Some days are more beautiful than others

Arshaq was a Prince today and weather was beautiful!πŸΌπŸ¦β„οΈβœ¨

We went for a short walk in the woods with Shahina and Adam and then Baby even got to canter a little in the outdoor riding arena.🐾

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Just keep swimming

The endurance gala was wonderful yesterday!πŸ’ƒπŸΌβœ¨ I got my 2000km prize and some pretty flowers because my team won the Swedish Team Championships 2017.πŸ†πŸŒΊ

Today we drove back from Kristinehamn to Uppsala. πŸš—πŸ’¨

Yesterday’s makeup. I picked my favorite bronze and gold with glitter.

Mom won this in the raffle.πŸ›πŸ’¦

We laughed a lot yesterday. One of the biggest laughs was because Mikaela and myself had picked an almost identical outfit!! πŸ˜‚πŸ’ƒπŸΌ Me left, Mikaela right.

I made my wonderful family come take a picture with me. πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŒΎπŸ’πŸΌπŸ’πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘©πŸ»

It was a long night so I was very sleepy this morning.

Once we got back, I took Arshaq for slow 8 km walk in the woods with Nipeta and my Mom.β„οΈπŸŒΏ

I waited with getting in the saddle until we got off the road and gotten to the woods but Arshaq was acting very calm and well behaved.πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ

Arshaq and I went first most of the time and it went great until we got to the dirtroad and planned to start trotting a little. The horses got very excited.πŸ˜‚ Nipeta was being a little bit of a bad influence. She bucked and wanted to canter and Arshaq said “ooooooh, cantering! What a fun idea!!”πŸ’“ It was easy to bring him back to a trot but after that, they were both acting very silly. πŸ‡πŸΌπŸ’¨ We did our best to “Just keep swimming”. πŸ πŸ’¦

Once we had turned back and were on our way home, I eventually decided to dismount and walk because both horses were getting nuttier and I was getting nervous about the road up ahead. Adam randomly called around that point so I asked him to “please come walk with us”, which he thankfully did.

I felt fine both when Arshaq was calm or being silly on the dirt road facing away from the big road. But the fear in me bubbled up very quickly when we had turned back and he started messing around again on the way home. All I could think about was “what if he gets spooked and runs out on the road in front of a car”.

I did not want to walk on the road, in the dark with a “ready to run” Arshaq and I felt like I was making him even more excited by getting worried myself. So my icecool boyfriend got to lead him home instead and I walked between them, Mom and Nipeta. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ¦

Luckily, every car that passed us today was driving calmly. But my heart was still going crazy in my chest and I felt ready to both puke and cry.πŸ’“πŸ™‡πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ The level of anxiety I felt around cars right then is hard to imagine if you haven’t felt that sort of thing yourself. Just seeing headlights made me shake and the image of almost getting run over for the 10th time flashed in front of my eyes.

I almost care too much about my baby Arshaq but I don’t trust him 100% yet. It’s different from when I ride Shahina.

I am so happy Adam could come out and that he could take charge of things so that it all went fine on the walk home today. Baby was full of energy but once Adam came, everybody calmed down a lot and plenty of cars passed without incident.

On the last hundred meters I was feeling a little better so I got to lead Arshaq myself. Just so that I could feel that everything was alright and that we had taken a step forward and grown a little, not failed just because I felt scared.

Arshaq and Nipeta seemed pleased with our outing regardless.🍼🦁

On a happier note, I would also like to announce that @horsesneverlie won my Valentines Day contest in collaboration with @kehastsport .πŸ’›πŸ’‹ Just let me know if you guys would like me to do a similar contest again!πŸ¦„πŸ’πŸΌπŸ›πŸŽŠ

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Gala tonight!

Morning

Protein powder mixed with oats and banana for breakfast. 🍌 🍯

Lunch

We looked over our ponies while they ate their lunch. πŸ¦„πŸŒ± Adam and I mucked out the boxes, cleaned water, switched Popgun’s legwraps and then mixed grain buckets.

Emma will come this evening and bring them in, prepare hay and check on them again.πŸ’›πŸ’πŸΌ

AfternoonWe got in the car, did a quick stop in my hometown Uppsala and then started our 3 hour drive all the way to Kristinehamn. πŸš—πŸ’¨

Tonight we are going to the annual endurance gala. βœ¨πŸ’ƒπŸΌ

I am a little nervous that I picked the wrong dress for this evening. πŸ˜‚πŸ’›

I decided that I am going to do my makeup in the car, so I hope I don’t end up looking like a clown. 🀑 πŸ’„ πŸ’…πŸ»πŸ˜‚ But first I am going to just sit and listen to podcasts.

Adam and I stopped in KΓΆping and went food shopping for some snacks to eat in the car. It feels like we’ve been to all the supermarkets in Sweden after all the competitions in the last few years.

I have two looks.

1) barn rat

2) glam queen

Let’s see what wonders make up can do.

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What do you do to cheer yourself up?

Dear Diamond,

we all know who really is a girl’s best friend.

Sincerely yours,

HorseπŸ¦„πŸ’Ž

I had to do something fun today because I woke up feeling awful. I almost wrote that “I woke up feeling as if I’d been run over by a car”. But I don’t even find that joke funny myself.

