First day of spring

Ola ola,

I don’t think I’m the only who is loving the weather we are having right now.

13 degrees and sun instead of 0 degrees and rain. I can also notice on Grumpy that his body is less stiff when it’s a bit warmer.

Today I could finally have a lesson outside, which is not only good for him, but oh how lovely is it to have some fresh air?

For a while we’ve been a bit in a winter dip. I couldn’t find my grove when riding and he kept doing things so that he didn’t have to work, like running insanely fast when lunging or bucking in canter when riding. Today was the first time in a long time when it felt like he could handle it all again.

It reminded me how much I actually do love riding. I’m finally seeing an upwards line in our riding which feels really good.

Now, let’s just hope the spring has come here to stay. I’m not going back to 0 degrees!

Happy Saturday!

X.m

No Monday blues

Ola ola,

Before we started this whole process and the rehabilitation, I thought we would go through with the procedure and just return to our original schedule without much change.

Very, very naive.

I don’t think I fully realized how much time and effort it would take to get Grumpy back to full health. Rehabilitating a horse isn’t done in a second and it’s not for lazy people. I quickly understood that you can’t keep doing what you’ve done, cause then you’ll always get what you’ve got and for Grumpy that is not going to work anymore.

We now work with a much more adapted schedule. We are up to 3/4 days of riding, 2 days of lunging and one day of groundwork/fun times.

Grumpy is a very emotional horse and feeds off people’s energy. I and my boyfriend always used to have this joke about Grumpy being extra grumpy on Mondays. While the truth was that I was grumpy and tired on Mondays and this would feed on to him. Therefore we now spend this day doing something we both enjoy, groundwork.

To others, we might look really silly as we run around in the arena with carrots, but when I see him run around with his ears forward it makes it all worth it. We are slowly developing all the tricks at the same time as making his back stronger, but I’m going to check if I can find a trainer for the groundwork as I really want to learn more about it. I’ve been seeing a lot of movies lately with people being able to do everything with their horses with a clicker which I find super impressive.

If you know a good groundwork trainer in the Netherlands, please let me know. In the meanwhile, we will spend our Mondays running around haha.

X.M

The best equestrian black friday deals

Ola ola ,

I never used to care about sales before I moved to the Netherlands. For those that doesn’t know, there is this running joke that the Dutch are greedy, and I guess I’m becoming one.

Luckily there is this one day a year that literally makes people like me scream hurrah. Sounding very materialistic now? Oh well, means more money to buy my next horse. Or so I tell myself at least.

So what am I talking about? Black Friday sales of course. The sales where you get to buy what you have been wanting for so long. Maybe a new rug? That cap or those boots? Here you go, the best deals I’ve come across (these all ship internationally):

Epplejeck

Looking for a new rug og maybe a Kinglands saddle pad? Epplejeck got your covered. They have up  to 50% on a lot of items online. Their sales will start at midnight tonight, but I’ve seen a sneak peak and its definitely worth checking out HERE. If you are in the neighbourhood, they will have items with up to 75% sales in store.

Horze

Horze has up to 70% on over 9000 different items. They literally have everything you can imagine. I’ve heard their riding breeches are really nice, so I am going to buy one of those. You can find their sales HERE.

Divoza

Divoza has 25% off an item of choice, plus 25% of the entire autumn collection. You can check our their sales item HERE.

PS of SWEDEN

Gosh, I love so many of the PS of SWEDEN items. Like have you seen their emerald green saddle pad? It is so insanely pretty. Let’s not even discuss their bridles. If I ever get to start riding higher competitions I would definitely buy one of theirs. You can shop their 20% of everything HERE.

HOOKS 

Hooks has some of the best deals in the world when it comes to equestrian product, and now it got even better with several different deals all week. You can find them HERE.

HYPOSTORE

Hypoestore decided to smash it out with either 25% or 30% on absolutely everything. If you are a earlybird you will get 30% off , while if you wait it becomes 25%. You can use use the code Earlybird ONLINE .I know where I will buy my stirrups now!

 

Helsinki for the day

Ola ola,

Yesterday I flew to Helsinki to have a meeting with a client. I had never been to Finland before so was really excited to see if it was similar to Norway in anyway or not.

The minute I landed it felt a bit like being home. So much nature and a much more relaxed atmosphere then the Netherlands. I also had the best burger I’ve ever had. If you ever get to go you should check out Louylo at the harbor. Unfortunately I couldn’t enjoy Finland for long as I am already back in the Netherlands.

