Don't be a fool, wear a helmet

Close to the stable Mr.Grumpy stays at there is a huge recreational area with a lot of smaller stables surrounding it. I often see many people from these go on hacks with their horses without a helmet on. Generally I think people should do whatever they want, considering its their health their messing with if they fall, however the other day on my hack I came across a riding school on a hack with 10 children and the instructor wasn’t wearing a helmet.

What on earth.

As an instructor your often a person that the children look up to and want to be like. This woman sitting on her horse not wearing a helmet disgusted me. Being such a bad role model. Can you image if this woman had to walk a bit on the asphalt, the horse gets scared, she falls off and the children have the possibility to witness a scattered brain on the pavement. While if she wore a helmet, she might actually be alright. With children involved I truly believe safety should come first.

During the Olympics in Rio the British dressage team decided to make a statement as they all wore helmet/hard hats instead of hats believing they would set a an example for everyone watching. I think its so great that someone on such a big podium tried to show the rest of the world that safety comes before fashion.

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With all the different helmets on the market today, there really is no excuse. I could put in loads of disgusting photos of people having fallen of their horses without a helmet on, but I’ll save you the distress, you get the point.  Wear a helmet please.

X.M
 

Riding in new boots 

Wow, what a difference it was to ride in my new boots compared  to my old boots. I felt I had so much more control and balance. Mr.Grumpy was also listening a lot better, so I guess it was a good buy in the end.

What a painful process it is to ride them in tough. The boots are super comfortable, but I’ve now got blisters on both of the inside of my knees. Going to have to patch them up before tonight.


My extra rider told me that Mr.Grumpy was super stiff on Tuesday, so I was really wondering how he would be yesterday, but it all went well. He seemed to be back to his normal grumpy self, so no problem there. My riding was not my the best, at a certain point my blisters were hurting so bad I started sitting weird to avoid the pain. Will have to do better today!

Petrie Padova

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As I told yesterday I went and bought new boots. It was quite a journey!

On Friday I went to Epplejeck Heemskerk who told me I wasn’t allowed to try the ones I wanted to try because she checked the size of my calf and said they would never fit. So the next morning we went to Divoza in Zoetemeer, which is a 40 minute drive from where I live. Once there no one came to help me and I couldn’t find anyone either so I decided to try on some boots myself.  I tried on the one that I wanted, and noticed it did fit around the calf, but they didn’t have the size I needed. So on we went to the next store which was Epplejeck Den Haag. The girl that helped me there was a lot nicer then the one the day before, but unfortunately they didn’t have my size, but at least I found out that the boots did fit around the calf for sure.

Thereafter I started calling around to loads of different stores: Levade in Haarlem didn’t sell them, Boer en dier in Muiderberg told me the size didn’t exist?! and then lastly I ended up checking Ooteman and they had them, the only issue was that they were over an hour away from where we were and it was 1530 and the store closed at 17.00. However we decided to drive there and I was so happy I did. Not only did they have the boots I wanted in both Black and brown, so I could choose, but they also provided great service. And to make it even better the boot was priced down from 299 euro to 245. Below you can finally see my new boot, the Petrie Padova. I was so afraid that I would need to customise boots as I have quite thick calfs(42 cm), but these fit perfectly because of the elastic on the back. Once I’ve used them a couple of times I’ll make a review. For now they do feel super comfy and love that the zipper is on the front side.

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