Been talking to myself 

Ola,

Do you know what the best feeling in the world is? It’s when you’ve been trying to get trough that level on candy crush forever and suddenly you did it. Yep, nothing can describe that feeling haha.

All jokes aside. Yesterday I did something I normally don’t do. Talk to myself. 

I decided after riding Grumpy in the arena to take him for a walk around the little gallop circle we have in the woods. It’s definitely not far from the stable, but far enough for me to freak out. But yesterday I had my big girl shoes on, and figured that if you want to overcome a fear, you gotta face it. So on we went. 

As per usual, Grumpy didn’t do a single thing… while me, I was talking to him like his ears would fall off. If people would have heard me they would have thought I was a nutter. “It’s ok boy, we’re gonna do this”,” don’t worry, almost there now”. Haha. But it did work and we did survive our little field trip. With every little step, that fear is getting less. Hopefully by the end of summer we can make bigger field trips. 


Picture from last time we tried back in December… 

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Van Olst Horses 

Ola,


Jai 

So unfortunately by mistake I ended up on the site of Van Olst horses and now I can’t get out of it. For those that doesn’t know, van Olst horses is a stable known for their great stallions for breeding: negro, painted black, Everdale, Glamourdale and so forth.


Joy

In their currently collection of horses for sale there is so many great stallions and geldings. I’m currently not looking for myself, but I love checking which horses have good gaits for the future. Wouldn’t mind having Jai in my stable, but I know he is already sold to a Dutch amazone in Italy. His trot tough, insane. I’m secretly in love with Joy, such a cutie. Ah I could look at this site forever. Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a new horse. Just a reminder, they don’t come cheap. Haha 


Fireball

X.M 

The week that went by 

Ola, 

So I guess it’s right what they say. The older you get the faster the time goes. The weeks are currently flying by. 

so update Grumpy:

The last couple of weeks I’ve worked a lot on the lunge to make him stronger on his left side. The left side has always been a weak point for him, so he would always have a bit of trouble going into left center. But now my friends, I’ve worked so hard on it that his right side is becoming weak……. dang. Haha. 

Due to him becoming stronger on that side my left arm is currently dying while riding. For some dumb reason I completely put it on lock when I ride and get cramps. So thinking of planning in some private lessons next week to see if I can get rid of it before the whole arm falls off. Making a horse straight is really an art on its own.  

I’m also realizing I’m really happy I don’t have children cause Grumpy is getting fat. Yep, I’m a feeder, I’m admitting it. Luckily it’s a lot easier making Grumpy move then children, so the next weeks he is going on a diet to get back in shape. I did buy a “light” candy, which is good for horses that easily get laminitis though. Grumpy seems to love it(who am I fooling, he eats anything eatable), but if you are looking for a better option, this is the one. 


Last, but not least. Grumpy finally got to go on the land today together with his boyfriend Tristan. It’s so funny to see how good friends they are and enjoy hanging out together. He still haven’t figured out that he can eat through the mask so he just walks around saying hi to the other horses. 


Now it’s time for trash tv and chai tea. 

Hope you’ll have a great weekend.

X.m 

Roeckl Laila sun glove 

Ola, 

Summer is just around the corner, and we all know what that means. Lovely tan lines here and there. I particularly love the ones you get from your tee or singlet. Straight across your arm. From tan to white in one second. Nothing is more sexy. 

Now Roeckl is here to save the day when it comes to tanlines on your hands. They’ve created a glove with a special mesh fabric that makes the sun shine through while you still got grip on the reins. 



I don’t know if I fully believe the concept as you’d still get a line over the end of your hand, but I’ll give them a star for trying. Maybe they can create shirts with this fabric as well? Or pants. Now then we’re talking. The gloves can be bought for 30 euro at your Roeckl retailer or online on Hypostore

If you’ve tried them, let me know if they work!

X.M

SGW Clusius 2017 – My first eventing experience

Ola,

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Hope you’ve had a good weekend! As per usual nowadays mine been filled with all things horsy.

