Baby’s first Dressage Club Competition

We got up early this morning to bring Arshaq and Popgun to a club dressage competition.🎠✨🙏🏻🏆

But the day didn’t exactly turn out as I had planned.😖💥 Popgun got scared and panicked as we were unloading and he somehow backed up under the backbar and shot out of the trailer, scratching up his back in the process.🐼💔

Luckily, it didn’t go through his skin, but it did scrape off a lot of fur exactly where the saddle sits. We immediately called 2 veterinarians but they both had more urgent things to do so we had to wait for one of them to call us back. With advice from the vet, we decided it was best to wait on stand by where we were.

So once most of the chaos had landed, Poppy got to walk around and graze with mom while Adam and I quickly saddled and warmed up Arshaq for our start, which was in just 20 minutes!

Things went unusually smoothly so soon enough we were ready to start. At first Arshaq didn’t seem nervous at all, despite it being his first time. He ignored the tiny dressage fences and walked all the way over to the judge table.🚧👀

Then the speaker started.🔊🗯

So he spooked.😖👻

After that, he was very excited and ready to bolt, but we got through the entire program and scraped together 48,7% in the LC class.🌪🦁 That is not great points but I could feel him calming down and I knew that his first dressage competition might be like this.🍼🦁

We laughed a lot when we read that it just said “wrong lead” in the program when he bolted away at the canter.😂 Understanding judge!💛

We then let them graze and wondered what to do with Popgun. Finally, the veterinarian called and said they could be there in 15 minutes! They washed it off, looked him over and shaved around the scrapes, concluding that he was very lucky and not even injured enough to need painkillers.💛

Last minute, I decided to ride Arshaq in the class I had originally signed Popgun up for. Baby was a little more relaxed this time and got 55,18% in the LB, despite some bucking and bouncing.😂

Once we got home to the stable, the lifesaver Hästhälsan Susanne Ernäs came and looked Poppy over as well. We really appreciated her experienced eyes!💛

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The best

Our farrier Hälsopedagog Häst & Människa is the best.🤩👠🙏🏻✨💎

Tomorrow, I am bringing Popgun and Arshaq to a club dressage competition at @lurbork .🦄✨ I was originally planning on going out riding with Popgun today to burn some energy off together with @matildanilssson_ & Shahina and Mom & Nipeta.

But there was a sudden change of plans.🦃 Arshaq accidentally tossed off a shoe just as we were about to get ready to go.👠💥


I was really disappointed because I really wanted to bring both Arshaq and Popgun to tomorrow’s competition!🦁🏆 So I told the others to go out riding without me and then I called my farrier up, knowing it was getting late and unsure wether he would be able to do anything about it.🔨🙏🏻

But soon enough, my farrier was there and put Arshaq’s shoe and show back on!🦁💛 What an enormous relief!🙏🏻✨

So now we are packed and ready for Arshaq’s first club dressage competition.🎠✨🙏🏻💛

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Yesterday was a long day.🌸✨

I was in the stable almost 12 hours in order to feed and let ponies out, take part in cleaning day, feed lunch and then ride 2 dressage lessons with first Arshaq and then Popgun.🍼🦁🥕🐼 I also took Popgun for a peaceful 2 hour walk in the woods with Shahina & @matildanilssson_ and Mom&Nipeta.🎠✨🙏🏻🌷 I have only been walking my 3 ponies by hand since their competitions, so the past week has been really calm but now we are back to training again.💛🦄 It felt like a rather long day to start it off with but today I compensated by taking a rest day as soon I had fed and let the ponies out.🙏🏻✨

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Fire in ones Soul

“One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.”🔥

-Vincent van Gogh

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Later than I planned

Today Shahina got to go for a 40 minute walk and graze and afterwards I spent a long getting off dirt and clay from her furcoat. I doubt she well stay clean but whatever.😂

I was planning on taking Popgun for a ride and Adam was going to bring Arshaq by hand but the sunshine was deceiving since it was much later than I thought it was. I realized this as I was washing Arshaq’s legs and then suddenly it was time for the ponies’ dinner time.🦄

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Valborg drinking

I brought some extra tasty water mixed with mash&beetpulp to the pasture today and the ponies went nuts for it.🦄💦🙏🏻🌱

It’s Valborg today in Sweden, which basically means that everyone is out partying, except me.💁🏼‍♀️✨🥂🦄😂

Valborg is an old Pagan holiday which celebrates the arrival of spring.🌸✨ It’s a really big deal here in Uppsala and there are lots of fun and weird activities such as paddling down the river on homemade floats🌊, lunch in the park🌮, music💃🏼, partying🕺🏼 and then they end the evening with an enormous bonfire.🔥

