Good thing I’m not planning on selling him otherwise this would be a really bad advertisement for him. But so why do I call Mr.Grumpy?
1. I hate everyone, except for a few
Mr.Grumpy would definitely belong to the cool group at school if he was a human. Only a few horses are ok. The rest are out to kill him. He particularly hate frisians or small quick horses. He prefers females or his best friend Tristan.
2. I’m going to hang if you put me there
If your going to brush or do something special to him, it’s better not to put him on the chains. Then he will either stand on his back legs or freak out completely. Hence why I generally saddle him alone by the closet so he can stand freely and look.
3. Don’t touch me
I unfortunately don’t know too much about Mr.Grumpys past, but if you touch him in the wrong places he will either bite or kick you. His stomach is definitely a sensitive area. I’ve been working on it for a couple of months now, so now I’m allowed to touch and brush him there without him lifting his leg, but putting a blanket on him, oh my….
4. Vets & dentist
Pffft. Going to the vet or dentist is definitely not a walk in the park, it’s a big fat nightmare. Tomorrow he is going to the dentist and will have to be sedated to do so. Taking a blood test generally takes 3-4 people if you want to be quick.
5. My precious
On one side it’s rather sweet, on the other extremely annoying. If he feels that I am in any circumstance not safe he will protect me. This means attacking any dog or horse that comes to close. Only issue is that he forgets me in the middle of it and can easily jump on me instead of away from me.
In the beginning when I had just bought Mr.Grumpy I thought I had bought a nightmare. I was such a newbie and he really reacted to that, but now that I’m used to it I know how to move and be around him so we don’t have any issues anymore. He is definitely a horse with a manual, but on the other side he is the perfect learning horse. He is really safe outside, won’t buck you off and will give you all he’s got. He can also be quite funny and is great with children. He is definitely not a boring one!
Today me and Mr.Grumpy have our 1 year anniversary.
I remember seeing this photo of him and instantly falling in love.
So this day last year I picked him up and the minute he stepped out of the trailer he walked lame. The horse I had tried twice and watched at competition was not walking correctly straight away.
However after a week from hell where we ended up changing stables back to where he came from and two different vet appointments it all ended well luckily.
I am so happy I ended up changing stables, and I doubt that it would have gone very well if I hadn’t. I’ve gotten so much help from people and learned so much. I honestly would never have sold Mr.Grumpy to myself if I had seen how hysterical I was the first months, but thankfully with all the help we’ve managed to get quite far. It almost feels like I’ve gained a new horse family.
My life before Mr.Grumpy was loads of travels, expensive dinners, expensive handbags, redicolous taxi rides and loads of people one shouldn’t have in their life. I often complain that I have no money anymore, but the joy he gives me is well worth it, especially on a day like today when he walks like a star.
Thank you Kim, Julia, Nicolette, Ton, Carla, Christa, Michel. And the rest of the Spaarnwoude family. I should have brought cake, but you can all grab a carrot from my closet. Hahah
As 2016 will be our first proper year together I’ve set up a few goals that we are working towards. I think its important to have goals to be able to improve and get to know eachother better.
As you’ve probably(hopefully) read before we are having problems with the left canter. He has a tendency to counter canter instead of just going into the left canter. He is not doing this with any other riders, so its a miscomunication between us that I need to fix. If I go from walk directly to counter we have no problem, its from trot to canter it comes up. This one should be gone in a couple of months hopefully. He did a great job in fridays lesson atleast.
My ultimate goal with competitions this is to start in B and hopefully ride that out. Mr.Grumpy knows everything up to level Z, so it shouldnt be that difficult. Once I have the left canter under control and feel I can do a round well I am going to start.
Mr.Grumpy is stalled in an area with great hacking possibilities. A short ride away you can also find mile long beaches which I would love to ride on one day. Unfortunately my anxiety for riding outside is pretty bad, but its sometime we are really practicing on now that the weather has become better. He is super calm and nice outside, so I just need to sit back and relax myself. Hopefully by the end of the year we can ride alone in the forrest.
This one is more for fun. As he is a retired eventer/jumper he does them really easily. Hopefully by the end of the year we will go from doing a single change to a double. Plus we need to do the single ones more smoothly and prettier.
However the most important goal is to just get to know eachother and have fun. I am an beginning equestrian and I therefor bought Mr.Grumpy as a learning master which he has already really proven himself in. I’ve learned so much the last half year, cant wait for what the future will bring for us.
Hopefully by the end of the year I will be able to write that we have reached them all!