For the first time in my life I went to a eventing competition on Saturday. Manege Beukers and Clusius were organizing their yearly SGW which was also the qualifiers for the Dutch Eventing Championship. Lotte from my stable was going to compete, so I tagged a long to see how a day in a life of an eventer looks like.

I must say I’m so envious of the things she dares to do. She only 14, but the determination and winning mind that she has will take her far. She competed two horses yesterday, as one finished, it was straight onto the next one to compete that one. It does help a little that she’s not scared of a thing in the world. I often stand with my mouth open when she practices jumping 1.20m without hands back at the stable. Can’t wait to see how the National championship will go as she’s trough with one horse.

I was standing on the top of a hill taking the photo above and they told me the hill was used in the higher classes. pffft. If I were to try this I would probably close my eyes, pee my pants and squeal like a baby while Grumpy would take me around the course. For those that doesn’t know, Grumpy is an old eventing horse that used to compete internationally on 1star level. Knowing that the obstacles I saw yesterday were small compared to the ones he did I don’t understand how he did it.

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Eventing is so incredible cool! The atmosphere at the event was so different from the typical dressage competitions. People were really chilled, talked to each other and helped each other out if need to be. All the horses had their ears forward and seem to love life. Most of them were so used to tents, cars, people and so forth, so it was nice to be in an environment were everyone were just buzzing around. It was my first SGW competition, but definitely not my last.

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X.M

My top 10 annoyances with horse riding

You know, whether we like to admit it or not. We all got our annoyances when it comes to horse riding. Below you can find a list of mines. And before you go ahead and read about them, just remember to take them with a pinch of salt. Taste better that way. 

1. It’s a beautiful day outside. You decide to take your horse out for a little ride. Little did you know that protein was on the menu that day and you would end up eating about ten flies. Mmmm. Yummeh

2. Unlike us humans, horses can poop wherever they want to. Lucky them… for some horses they seem to truly enjoy this being in the cleaning area. This isn’t really an issue, the issue is their humans who just thinks that it’s a bouquet of flowers and leaves it there for the next person and horse that comes around. Thanks, really appreciate that.

3. You are about to mount your horse before the group lesson. As the good human being that you are, you use a step up(so that  the horse back stays good). However you’re horse thinks otherwise and starts moving. Then you hear this little squeaky voice behind you “oh what a naughty horse, isn’t he trained”. Thanks for your comment dude, exactly what I want to hear at that moment. Next time your horse is naughty it’s going on Facebook!

4. So you’re in the arena, doing your thing. Having that Anky moment. And this person, who thinks that no one else is there cuts straight in front of you. Anky moment gone.  Gosh, sometimes I really hope I never meet these people in traffic. I don’t wanna know how they are there. 

5. “Maria, move your right leg and left hand, and Grumpy will do this, this and this”. Right. Let me just spend another 1 minute to remember which side was left and which side was right and I’ll come back to you… #slowbrain 

6. Amma just leave my wip here for one second and once I come back Abrakadabra, it’s gone. In some people’s head they consider it “borrowing”. Sorry mac, let me give you a newsflash, if you “borrow” my wip and I don’t get it back. That’s stealing. 

7. “Oh, you were supposed to lunge in the paddock at 7?” “Sorry, I was just zipping my tea, chatting along and the time just flew away” no worries mcflurry, you just wasted my time that I unfortunately won’t get back because at 730 it’s someone else’s turn. “Oh come on, don’t be so strict on the time”. Lady, let’s do this discussion over again when your horse gets five min less every time because of me. Bet that pipe will have another tone. 

8. You’re ready to rock and roll and put your cap on. Little did you know that the hair monster was out to get you that day and that one stray of hair will almost make you wish your horse would buck so you would forget it. 

9. Tar. Probably if not the worst smelling thing in the world. Hence why I do not touch it. Call me primadonna, I don’t care. It’s either that or my whole stomach turning. But then, you got those people loving to tar the hoofs of their horses and in the meanwhile they tar everything around them as well. So there I am, walking around with no worry on my mind and I step right into it….. damn you human being!

