Falpro

Ola,

Have you ever heard about Falpro rugs? No? Me neither until a couple of month ago. For the last few years Charlotte Dujardin was sponsored by Bucas, but she has now switched over to Falpro. As I’m always intrigued by brands that we don’t have in the surroundings I wanted to take a closer look to the brand.

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At first glance it looks a lot like the rugs from Horseware. They have several good looking rugs and you can always add a liner to them to make them warmer in the winter. However as I haven’t had one in my hands I can’t say how they feel quality wise, but I’ve heard their really good quality, but tend to be rather heavy. They’ve also got extras like halters, saddle pads and travel boots.

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There is a few things I really like about this brand which I wish Bucas would adopt to their lines. Number 1 is the fact that the surcingels is fastened on the outside of the rug. On the new Bucas rugs these are on the inside. Which means that when the horse lays down they go directly into the skin of the horse which cannot be very comfy. Number 2 is that most of the stable rugs comes with a soft fleece neck which won’t damage the mane and number 3, all the outdoor rugs have flash stripes on the front and back so your horse will light up in the dark if there were to come a car.

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At the moment it doesn’t seem that you can buy these rugs in the Netherlands, but you can buy them online HERE. The prices are at the level of Bucas and Horseware.

Have you ever tried one of these rugs?

X.m

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Last injection 

Good morning.

It’s the last work day of the week. Yay. Or friyay as most says. I only have a public speaking course, and then it will be weekend for me to! 


The other day the vet came to the last time for Grumpy. His legs kept being thick so had to check it one last time. The mud fever is now almost gone, but the vet thinks he got another virus and that’s why his legs are thick. So he got a new injection to make them thinner and then from there on out we should be fine. 

Grumpy is usually a little diva when such things happen to him, but this time he was totally fine. Didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t hold him with the injection as he feels me getting nervous and then he freaks out to. 


“I’ll stay away from you now” haha 

The vet will be coming back to give him a massage next week and then we can start training properly again. Wohoo. Can’t wait to see him in shape again. 

Have a great Friday!

X.m

Amidale 4 flex sport stirrups 

Good evening,

About a month ago I noticed that the rubber was bursting on my flex stirrups from Epplejeck. So I decided to look for new ones. I mean, I would love to buy the Sprenger bow balance, but they are so expensive I just can’t seem to justify the price. It’s like buying super expensive body lotion, biggest waste of money ever. However as my knees really need the flex I started looking for alternatives online. 


After a bit of research I came across the Amidale 4-flex sport stirrups. They’ve been highly recommended by a lot of people on the net, so I decided to give them a go. I must say so far I’m pleasantly surprised. The flex is good, I really like the black(you can get them in all colors possible), and they provide a good grip. I tried them out yesterday and didn’t have any problems with my knees. 


I bought mine at De Paardengruiter for 43 euro. I didn’t knew the site on beforehand and was a bit sceptical to order from them, but didn’t have to be at all. They’ve provided great service and the product was neatly packed in. There was an issue with the delivery and they notified me on WhatsApp which is so much better then dealing with everything over mail. Top notch service(no they didn’t pay me to say that, haha). 

X.m 

The cream lady 

Ola, 

Since I was young I’ve never really appreciated the feeling of creams. Specially hand cream. It’s something about that sticky feeling that freaks me out. 

However the last two weeks I’ve totally become a cream specialist. My whole tack closet is filled with Sulphur cream, baby cream, desinfector cream and so forth. 


The mud fever is now almost gone from the front legs, but the backlegs won’t budge. The skin is growing again, but I now feel I find more scabs dotted out on his hoofs. Very difficult to describe, but I’m having a hard time seeing if it’s getting better or not. I’ve given myself till Wednesday and if I then haven’t seen clear improvements I’ll call the doctor for antibiotics. 

For the rest the man himself seems to be healthy and quick. He almost killed me due to a fox in the bushes on our walk today. 


X.m

Favorite day of the week 

Ola,


Ah, how good is Sunday? I wish I could have Sunday everyday. Just need to win the lottery first. Haha 

Today Grumpy has finally trained properly for the first time in 2.5 weeks. I started noticing towards the end of the week that the energy was coming back and he wanted to work again. As he has lost quite some muscles on his back and overall I took him on the longe in hope that, that will build them up quicker. As we are just going to build up slowly and as stamina isn’t the greatest we did a 20 min workout today. Mostly focused on walking and trotting. 


His mud fever/grease heel is still there and his left back leg is the worst one which is still pretty thick. It did open up a bit when working, but it’s either one or the other evil. I can’t have him lose more muscles now. Luckily he let me clean it and put on cream very gently. It’s nice to see he is trusting me after these last weeks of drama. Now he patiently waits to move his leg till have put on all the cream needed. So we are going in the right direction I think. It must mean it hurts less if I’m allowed to touch it. 

It’s currently to warm for his 150g rug, so he is now wearing the Bucas Shamrock power at night, which seems to be giving the perfect temperature. It has the stay-dry inside to ensure all spots are kept dry for the rainrot. 


Tomorrow we are finally going back to lessons. Not only he needs it, but my head as well. Haha. 

Have a nice Sunday! 

X.m

Kingsland Jane Pantyhoes 

Ola,

When you come from Norway you are more or less born in wool products. Most kids grow up wearing wool tights and sweaters in the winter.

