After a rather long day at work I was met at the stable by a loud whinny from Grumpy. If that doesn’t make you smile as a horse lover, then little will.
As I had one hour of sleep last night, he got a day off today. I’ll also make the excuse that this weather is a tad bit to warm for a Viking like me at the moment. Grumpy on the other hand seems to enjoy it loads and is becoming more awake by the day.
After having a walk in the walker and a shower I turned him out on the land. It took him exactly ten minutes before he wanted to come in again because of all the flies. So tomorrow I’m heading for the store for a flying mask. I’ve never had this issue before now, but there is so many flies at the moment it’s almost impossible not to get one.
I also must admit that the grumpy, Grumpy is gone. The “old” man is enjoying life and I rarely see him put his ears in his neck anymore. He is not a super fan of the mare beside him, but for the rest he says hello to everyone and wants to cuddle. It’s interesting to see how a change of scenery can change a horse so much. Today I put a bucket of carrots and apple juice/water outside and as he ate, a horse came close by. Before this would mean war and he would attack, but now he couldn’t care less and keeps eating.
Makes a horsemommy heart very happy.
How bad isn’t it that our mood gets so affected by our riding?
For the past month me and Grumpy has been on different planets. He went left when I wanted to go right and he stopped when I wanted to go forward. It was not sexy, not sexy at all.
Somewhere a long the lines I realized that I had been sleeping. The warm weather made me give him some more days off then I should have and generally I had been lazy. So I decided to get my shit together, in lack of different words and start working again.
Today I finally got a bit of payback for my work. For the last month it felt like I had to carry Grumpy, while today he decided to use his own legs. What a feeling. When he decides to do that, I don’t need to look like a wild monkey on his back either and can focus on sitting a bit better and hold my hands where they should be.
So back to my initial sentence. How happy don’t you feel when you’ve had a good ride? Gosh. I would almost pay to have a good ride every day. Haha
This weekend I was on a weekend away. As I lay with a nice drink in my hand on the beach(completely not relevant), I get a message from my boyfriend.
“Have you been shopping again? ”
Although I admit I can often go on a shopping spree I hadn’t ordered something in a while. So I asked him to send me a picture of the content of the box.
To my surprise is contained a clincher browband from Schockemohle that I ordered, wait for it:
2 bloody years ago.
I can’t believe it! I was on vacation in Marbella back then and looked all over the internet for this clincher. After hours of looking I found it on a Dutch webshop and decided to order it. After two weeks of waiting I sent an email, but never got an answer and afterwards I saw the site was down. I’ve got no idea why the shop decided to send it after two years, but I really don’t need it anymore.
Maybe I can make any of my readers happy? It’s a classic Schockemohle Clincher in gold, size Cob. Holla if your interested.
Even tough I love the sun and the warm weather, I’ve noticed that Grumpy has become a bit dehydrated lately.
My instinct was to just to get him more water, but then I got a tip to mix a bit of apple juice in with the water to make it a bit sweeter. This way they drink even more. For a more fun element I added in a couple of apples and carrots. Needless to say, Grumpy had the time of his life drinking and eating it all up.
Quick and easy fix for this warm summer weather.
You know that feeling when your horse have been outside with his raincoat on, rolling around, having fun and then he/she comes in and you have to hang the rug over your other rugs which is hanging on your stable door? Making them all dirty as well.
I actually stole this tip from a stable friend who had hung up one. A rug bag for your stable door.
I bought mine from QHP a couple of weeks ago and it’s proving itself very useful. It’s super easy to click on your door and you can still slide the door open. The one on the picture above is currently carrying 3 different sweat rugs(yeah let’s not get into why I have 3 different ones), all staying nice and clean while the dirty rain coat can hang on top.
Here are some different options:
QHP – 21.95 euro
BR – 25 euro
Yep, I’ve made my own syndrome. Schoolrider syndrome is when you’ve been used to riding in group lessons and you move to a place where there is none and you forget how to horse ride. Sounds silly, but when your so used to ride around in circles, having someone tell you what to do every time, you become a lazy rider.
Now that I finally have a fitting saddle it was time to deal with the “I’m going to fool you all day long and not work” attitude of Grumpy. Which generally meant finding any possible way to make me work super hard, and not him.
