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!
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?
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.
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!
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?
Finally I got to ride Grumpy again today. Vacation was great, but being away from him for a week feels like forever.
During my vacation he managed to dint his nose slightly. His whole box has been searched and we can’t find out on what, but oh well, his nose is currently slightly swollen and he looks a bit sadface.
Which brings me to my new experience, riding without a noseband. I was a bit afraid I would loose the contact, but he was actually a lot finer to ride without the pressure on his nose. The only thing was that when he got hot I didn’t have as much say as normal. So then comes the question, to ditch the current noseband and go for another one or keep riding on the one I have. I must admit I’ve got no clue about bridles and nosebands, so I will have to read up on it and talk with some people for information. I know you got the new Micklem Bridles from Horseware, but I’ve got no clue if this reliefs the pressure and if it’s just a fashion hype. I know you can try low nosebands, but for some reason I can’t stand the looks of them. However if it works, maybe that’s a thing to try to. Ah well, never standing still in Horse land, once you’ve overcome one problem, you’ll find the next one 😉
If you got tips, feel free to fire them over!
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!
You know that feeling when you finally can sleep long and you wake up at 6 am totally happy and rested? Well, yesterday I had that. Today my alarm was at 8 am and I woke up with the most grumpy and tired face ever. Like only a proper woman can be;)
The whole they have been spent sleeping and going to the barn twice to let Grumpy out and in the walker. I’ve also tried to take on the job of cleaning my Rambo dry rug. I love the rug, but gees every single little thing gets stuck on it.
I took it home to try out different ways of cleaning it. Magic brush, cat hair brush, sticky tape and vacuum cleaner, but I simply can’t get it clean enough to be able to get it into the washing machine. So I stood there on my balcony with a face as long as a horse and kept trying to get it out.
I’m officially defeated.
So I sat down at the dinner table and had a good old whine about it, untill I started laughing of my first world problems. If my only problems is to loose wheight and cleaning a rug, then I really don’t have that much to complain about.
Tomorrow I’ll buy some duck tape and hopefully that should help. But be aware, if you want this rug, make sure that you know it’s a nightmare to clean.
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.