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

First day survived

Ola Ola,

Whoever turned the fan on cold, can you please turn it off now? It’s so bloody cold and windy outside…

Today Grumpy had his full proper day at the new stable. He has been a little bit stressed, but for the most part settling in just fine. He has his newfound love called FBI next to him, so whenever needed they cuddle over the boxes. So sweet to look at.

I also decided it was time to ride him as well. He is used to going to competitions in the past and so forth, so I figured the faster I do it, the faster he will get used to this new place.

We didn’t go for a long ride as for me it was more for him to get used to the environment and it was blowing so badly outside that he was a bit jumpy because of the wind.

The new arena is so big. I can’t believe dressage riders use this whole thing when they do a test. For me it would be way to much time to think in between going from one side to the other. Haha

Overall we are settling in fine and I’m happy we finished the day on a good note.

X.m

Harry’s horse Centaur

Ola Ola.

Another interesting product launch. This cap from Harry’s Horse called Centaur will launch mid April and have the price range of about 100 euro.

Looking a bit like Samshields without the hefty price tag. I actually think the blue one could be really nice for competitions. Now I keep looking at them I really like the black one as well.

What do you think?

X.m

Oh no, that didn’t lay there before!

Ola,

The joy of having a Zangersheide is that they can be quite weird and bloody when dealing with them.

Grumpy is generally a very secure horse, but the he has his moments where I start wondering if he has severely hit his head.

Last week someone left the poopscooper in the middle of the arena and mr thought this still standing thing was out to get him! “Hell no lady, I am not going over there!”

Then today after riding I walked with him to his stable when he suddenly stopped and wouldn’t move. As no one was around us I really couldn’t figure out what was wrong. So I stood there for a second and then I realized that someone had put a rug on the floor that normally didn’t lay there….. a woman had to come and move it for him to walk by it. Haha.

I also stood cleaning his leg when someone opened a door and he decided to run for it. So there I stood with my oilbrush in one hand and tried to grab for his tail. Oh oh. All I can do is laugh. As he stopped five meters further as he realized he was then alone.

Silly boy.

Who else has a horse like this?

X.m

A nice day at the stable

Ola Ola,

Today I was meant to come home from New York. But a long story short, because of miscommunication from the flight company I couldn’t go. So I flew to Norway and back home again the same day. Luckily my boyfriend was there to pick me up and we spent the weekend doing nice things together.

Therefore I decided that today I was going to chill out. Ride Grumpy, give him a nice overhaul and clean my tack without worrying about what the clock said. Was so nice to just hang about and not have to rush. He was feeling nice and fresh after the weekend, so we had a nice ride to.

I wish I could have days like this at the stable everyday, but then I gotta win the lottery. Won 20€ yesterday, so I’m a step closer to my pension now. Haha

Hope you have a nice evening!

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

Private lesson : 1 

Ola Ola, 

It’s Friday, yay! The best day of the week, besides Saturday and Sunday. Haha 

Today I had my first private lesson again. Well not first one, but the first one in a long while. 

As Grumpy is now building muscles again I want them to grow as steady and straight as possible. If that makes sense. And lately I’ve noticed that I fall short on basic knowledge which is hard to build if you only follow group lessons. So moving forward we will probably do a private lesson every second week. 

But ooh what was it fun! Suddenly you have a horse that walks trough it’s body so much better. And not only that, he wanted to work as well. I caught myself laughing in the middle of it(when I had time to breath that is. Haha), just because of the way he felt. Can’t wait for the next on now!


Hope you’ll all have a good weekend!

X.m 

NAF warming soap 

Ola, 

We all know how marketing fooled I got by “NaF’s bride it”. Now they’ve brought another product on the market. This one is called NAF warming soap. 

The claim for this body wash is that you can use it on your horse after excersizing and you don’t have to rins it off. Apparently the ingredients give a warming effect so that your horse feels warmer. 

“NAF Warming Wash this is a no rinse body wash containing Ginger and Clary Sage to warm and cleanse your horse on winter days. The formula contains no soap, detergents or thickening agents so it’s really gentle and very easy to use, just a couple of capfuls added to warm water. 

NAF Warming Wash lifts sweat and dirt with ease and the subtle warming fragrance is soothing and relaxing. “

Considering Grumpy is a super sweater and has a long fur, this could be interesting. Apparently it smells amazing. It costs 15,- euro. 

Have you tried it?

X.m