Last week I started training properly with a trainer again and finally got the joy back in riding. It’s been so much back and forward that today I suddenly heard in the ear set “Maria I know your happy he is moving forward, but please remember to ride instead of just smiling” I totally had a moment of total blissfulness when feeling that he wanted to work again.
We are really far off from where we should be, but if things go like they do today we are on the right track. Hopefully by the end of the summer we can start thinking about competitions.(knock on wood).
I also got my first equestrian tan today. And gosh it ain’t pretty. Gotta love the gloveline. Hoho
Photos from another day, but this is generally our days right now. Enjoying and showering 🙂
What a day.
Today the saying trough blood, sweat and tears is fitting.
Well slightly dramatic, but at a certain point I thought Grumpy was ready for the green fields and could no longer be used as a riding horse.
I called the saddle fitter because my saddle didn’t fit Grumpy anymore. His body has changed a bit lately and he was letting me know with riding that he didn’t like the saddle anymore. I hoped that we could still fit it, but unfortunately not, so on I went on a “try every saddle in the universe” adventure.
Before we started I said to him “you must be such a patient person”, not knowing I was going to use 3 hours of his time to find a fitting saddle.
I started off rather positive, trying new saddles is always fun, but after the 8 one my patient started running out and I thought we would never get there. We tried literally every brand out there, but Grumpy wouldn’t move properly into trot. At a certain point he even had to go on the longe to check that he was ok.
Then someone walked by and said “why are you using this arena, the other one is so much better” and as both me and the saddle fitter was pulling our hairs out at this point we figured why not and on we went to the big arena which has a different underground. And yep, voila. The diva decided that everything was alright and decided to start moving. Pfft.
I can’t even express how happy I am that Kees Bregman is just as a perfectionist as me and kept trying till we found the right one. It was hard work, but we got there in the end. I’ll go an eat soup for the next 5 years now, but at least I can sit great and Grumpy can move without restriction.
It’s innovation time again. This time it’s coming from HV Polo with their correction pro top.
This top is meant to remind you to keep your shoulders back and your back straight with putting a slight pressure on it.
I’ll be the first to admit that I could use something like that. Whether or not it works I don’t dare to say, but my favorite breeches are from the HV polo pro range, so I know the top will definitely be of good quality. It comes in a breathable material and is figure slimming for those of us with a few extra pounds.
Can be bought at Epplejeck for 70 euro. There is a normal version as well as a show version.
Have you tried it? Does it work?
Hope you are all doing well!
A while back I heard about this new sport muesli called Ease and Excel from Pavo. Specially designed for horses with stomach problems. Recent tests have proved that a lot more horses then at first thought has stomach problems.
I’ve often thought that Grumpy had it too, that’s why I found this food quite interesting. He is a bit of a stressy one and his old food schedule wasn’t the best with quite long periods between feeding. I actually wasn’t aware that horses should eat every 4 hours to avoid stomach problems. This way they produce spit which again protects the stomach. However at the moment he is looking and feeling quite well so I am hesitant to change his feed.
I ordered a test package from Pavo for free to check out how it looked. It smells very rabbit food, but looks quite yummy, from a horse point of view. Haha. The muesli also have several other good vitamins and minerals to help the horse have a faster recovery after working.
Only a vet can check if your horse got stomach issues, but look for signs like tiredness, teethgrinding when not working, yawning a lot and light colic appearances. If your horse shows any of these signs this feed might be for you.
Let’s start this post with a disclaimer. If your horse is coughing and you don’t know why, you should go to the vet.
Last week the Netherlands decided to become a tropical paradise with 30 degrees and sun everyday. This was all fun and games until Grumpy decided he was going to start coughing his lunges out.
In case you don’t know, coughing is really bad for horses as it can rip the lounges apart or create long lasting issues. It’s therefore important that you deal with the issue quickly. In this case I knew Grumpy didn’t have a virus as he’s had this issue before. When it gets to warm in combination with dust he starts coughing.
Normally I call the vet and get a dose of Ventipulmin, but at the lovely cost of 150 euro all together I was hoping to find something else that would work. A stable mate recommended NAF respiratory boost to me, and I figured that I had nothing to loose so on I went to the shop to buy it.
And it works! Even within two days he was significantly better and now it’s almost gone. For a liter bottle you pay 50 euro which is a lot less then 150. Definitely worth a shot for those with horses that have dust allergies or bronchitis.