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
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.
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.
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.
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.
So. You have those rugs that I deem necessary, like the winter rugs and raincoat. Then you have those that you buy because you see it on sale and buy it while you do not really need it.
This walker rug from Rambo – Horseware was definitely one of those buys. I saw it on sale this summer and for some reason I really felt I needed it. Since it was pouring down today I took it for a test ride when walking to the lunging arena and walking about afterwards. To be honest the rug is really well made as you can expect from Horseware. It got a fleece inside and a water repellant outer layer. I didn’t dare to lunge with it as I’m afraid Grumpy would get his feet in the surcingles. Although its nice, it’s not a rug that you need at all. I do like the way it makes Grumpy look like he is wearing a superman coat tough. hoho
On another note, Grumpy was really stiff and slow today. I can’t really blame him as it has been such bad weather and it suddenly went from a decent warmth to really freaking cold. Tomorrow he has a day off with cuddles and walks before we start training properly for the next two weeks before I can ride again. Almost there, almost there!
I am having the most lazy Sunday ever. After 3 days of busy socialising I’ve been spending the whole day on the sofa watching tv. Sometimes those are the best Sundays to be had. However the point of this post is to talk about Grumpy’s new rug and not my lazy ways.
As you can imagine, boyfriend did raise a brow when I bought this one. Considering my trunk is filled up to the brim with rugs he did not think I needed another one. I probably could have survived without, but I simply choose not to. haha
Since the summer has really stretched out here in the Netherlands, I felt I needed a rug that could cater to the cold mornings, but warmer days. In the beginning I did want to buy the 50 gram Bucas Celtic rug, but considering the price is above 100 euro, I felt I didn’t want to spend that much money on a rug that was only for a couple of weeks.
After thorough searching, I came across the new Highliner stable rug from Harry’s Horse. I’ve never owned any rugs from this line before, but several stable mates have had them and they always look good. It was more or less the only rug I could find that was 0 gram, had a fleece inner and was well put together. With 25% at Divoza, the rug turned out to be 50 euro. You might ask me why I didn’t just go for a summer rug, but I must admit I do not like the summer rugs on sale at the moment. The fabric of the Bucas one comes across terrible to me and I ended up giving away the one I had last year. This one feel like you get way more for your money.
As said it has a fleece inner, two surcingles under the belly as well as two around the back legs, and protection for neck and tail. I was really surprised of the quality for the price I paid. I did have to change it for a smaller size as they do fit very large, but the fit overall is very nice. Grumpy is normally a size 195, in this one he is a 185.
If you are looking for a rug for the months where the weather is really in between hot and cold this is a great rug for a good price.
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.