10. It’s been beautiful weather all day. So you buckle up to lunge and then as you step into the paddock or wherever you do it, the floodgates open. It’s like heaven thinks you’re dirty and needs to get a wee bit cleaner.  Not only is lunging boring enough, but let’s get that shower in as well shall we. 


X.m 

Hair Hair Hair and some eventing 

Ola,

I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy over an animal shedding its coat, but Grumpy has finally started shedding. Now I only have to spend a month brushing him, but oh well, I’m still happy with the fact that he soon won’t be a bear anymore. 


Someone didn’t like me after I lunged him today. Haha 

Anyhow, over to something completely different. Eventing. I’m kinda trying to decide whether these people are just completely insane or just doesn’t have a mind at all. Somewhere in between there they must be. I was watching the cross part from Badminton this weekend and I must just say wow, big respect to the people daring to do that. I for one would pee my pants and faint if I tried. I might go to my first Dutch one to look on Saturday, depends how the weather goes, we shall see.


X.M

Just a little bit can’t hurt right? 

Ola, 

So today was the day to try out the new mouthguard on Grumpy, so that he can go on the land with the other horses. 

The reason why he has to use the mouthguard is because he has almost had laminitis(hoefbevangen) in the past and to avoid this coming back he can’t eat grass. 

A lot of people find this type of mouthguards really sad looking and not nessescary. I can’t tell how many times someone has told me “oh, but just a little bit of grass can’t hurt”. So to ensure I wasn’t being a overprotective nelly I had yet another talk with my farrier about it. 

He straight up told me that the best thing I could do for Grumpy, was to not let him out without the mask, cause the chance of him getting laminitis was way to big. He told that he faced huge issues with people standing at big stables being overhauled by people saying their opinion without really knowing and him ending up with yet another horse with laminitis. He said he would advice people not to let the horse grass and then they wouldn’t listen and afterwards come crying back to him. 

I often feel I overreact and become overprotective of Grumpy because other people say “pfft, it’s not that bad”(something I got to learn not to listen to). So today, getting the validation that I am not, that I am just looking out for the well-being of my horse feels good. Laminitis can be extremely painful and even deadly for horses. Advising someone that has almost had it to go out and grass isnt good. Unless you know the horse inside out or am a farrier, you shouldn’t give any advice. 

Luckily Grumpy didn’t react badly to the mask. He just had a bit of a walk around the field and quickly settled down to watch whatever was happening. Which again means that I next week can let him out for more hours. So overall win- win today!


X.M

PS of Sweden halters 

Ola,

I’ve written about the product of PS of Sweden before, but then about the saddle pads. Yesterday I came across their leather halters which are stunning. I like that they try to think new and comfort for the horse. All of them are made in a way that releases pressure around the ears. 


I would love to own the first one, but at 148 euro it’s a bit expensive, the two last ones are around 100 euro. You can buy them on the site of Ps of Sweden

X.m

Lunge lesson 

Ola Ola,


A while ago I started using a lunge girth when lunging Grumpy, but I felt a bit insecure about using the ropes. So today I had a lesson with my trainer. 

Grumpy is a horse that loves walking on his forehand instead of using his back legs. Which in return isn’t good for his back at all and his backlegs kinda just dribbles along. Not the best look. So today my trainer showed me some techniques to get him more forward and on his backlegs. I have noticed that since I’ve started using the girth he has built a lot more backmuscles, which is really important for him. He still has a long way to go, but we have at least started moving. I need to work on becoming a bit more dominant which became very apparent as my trainer only had to say hoopla and he started cantering. So if anyone got “dominance” tips, feel free to share them. 

He was pretty sweaty after the lesson, so I let him chill out and roll around in the sand before he got a good brush. 


Girth, ropes and underlayer all from Harry’s Horses. 

X.M