Yesterday I spent my first day working at AP Ridutveckling 🦄✨🏇🏼💨
It was so much fun and I learned so much already! This was a big deal for me since I really wanted this job, so I was really nervous and couldn’t eat so much. I also walked in a new pair of protective riding shoes with steel in them called “stålhätta”. So it was a long day.
The evening before was spent doing a lot of cleaning. I need to wear completely clean clothes and not bring things between stables so I was cleaning everything carefully with a strong disinfectant called Virkon. Now I will just need to keep everything separate. I then couldn’t get to sleep the night before until about 2 am.
Got up at 05.30 to get enough time to get ready and get there early. Adam was so sweet and offered to drive me on my first day to make sure I got there on time. It took about 30 minutes to get there by car so I got there nice and early at 06.45 and then worked from 07.00-16.30.
I started my first day in an easy and nice way, filling some haybags while singing Disney songs to myself. There were quite many, 26 I think, but it gave me enough time to channel my nervous energy into something good.
I then helped the other girl E, who was very sweet, with bringing out 30-something beautiful and well behaved horses. Her being so nice helped a lot. 🙂
The biggest mistake I made was accidentally misunderstanding which pasture one of the lesson horses named Calle was supposed to stand in. Calle seemed sure that he was going to the right pasture. Showed me to the gate and went in as if it was the most certain thing on the planet. I realized my mistake when he started going around and sniffing the ground. I then jogged back and asked E again and asked if Calle was really supposed to be there. Nope. 😂 He was supposed to be in the one before that one. So we walked back and Calle was having a blast inspecting the new field. He was luckily easy to catch but seemed a little disappointed that I spoiled his fun.😂 It was embarrassing but not such a bad mistake.
Not such a bad start for my first day. 🙂
I then cleaned something like 15 boxes, which is good work but is something I find peaceful doing. Sort of like yoga.
When it was time for lunch, I had worked up quite an appetite but I was so nervous that I couldn’t really eat anything more than 2 bananas and a chocolate bar. The rest of the food I had brought was sort of messy and wasn’t like super easy to eat while talking to other people. Not optimal at all but I know that will not be a problem next time.
After lunch, I swept the stables, finished mucking out, helped some lesson riders, then helped the nice girl that was working with me to bring in the horses again.
By 16.30 we were done so I spent a few minutes cuddling with the stable cat while talking to the other girls there. Then Anna, my boss, came and said that I could ride a dressage lesson with one of the riding school horses at 17.00. Calle! Exciting!🙏🏻
My new shoes were killing my feet but I really wanted to ride anyway!😂
I quickly cleaned up my boots that were really muddy, started brushing a muddy Calle off and then grabbed a quick snack. The other girls that were riding that evening were so sweet and showed me were to find everything, talked and when I came back from fetching the saddle, one had even put all the leg protectors on Calle. So sweet! 💛
The lesson was in the beautiful big riding arena and we were only maybe 5 girls riding.
We put on headphones and I accidentally broke the cord of the headphone I was wearing as I put the receiver in my pocket while trying to keep track of the reins. Oh my goodness, worst feeling. 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳
The lesson went alright, I was very different from what I am used to. Calle felt ENORMOUS compared to my little Arabians. In the canter I felt like I could get tossed out of the saddle.
But I learned so much and got to work a lot on sitting up more and pulling myself up beneath the ribs. I also got to know Calle a little better and it was fun riding in a completely different way than I am used to with the focus a little bit more on the way I was sitting.
By 18.30 we were done and went in to the stable to brush Calle and take off and polish the gear. I felt guilty for being muddy so I made sure to clean of the saddle and stirrup leathers.🌪
By 19.30 we left the stable and went home to get cleaned up and stuff my face with a homemade pizza! 😂
The day was so fun and I am so grateful for the opportunity!!
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