Babyโ€™s first Dressage Club Competition

We got up early this morning to bring Arshaq and Popgun to a club dressage competition.๐ŸŽ โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†

But the day didnโ€™t exactly turn out as I had planned.๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ’ฅ 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.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’”

Luckily, it didnโ€™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 didnโ€™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.๐Ÿšง๐Ÿ‘€

Then the speaker started.๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ—ฏ

So he spooked.๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ‘ป

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.๐ŸŒช๐Ÿฆ That is not great points but I could feel him calming down and I knew that his first dressage competition might be like this.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ

We laughed a lot when we read that it just said โ€œwrong leadโ€ in the program when he bolted away at the canter.๐Ÿ˜‚ Understanding judge!๐Ÿ’›

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.๐Ÿ’›

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.๐Ÿ˜‚

Once we got home to the stable, the lifesaver Hรคsthรคlsan Susanne Ernรคs came and looked Poppy over as well. We really appreciated her experienced eyes!๐Ÿ’›

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Yesterday was a long day.๐ŸŒธโœจ

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.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿผ I also took Popgun for a peaceful 2 hour walk in the woods with Shahina & @matildanilssson_ and Mom&Nipeta.๐ŸŽ โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒท 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.๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿฆ„ 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.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ

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Race Preparation

Arshaq and Shahina got new racing shoes from our farrier @halsopedagoghastmanniska today in preparation for their endurance race on Sunday.๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ โœจ

We are so lucky to have him because he always spends extra time making sure that everything looks perfect.๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ’Ž

Afterwards, our equine physiotherapist @susanneqeriksson also stopped by and looked over all my ponies.๐ŸŒธโœจ

Her experienced eyes are always appreciated, especially before and after racing.๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ€

I am very happy to see that Popgun still looks so fresh and energetic after last weekendโ€™s race and that Arshaq is now looking competition ready and much more evenly muscled since I bought his new dressage saddle.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ

We are always trying to do the best for our unicorns.๐Ÿ’›

#QOTD When is your next competition?๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ†

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Inspiration comes and goes.๐ŸŽข๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐ŸฅSome days you just need to saddle up and ride anyway.๐Ÿฆ„โœจ

Today was one of those days when Arshaq did everything right and was a good boy but I myself rode like a ๐Ÿธ and just sort of sat there and felt sweaty.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Arshaq, Shahina, @matildanilssson_ and I rode dressage in the outdoor arena where we practiced letting Arshaq go first and last, rode over poles and then we finished off by going for a 2km walk around the summer pastures and also practiced stepping up very tiny yet very steep cliffs.๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ

It was a beautiful and hot spring day today (for being Sweden) but I didnโ€™t get a single good picture so I chose one from 2 years ago and the best of the ones from today.๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒช

We also bathed Popgun in preparation for this weekendโ€™s exciting trip to the international 80*km competition in Kristinehamn.๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

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I was a little shocked by Arshaqโ€™s incredibly good behavior today.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ We started off our session by doing just a couple of start-stop exercises from the ground before I mounted. Once I had gotten on, everything felt so easy and he was just the right amount of energetic and relaxed, without lunging. The same great feeling lasted all through our session in both a walk, trot and canter. He ignored the wind, ignored horses running around in the pasture, didnโ€™t even think of spooking and stayed focused on me the entire time.๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’› We stopped half way to bask in the feeling and feed him a few carrots before having a blast and cantering all around the outdoor arena at a relaxed yet decent speed.๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ Once we were done riding, I pretended we were at a competition and unsaddled and practiced trotting up by hand.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ I could almost hear the cheering as the imaginary vets passed us with flying colors.๐Ÿ๐Ÿ†

Just as we were done with our stretching exercises, @matildanilssson_ showed up and we took Popgun and Shahina out for a quick 11km spin up past the lakes in just over 1 hour, which was really fun.๐Ÿ”๐Ÿž๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ

The spring flowers are popping up everywhere.

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New saddle for Arshaq

Baby Arshaq got a new dressage saddle today from @liqusinihastsport ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ

She first took some measurements and looked over Arshaq’s back, which is quite round and wide.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ–

We rode around and needed to get Arshaq focused and jog some energy out before I could start thinking about what the saddle felt like and choose my favorite. We were first lunged around by Adam at a walk and trot so that I could focus on the saddle but then I rode by myself in walk, trot and canter. ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ

I was choosing between two different dressage saddles from Lippo that both fit very well. The first one was with more support and was an updated version of the other one.

I picked the newer one with more support even though it just has one flap, which creates close contact but confuses the situation with what to do with the saddle pad loop at the top. I think it will be good to make me sit a little straighter and Arshaq seemed to like it a little more.

We also saw that Popgun’s jumping saddle fits Arshaq, as long as we use it without a pad. Popgun was too dirty to see if the dressage saddle with fit Popgun too.

The saddle jungle can be tricky, especially if you own an Arabian, but it was really nice finding one so quickly that fits both of us.๐Ÿฆ„โœจ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Purple outfits

I love that purple seems to be very in-style this spring.๐Ÿฆ„โœจ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฅ Anette, Denzel and Lotta looking smart in their outfits.

The most peaceful sound I know. Today was my 2nd day working at @apridutveckling and spring was definitely in the air.๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒž

We did a little extra spring cleaning today which was actually really fun and I think it made a big difference.๐Ÿ˜‚

I had wonderful company all day while taking care of the stable work and I also got to take two dressage lessons on the lovely Lova.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

We worked on leg yields, canter transitions and I worked a lot on sitting straighter and better.๐ŸŒธ

I also needIed to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this pretty boy named Goliath. Adorable.

Adam and my mom where so sweet and took care of everything with my own ponies today. Susanne, our equitherapist came and treated Shahina, Popgun and Arshaq.๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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Jogging in the Rain

Arshaq seemed very pleased to have me back on his back and back to feeding him carrots.๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

It was awful weather but we did our best to ignore the rain and burn off some energy by jogging around the outdoor arena.โœจ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’ฆ

Adam lunged us just in case.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I also want to annonce that @ponnyn_callaway won the competition that I just held with @elinwessberg ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’›

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First day at the new job

Yesterday I spent my first day working at AP Ridutveckling ๐Ÿฆ„โœจ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ

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 “stรฅlhรคtta”. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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.๐Ÿ˜‚ It was embarrassing but not such a bad mistake.

Not such a bad start for my first day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

My new shoes were killing my feet but I really wanted to ride anyway!๐Ÿ˜‚

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! ๐Ÿ’›

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. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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.๐ŸŒช

By 19.30 we left the stable and went home to get cleaned up and stuff my face with a homemade pizza! ๐Ÿ˜‚

The day was so fun and I am so grateful for the opportunity!!

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Misty dancing

It was so misty today that I didnโ€™t dare go riding on the road, since we wouldโ€™ve been practically invisible.๐Ÿฆ„โœจ๐ŸŒซ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ Instead, Popgun got to dance for me again today and we worked on our dressage moves. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿผ

Arshaq also got out for a short dressage session today as well. It was dark and even more misty by then and he felt a little on edge so Adam lunged is around until he felt relaxed at both a walk and trot. So we thanked him for being nice, I dismounted and then we went in early.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ Itโ€™s not always in the longest sessions that we learn the most, after all.๐Ÿ’›

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