still in Horse land, once you’ve overcome one problem, you’ll find the next one 😉


If you got tips, feel free to fire them over!

X.m

Felix Bühler Anatomical pro 

Ola,

Hope everyone is having a lovely evening. 


I know that loads of people have become obsessed with the Horseware Micklem lately. The bridle that is supposed to be a lot better for horses head and give less pressure. As the price of that bridle is pretty steep, I thought I would let you know about this one. Felix Bühler Anatomical pro bridle which at the moment costs 99.95 euro over at Kramer. Definitely worth checking out if you find the Micklem to expensive. 


X.M