Remember to stay hydrated people.💦🥛

Shahina and I went for a walk with Mom and Nipeta for about 30 minutes and I had fun small talking, listening to music, filming, looking at bonfires and trying to keep Shahina from stopping every two meters to eat grass. 😂

I also took Arshaq for a little walk, just to move him around a little and he was very well behaved, which was so nice. 🙏🏻

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Lovisedalsritten 2018

A lot of happy tears today.😭💛

My baby Arshaq, 5 years old, completed his very first 40km qualification ride and my Queen Shahina, 26 years old, did an amazing job babysitting.🍼💦🙏🏻🦁🏆

I am so incredibly proud of both of them and I am so grateful to be able to share this particular ride with my mom, who did a wonderful job riding Shahina.💁🏼‍♀️🦁💛👩🏻🦄 It feels so special to start Arshaq’s career here at Lovisedalsritten.🙏🏻✨ It was at this venue that Shahina and I completed our very first endurance ride together 10 years ago.💛🦄🙏🏻🏆 This is where it all began.💛

A big thank you to my hardworking team and sponsors for helping make our dreams come true.🙏🏻✨ Thank you @ludiv_in_space for being a lifesaver and helping so much today!!🙏🏻💛

Also, a big thank you to my farrier @halsopedagoghastmanniska for shoeing so perfectly!

Last but not least, a million thank you hugs to our equitherapist @susanneqeriksson for helping my Queen to be blessed with this many adventures.💛 There is no way Shahina would ever have stayed this terrific without @susanneqeriksson and I couldn’t be prouder! 🦄✨🙏🏻💛

What a special day to remember!💛

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Late evenings

Longs days at the stable.💛

Adam and I got to the stable quite early today to get some energy out of Arshaq.🍼💦🙏🏻🦁💛 We started of by working from the ground for 15 minutes before riding dressage with a lot of trotting for about 45 minutes.💛✨ We also cantered a tiny bit, which both Arshaq and I thought was very fun and great.🏇🏼💨💛✨ Arshaq started off our session by being a little too energetic but there were no major issues, so both Adam and I were very pleased with Baby today.🍼🦁

We then finished off our session by taking a nice 15 minute walk around the fields and Adam came along as company.💁🏻‍♂️🏇🏼💨🌤 It was nice enjoying the sunshine together.☀️🙏🏻 We celebrated by letting Arshaq graze while we untacked before letting him back out into the pasture.🌱🍼🙏🏻🦁

After lunch, my dad and I went and picked up @ludiv_in_space and we brought her for a walk around the fields and then down to one of the lakes.🌊🦆 She rode Shahina, I walked with Popgun, Mom rode an excited Nipeta and @stina_hermansson rode her adorable Pernod.💛

It was really nice going and talking while walking for almost 2 hours and we didn’t even get rained on so much, which was an added bonus!☔️💦 I really appreciated learning more about what it is like riding in France! 🏇🏼🇫🇷 It sounds really exciting! Makes me wish I had listened better during all those years of French lessons in school!📖😂 One of my big dreams is to someday ride Fontainebleau.🦄🏆🙏🏻🇫🇷💛

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Energy Baby

Arshaq had a lot of extra energy today. 🍼💦⚡️🦁

He has been acting so grown up and extremely well behaved in the past 2 weeks since the natural horsemanship clinic.🙏🏻✨ So I expected nothing less from him today when we went out to start our session by trotting up by hand for about 20 minutes.🦁💛 But Baby had other plans and had fun trying to sprint instead of trotting and was more focused on prancing around than listening to me.🤦🏼‍♀️ In hindsight, I should’ve known better because he always gets excited after resting two days in a row.🦁⚡️ I know that rest is important so I will need to find ways to deal with this.😖

He eventually calmed down a little after doing some groundwork, so we saddled up and went for a 30 minute walk around the fields with Adam along as backup.💁🏻‍♂️✨ I then got off and we let him eat a little grass, as a reward and to get his tummy used to it.🦁🌱

I then went back to walking around and working on stopping and backing up, which is our homework from the natural horsemanship clinic.📚📖 Once he, yet again, had gotten back to the point where he wasn’t dancing around or looking for monsters in the bushes, we decided to finish up.🐲👀🍼🦁

I had planned on getting on again and trotting out some more of the energy, but by then it was getting really late and I was starving.🍉👀

So today’s session wasn’t perfect but I am so grateful for Adam’s patience while waiting for me and I am happy that we still have two more days to get our ducks back into a row before Sunday’s race.🦆💨🙏🏻🦁🏆

I learn something new everyday with my Arshaq.🦁💛

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