And then it wasn’t so scary after all

Ola Ola,

As I often start my posts about the weather, can someone explain to me why it’s suddenly winter again? I didn’t sign up for this!

So, now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about horses.

Sometimes when you can’t do something yourself it’s ok to ask for help. Tonight Grumpy went on the longe for the first time at the new stable. But because he reacts so much to my anxiety for every single little thing it was better to have someone with us that would make him used to the space without any anxiety. Luckily I have awesome friends that are willing to help out even when the weather is far to cold. Ivonne was the hero tonight and Grumpy didn’t get scared once. Thank you so so much!.

Afterwards we battled the scary room and after a while it wasn’t so scary after all. Grumpy is a horse that needs guidance and calmness, which I need to learn to provide. It’s a good lesson for myself to remember to breath.

Maybe we should do a breathing course together. Haha

Someone is enjoying his new power cooler from Bucas. It’s going to be his stable rug for when it gets a bit warmer.

Have a nice weekend!

X.m

The scary room

Ola Ola,

As per usual we have found another challenge to overcome.

This time the challenge is to make Grumpy understand that one specific room is not full of scary little monsters. I have about two weeks to make him used to this room before the farrier is coming and he will have to go in there whether he wants it or not.

Yep, he won’t even look at me.

Today I had 15 tries before he finally walked in. Every try before that ended in him standing still as a frozen figure right before the door. People that walked by must have thought we were idiots as the room isn’t scary at all.

Here you have it. The scary room. I mean, I don’t see it at all. All the horses are more then friendly and not moving around. When I finally managed to get him in we ended up standing 10 minutes to make him used to it before we walked back to his stable. What an absolute drama queen.

Who else have such a diva?

X.m

First lesson

Ola Ola,

Time is flying by at the moment. Last weekend was my birthday weekend, so a lot of time was spent with friends and family instead of blogging.

In the meanwhile Grumpy has settled into his new home well. He is being a lot happier and relaxed at the moment, which makes me feel happy and that my decision to move was right.

Today we had our first lesson at the new stable. Was definitely needed as my riding had gone south the last week. It was a bit harsh going from riding a lot of group lessons to having to decide every ride on my own. Too used to having someone tell me what to do, but now we are on our way and will try to do private lessons twice a week, as long as the wallet can afford it.

Homework for this week is to make quicker decisions on what to do when he lift his heads up and try to control his shoulders more plus being a consequent rider. So that’s going to be what I will work at this week.

Happy Monday to you all. We are one day closer to the weekend. Wohoo

X.m

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

BR Sigma cap

Ola,

A lot of people were excited with the new cap from Harry’s horses. The only thing with that one is that it had an adjustable wheel in the back, which can be really annoying. However it seems to be cap release week as BR has just launched a new one as well. The Sigma. A quite classy cap without the wheel in the back. I will say tough, for those riding dressage, you might have issues getting your bun underneath it, but for training it’s perfect. The price is around 80 euro and you can get it with a normal leather looking top or glitter top in black and blue. Below images of them both.

What do you think of it?

X.m

Mud Fever Woof wear boots

Good morning!

Netherlands has luckily been dry the past few weeks(knock on wood), but boy this winter has been muddy.

What does muddy mean? Most of the time that your horse gets mud fever. The good old jolly mud fever. Now Woof Wear has created a mud fever boot that protects your horses legs from mud when going outside. When Grumpy was on his worst with the mud fever, he couldn’t go outside, so if he still had it I would use these. Or at least try, he can’t even use transport boots. Haha

They cost around 60 euro for a pair and can be bought at your usual equine shop. Here in the Netherlands they will be available at HorseFitShop in March.

Hope you’ll have a Good Friday!

X.M

Out with old…

And in with the new….

This first product below I’ve bought several times spite that it doesn’t really work for Grumpy. I see everyone getting beautiful mane and tail from it, but for some reason unknown, Equishine from Sectoline just doesn’t work on Grumpy.

Nothing dramatic of course, but I wanted something new that would work and I generally love the products of Cowboy magic so I thought I would give the super bodyshine a go. And wow, what a difference. Suddenly I can or Grumpy in this case can parade around with a nice mane and tail to!

It’s a tiny bit more expensive, but such a better detangler.

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