Grumpy wasn’t meant to have a day off today, but my head was a bit fried after a very long meeting and travel, so I went to cuddle, try out a new rug(yes, again haha) and a walk in the walker. It’s always so good walking into the stable after a long day and smell the horses. Or is that a terribly cheesy thing to say? Haha

X.m

Road to Recovery : Progressing

Ola ola,

Time for another update round. I realised I had talked a lot about rugs in the last posts, so I figured I would provide an update on where Grumpy is in his progress right now and how everything is going.

To be honest, early last week we had a bit of a dumper. I found him stiff and unmotivated. Though looking back, it was probably a bit because of a virus he got a couple of weeks ago. For the last few days he’s been doing really good and is happy and awake.

As he is now building more muscles with lunging I am able to give him harder work-out’s compared to the beginning. In the beginning if I used lunge aids he would struggle with moving well or even forward. This issue is now gone with the right amount of build-up, which I’m really happy to see.

I have also changed his feed a little bit. I was feeding him quite heavy sport muesli, but have now changed it to a lighter form, which seems to lift his spirits a bit as well. Yesterday he was piaffing beside me as he came out of the paddock, something I’ve not seen in months.

In two weeks I’m allowed to ride again for the first time. So hoping the arrow is now shooting upwards and everything from here on out will be a breeze.

x.m

Happy face

Ola,

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

X.m

HV Polo correction pro top

Ola Ola,

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.

Interesting.

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?

X.m

New rug : Bucas Celtic 

This morning I woke up by my uncle sending a picture of my niece riding on a horse for the first time. Aaaw. So cute when children sit on horses with the biggest smile ever. 

When people ask my what I miss the most about Norway is,  then that’s it. Not being able to see my little niece and nephew grow up is sometimes hard. My niece is the coolest little girl and I would love bringing her to the stable. But luckily I get to go home now and then to see them. 

After waking up I  started calling around to about 6 different tack-stores to try to find the Bucas Celtic medium rug. Me and Boyfriend had nothing to do today so I wanted to just go and buy it instead of buying it online. But it all turned into a total mission and we ended up taking a nice  road trip to the north of the country to a really small town where they had it at a store called Zeeman dier en paard. This horse obsession is really bringing me all around the country. You need info about a tack shop? I got you. Haha 


Today’s shopping. Musli, Equishine and rug. 

Afterwards we went back to Grumpy for a fitting session. 


Me and Juul having a in depth convo if the rug fitted or not. Haha. Grumpy couldn’t be less interested and just continued eating. 

The reason why I’m buying the Bucas rugs is :

1. Because they have the stay dry inside which means you can lay them directly on your horse after working out eventough he is sweating. Grumpy sweats a lot in the winter and you can sit and wait for an hour for him to dry otherwise. 

2. Because of this stay dry it means the sweat doesn’t go into the rug and make it cold which again affect his back as his muscles become stiffer when he is cold. 

3. They last long and this one have a 3 year garantee which means I don’t have to buy another rug for a long time. 

I now have a 150gram stable rug, then a 300 gram liner and a turnout rug. Which means I’m set. After having researched and thought about it for a week I seriously don’t want to see or read about rugs for a very very long time. Now I’m going to go and eat bread and drink water for the rest of the month. 💸

Have a nice eve!

National championship dressage – Netherlands 


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.

X.m


Friday eve

And there you go again, the week pass by so quickly. Wasn’t it just Sunday? Anyway, a long weekend ahead, so can’t complain!

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I was dumb enough to clean his saddle on Tuesday, which meant slipper slope on Wednesday. That together with having to have the stirrups longer because of a flesh wound on my knee made for a very interesting lesson in balance. And now your thinking, “But you shouldn’t clean the top of your saddle”. I know I know, but I normally put conditioner on it afterwards and then your literally stuck in the saddle instead. ah well, a little balance training can’t hurt anyone.

As I started my new job this week, Grumpy had to be put a bit on the back burner till I get settled. Need to come up with a new riding plan as well as I can’t ride earlier on the day anymore. I don’t understand how women can have full time jobs, children and then a horse. Must be superheros with more hours in a day then me! But ill figure it out somehow, just have to get used to it again.

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These photos are from exactly one year ago. So funny to see he haven’t changed much, just a bit more muscly.

Now I’m going to crash in bed, my brain is literally fried after a lot of new information entering it. Hope you’ll have a lovely weekend!

X.m