Every winter I pull out my woolen socks from the closet which definitely helps when you are standing in the cold longing or trying to sleep and it’s cold at night.  But most people in the Netherlands doesn’t know the benefit of woolen products. In Norway you can buy thin socks and outfits at the supermarket. Here you need to go to a special store. Haha

Wool makes you warm when your cold and cold when your warm. That’s the easiest description I can make I think. Sweat transports to the outer layer and you’ll stay warm and comfortable.

Kingsland(Norwegian brand by the way) has now invented the Jane pantyhoes which is a woolen panty to put under your breeches. This is what they say about it: “Superior fitted wool-mix smart-layer/ pantyhose with nylon on calf’s for better fit in riding boots. Wide elastic band on top for good fit and comfort. Kingsland metal tab below rib on left hip.”

For those riding outside this is definitely a good product. You can buy it HERE for 25 euro.
X.m

Five years 

Ola,

The other day I was looking trough all my photos on my Dropbox and realized that on the 18 of October 2012 I started horse riding. I had a little stint of riding when I was 10, but due to circumstances I couldn’t continue. 

That means that I’ve now been riding for five years. Feels so long ago, but also not.


The first 3 years of my riding ‘career’ was spent riding Tarzan, Tinka or Tiesto. Tarzan was my favorite. He was a 20 years old something horse that was safe and sound. I was terrified of even saddling a horse as I was so afraid it was going to kick me, but he did none of that. At a certain point I had 3 lessons a week on him I think. 


It’s funny looking back on old pictures and realising how far I’ve come. Back then I was terrified of everything. Saddling, canter, grooming, you name it and I was afraid of it. But it’s true what they say, “face your fears and they will go away”. None of these things bother me today. 

Hup hup till the 5 next years.

X.m

Fred Kroket 

Ola Ola, 

I must admit when I sat at the bar waiting to hear which horse I was going to be put on yesterday, I had cold sweat down my back. I was really wondering why I had decided to ride on a schoolhorse. 

However as stubborn as I am I was not going to back out, so on we went. Fredje and me. Fred is a tank, quite a lot larger than Grumpy and even tough he’s a tank, he’s a very forward thinking horse. With the smallest amount of leg, he thinks forward. Very different from Grumpy which is a lazy horse. Grumpy also goes in the curl pretty easily and Fred would have none of that. 

Eventough I looked like a fool and I couldn’t sit in the canter I don’t mind. I bought Grumpy because I had so much anxiety I didn’t manage to deal with riding all the different schoolhorses. So stepping on another one after 2 years is a win win no matter how it looks the first times. Depending on how Grumpy progressing next week I’ll probably ride some more lessons on schoolhorses. Then I can also practice sitting trot which I can’t do on him.

Today was the first day I can honestly say his legs looks closer to normal then thick. I washed his legs as there where some rain-rot left and after drying him completely I kept drying him with a towel, but putting cream on his legs at the same time. Which went great expect for one. We tried doing it with the stick, but then he freaked so I let him go and eat a little before I took him out again to clean his hoofs. After letting him lift his legs several times I warmed up cream between my hands and let him lift the leg one last time and it all went smoothly. Patience is a virtue…..

But it seems to go better with him so that’s the good thing. Hopefully it will all be over soon. Can’t wait to ride on him again!


X.m

Schockemohle Anatomic EQUITUS bridle line 

Ola,

Schockemohle Anatomic EQUITUS bridle line. 

Now that’s a mouthful. What a name. 

Anyhow, the name doesn’t really matter, but how it works does. Schockemohle has invented a new bridle line specifically designed to fit the horses head better. It’s supposed to free up the jawline and not pressure the head and nose as certain English bridles would. You’ve probably seen the horseware Micklem floating around on the web and every brand trying to copy them. This is similar to that idea.  

I was interested in buying the Micklem, but found it an extremely ugly bridle. I’m not a fan of a lot of stitching. Then I almost went for a Ps of Sweden one as those are beautiful, but you can only order them custom made from Sweden and at that price I didn’t dare to. However this one seem rather interesting. I must admit it went back on the list now that the vet bills will come in, but maybe next month. You’ve got the Alpha and the Beta version. Alpha is an overall bridle for all sports, while Beta is more focused on dressage with a thicker noseband. Both are approved by FEI for competitions. 

ALPHA – 249 euro 


BETA – 299 euro 


What Schockemohle says about it:

  • anatomic special bridle with perfect fitting
  • wider noseband for classical “dressage look”
  • curved caveson bypasses the main facial nerve
  • softly padded headpiece with anatomical shape
  • wide and curved browband avoids pinching in the are of eyes and ears
  • new positioning of flash strap supports unrestricted breathing
  • quick and indidvidual customisation with fixed button rivets

X.m

MacGyver in the House 

Ola,

Pfft, please remind me that next time I buy a horse I’ll buy one that is to lazy to lift it’s leg. Would make life a hell lot easier right now. 

Anyhow, today guys, today I was allowed to smear cream on the front hoofs without much problems. Hallelujah. You have no idea how happy I am. After 7 days of having to ask people if they want to risk their life for my horse I’m finally able to do things myself. On the back legs I had to use my invented smear-stick, but it worked pretty well. I put him back in the stable to relax afterwards before I took him out again to clean out the downside of the hoofs. At first he didn’t trust me, but after five minutes of cuddling and relaxing and trying he starting gaining trust again so we ended the evening on a good note. 


The rain-rot is also almost gone. So hopefully towards the end of the week we can start longing to start moving again. I tried today,  but it simply hurts to much. I want him to work trough his whole body before anyone gets on him to loosen up muscles that are now pretty tight from stress. But first things first, the heel need to heal first. 


X.m