Ah, how good is Sunday? I wish I could have Sunday everyday. Just need to win the lottery first. Haha
Today Grumpy has finally trained properly for the first time in 2.5 weeks. I started noticing towards the end of the week that the energy was coming back and he wanted to work again. As he has lost quite some muscles on his back and overall I took him on the longe in hope that, that will build them up quicker. As we are just going to build up slowly and as stamina isn’t the greatest we did a 20 min workout today. Mostly focused on walking and trotting.
His mud fever/grease heel is still there and his left back leg is the worst one which is still pretty thick. It did open up a bit when working, but it’s either one or the other evil. I can’t have him lose more muscles now. Luckily he let me clean it and put on cream very gently. It’s nice to see he is trusting me after these last weeks of drama. Now he patiently waits to move his leg till have put on all the cream needed. So we are going in the right direction I think. It must mean it hurts less if I’m allowed to touch it.
It’s currently to warm for his 150g rug, so he is now wearing the Bucas Shamrock power at night, which seems to be giving the perfect temperature. It has the stay-dry inside to ensure all spots are kept dry for the rainrot.
Tomorrow we are finally going back to lessons. Not only he needs it, but my head as well. Haha.
Have a nice Sunday!
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
Happy animal day! With all of these photos of animals on my social media I end up missing Grumpy more and more. He is being taken really good care of tough, so bet he doesn’t miss me at all. Hehe
After one to many hours in the sun today, me and my boyfriend were laying bored at the hotel room. We are not drinkers and not really wine and dine every night kinda people, so after 3 days of watching series and shopping we decided to see what Mallorca had to offer when it comes to Horse stuff. Might have been me who decided that, but oh well, he was happy to get out of the room 😉
After some googling I found two shops. The Zona EQuus and the Horse shop. As the island is known for it leather works I was hoping one of them would have a nice leather halter.
We first went to EQuus which was a nice shop full of different brands from cheap to expensive. I was surprised to see how cheap, good breeches seemed to be. Many of them where like 50-60 euro, while in NL they would be at least a 100 euro. I found one halter here, but was so in doubt I didn’t buy it. They also had a Emerald Green Equiline saddle pad I’ve been wanting forever, but would have no clue how to bring that with me back home. Wouldn’t surprise me if Easyjet would charge me extra to carry it on. Haha
Leather halter from EQuus own brand. Can be bought HERE.
Secondly we went to The Horse Shop, which was almost so fancy I felt I had to go back home to change clothes before I went in. They sold all the expensive brands you would want from Kingsland, Prestige, Dyon to Equiline and so forth. They had a leather halter from Dyon, but at 130 euro I let it pass.
In the end I actually didn’t end up buying anything, but it was interesting to see which brands they have here compared to home. I saw an amazing sheep skin girth that was so much cheaper then in NL. Hope you’ve had a good animal day!
There is a lot of obvious things you see and do, but never realized the reason for it and how it might affect your horse. Makes sense no? Haha, let me just get into it. Just a disclaimer, this info was found after thorough research on the Internet.
*Drying your horse with a sweat scraper after a shower.
So I used to think that people would dry their horse quickly because it was annoying to get the water everywhere when you walked back to the stable and you wanted it to dry quicker. However it’s actually really important that you dry your horse in the summer with a sweat scrape if you shower it after working. If you don’t the water will lay on the horses coat and become extremely warm as the heat from the horse will heat it up and the horse itself is generally not equipped to deal with such heat.
*Everyone else has put a rug on so must I.
You might think that it’s not a problem that your horse is sweating a bit under its rug, but nothing is further from the truth. A too warm horse left over a certain amount of time can get colic and even an heart attack. So make sure your horse is not too hot under its winter rug.
*Ever wondered what those white spot on your horses legs or around the back are?
Let’s say you have a black horse, and you’ve had fetlock boots on and you’ve started noticing that there is white patches starting to appear on the area of the boots. This is because when you put too much pressure on a horses coat for too long it kills the pigmentation in the hair and in return you get white hair. You’ll see this a lot around illfitting saddles and boots that are put on too tight.
*I’ll just quickly put saddlegrease on my boots.
Eek, do you want too soft boots that start slouching? No? Then start using bootcleaner and care instead.
Hope you learned something new. Hoho
Oh finally Friday. This week felt like twelv years, it was like it was never going to end, but we made it guys. Finally on the sofa with my favorite liquorish and movie.
Yesterday I had the worst ride. Grumpy hates circles, I therefore hate circles. Man, I even screamed in the lesson that he was for sale. The monster Maria comes out when I’m tired and nope it’s not pretty. Grumpy spent half an hour getting warm and less stiff and then he spent half an hour being a super strong neurotic racehorse. My arms where complete jellyfish afterwards.
Today on the other hand he was much more relaxed and we could follow our own routine as we were riding alone. I’m starting to notice on Grumpy that he is finding the group lessons harder and harder. He becomes stressed when it’s to many horses and I’m not always able to warm him up in the way I know works for him. So moving forward there will be some changes to our riding schedule. I know some is going to say this is redicolous, but it’s time to listen to what he wants so I’ll make sure to take a group lesson less a week. If that makes him more relaxed then so be it. It will be more enjoyable for the both of us in the end.
Sunday we are staring to practice for our first competition together. Eeeek
Have a lovely weekend!
This morning I woke up by my uncle sending a picture of my niece riding on a horse for the first time. Aaaw. So cute when children sit on horses with the biggest smile ever.
When people ask my what I miss the most about Norway is, then that’s it. Not being able to see my little niece and nephew grow up is sometimes hard. My niece is the coolest little girl and I would love bringing her to the stable. But luckily I get to go home now and then to see them.
After waking up I started calling around to about 6 different tack-stores to try to find the Bucas Celtic medium rug. Me and Boyfriend had nothing to do today so I wanted to just go and buy it instead of buying it online. But it all turned into a total mission and we ended up taking a nice road trip to the north of the country to a really small town where they had it at a store called Zeeman dier en paard. This horse obsession is really bringing me all around the country. You need info about a tack shop? I got you. Haha
Today’s shopping. Musli, Equishine and rug.
Afterwards we went back to Grumpy for a fitting session.
Me and Juul having a in depth convo if the rug fitted or not. Haha. Grumpy couldn’t be less interested and just continued eating.
The reason why I’m buying the Bucas rugs is :
1. Because they have the stay dry inside which means you can lay them directly on your horse after working out eventough he is sweating. Grumpy sweats a lot in the winter and you can sit and wait for an hour for him to dry otherwise.
2. Because of this stay dry it means the sweat doesn’t go into the rug and make it cold which again affect his back as his muscles become stiffer when he is cold.
3. They last long and this one have a 3 year garantee which means I don’t have to buy another rug for a long time.
I now have a 150gram stable rug, then a 300 gram liner and a turnout rug. Which means I’m set. After having researched and thought about it for a week I seriously don’t want to see or read about rugs for a very very long time. Now I’m going to go and eat bread and drink water for the rest of the month. 💸
Have a nice eve!
Today my and my trainer/good friend Kim took the trip to Ermelo to check out the national championship in dressage. There was also the national championship jumping, but we didn’t really check that out.
When we arrived the freestyle of the medium advance(z2) was starting so we decided to check it out. Freestyle is definitely not an easy thing. Specially not riding on the rhythm of the music. You could see that most of them were not used to riding to music so there were some mistakes here and there, but overall entertaining. Joyce Huitink won with a whopping 8% higher then the rest, but you could also see that she was used to riding freestyles. It was a bit more put together then the rest and the music was good. For those that doesn’t know, she the trainer of the para-national dressage team.
I must admit I’ve heard a lot of really poorly put together music today tough. I’m happy my boyfriend didn’t come a long as his ears would bleed. Some sounded like they’ve taken the karaoke version of a famous song and hoped it would sound good. Eeek. But then again, how often do you actually ride a freestyle as a “normal” person?
You did see quite the difference between people that work in the horsesport and just regular people when it came to performance. It was interesting to see that you had good horses, but then there was a smashing one riding before and the good horse just end up seeming really bland. Some riders were also not really well trained in sitting trough the whole time. Overall I think it was mostly professional horse riders that were winning, which does make sense, but it was nice to see some regular riders in there as well. Gives a person hope ok 😉
Overall a really nice day. I didn’t expect it to be so large, with so many horses everywhere. Congratulations to all those that won and came as far as compeeting there, that is an achievement on its own.
Grumpy is looking more and more like a bodybuilder every day now. I wish I could raise my hand and said it was all down to my amazing riding, but it’s not.
For the last half year I’ve been lunging him twice a week to build muscles and better selfcarriage. It’s done amazing work for his back as I’m not good enough to build all of those myself yet. Even if he didn’t need the twice a week lunging I actually think I would still do it. It’s so good for your horse to move without you on your back and the muscles is always a plus.
“I’m done now right?”
So, Who’s watching the European championship in Gothenburg? I thought I had to pay for watching it, but FEI let’s you get the first month for free as long as you cancel the subscription in time.
Isabel Freese on the beautiful Bordeaux. Of course I need to show the only Norwegian 😉
Today both me and Grumpy were a bit tired. So instead of pushing and forcing him to move forward we took it chill. I made sure that he got his legs and back stretched and then he was allowed to chill around in the paddock.
It’s so quiet at the stable now as most people are on vacation so it was nice to sit outside and just enjoy the sound of the nature after a busy day at work. Sounds really cheesy, but coming from Norway I’m so used to being able to walk around alone in the nature so gotta enjoy this while I can.
Grumpy isn’t allowed to much grass, but every now and then he gets to go on it for about 15 min. He needs to be a horse sometimes to. He made sure to take full advantage of it.
Chilled Monday in other words. Hope you had a good start to the week as well!
Yesterday I had to drop by the horse tack shop to buy a dressage competition book. And as per usual when you do such a thing you come home with way more than you bargained for.
Walking trough the isles my eye fell on this thing from NAF – braid it up.
It looked fancy and smelled nice. And I thought to myself “it’s the second time that I will braid, of course I need such a thing”.
Way to go Maria. You just bought a 15 euro bottle of hairspray. I don’t even spend that much money on hairspray for myself.
Mind you I do love NAF’s product overall. Their vitamins are really great, but this is just a marketing product meant for dumb people like me. The spray is also way to hard and thin, so when I tried it out Grumpy hit his head in the ceiling.
Best 15 euro I’ve ever spent…