So today, Shahina and I enjoyed a beautiful outing in the woods for about 8 km in 90 minutes.πŸ¦„πŸ‘‘

My Queen looking out over one of our favorite mini-mountains. πŸ”πŸŽ 

One looses a lot of the light when one gets in under the trees but there is something peaceful about the woods.

The ground is frozen and quite uneven in some places at the moment, so it is even more technical right now to ride there. No match for my careful and experienced lady. You don’t get to 26 without some special qualities. Good thing Shahina has many. πŸ‘‘βœ¨

Perfect place to clear ones mind. 🎠✨🌸🌿

After this, we cantered down a dirt road and Shahina was very excited to get to run a little. πŸ˜‚πŸŒͺ

Shahina does her best to make me feel safe, but it feels so nice when the roads are empty. πŸ’›

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1 step forward. 10 steps back

Back to square 1 again.πŸ’”

Is there a word for when you feel super-happy and super-sad at the same time?πŸ‘€πŸ’­πŸ’”πŸ“– That is how I feel after today!😱

I started the day with a slow but wonderful 2 hour adventure with Arshaq, @emmaingridmarie and Shahina. πŸ¦πŸ‘‘πŸ™πŸ»πŸ¦„ It was a little windy so Arshaq was a little more easily spooked than usual, but everything went very well and I was so pleased with our outing, even though I was only riding for about 5/10 km and walking the rest.πŸ’›

When we got home, I decided to take it easy and muck out the stables and let @emmaingridmarie ride Poppy around in the summer pasture.πŸŒ±πŸΏπŸ”«πŸΌ

After almost 40 minutes Popgun suddenly cantered in to the stable, saddle under his belly and with no Emma.πŸ˜±πŸ’”

He was reasonably calm so I could quickly get the upside down saddle off and shortly after poor Emma came rushing over!πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’”

A speeding car had spooked Popgun, he had reared up and Emma had fallen/jumped off.πŸš—πŸ’¨ The car did not stop, so hopefully he didn’t see..or maybe he did and didn’t care.πŸ‘€

Popgun had gotten tangled up in the equipment and managed to kick himself on the exact same place as when he kicked himself at the race.πŸ’”And a few other places!πŸ’”

Luckily, this time it wasn’t gushing out nearly as much blood but we cleaned it out best we could, put a bandage on and called the veterinarian.πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ’Š

The vet checked that Popgun wasn’t lame and then sedated him, gave painkillers and looked over all 6 of the cuts.πŸ’ŠπŸ‘¨πŸ»β€βš•οΈ

Most of them are just scrapes but the worst of them is in the exact same place as last time.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’” The prognoses is good but it sucks!πŸ’”

This time the vet didn’t prescribe painkillers and said that he can go out in the pasture as usual with bandages on. In about 1 week we will maybe get to start riding again but only for short walks.

It feels like we are back to square 1.πŸ’”

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Pop-POP-Popping!

90 minutes of riding an excited πŸ…ΏοΈπŸ’›πŸ…ΏοΈπŸ”« today down past the lakes for 11 km.

Poppy looking smooth, as always. πŸΏπŸ”«

I put on loads of reflectors on today, though I wasn’t planning to go out for long.

My core muscles really had to work on our ride!πŸ˜‚πŸ’¦ He was full of energy and mini-spooking at everything so it felt nice having my dad driving behind us on the car road, just in case.πŸŒͺπŸ‘»πŸŒΏπŸ‘€πŸ­πŸš—πŸ’¨

I decided to let him trot a little more today and we even cantered, which was so much fun!!πŸŽ πŸ™πŸ»

But Popgun sure was ready to go Pop-POP-Poping!πŸΏπŸ’›

I do love all the climbing we get to do. Even if the cars scare me to bits. πŸ”β„οΈ

You know that feeling when your horse is so happy to be out with you? That feeling was there during every second of this ride!

I love these little gaps in the road. They let us get off the road when people are driving to fast while passing. πŸš—πŸ’¨

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Growing Lion

What a wonderful ride I had with my little lion Arshaq today!πŸ¦πŸ’› I am so proud!πŸ₯✨ Mom came along with Shahina as company but Arshaq got to go first most of the time.πŸ‘‘ We also practiced riding side by side and last, which is fine but not as fun according to both Arshaq and myself. πŸŽ πŸ’¨πŸ‡πŸΌβœ¨ We went up to the woods and were out for almost 2 hours, although I did walk next to him for about 50% of the time.πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ We took it very slowly, stopped for treats, I got on and off and at one point we needed some extra time to pass a menacing set of lawn furniture that was left out in the woods?πŸŒΏπŸ€– I would guess that we were out something like 9 km and we even got to trot a little bit, which was so much fun!πŸ‡πŸΌπŸ’¨

While I was walking back to the stable next to Arshaq on the road, quite a few cars passed us. Arshaq was brilliant and barely noticed them. I myself on the other hand.. was not so calm.. my heart almost exploded each time a car passed us and I had one really scary flashback when one of the cars was a little late in swerving away from us.. If only they knew how scared I get when they drive dangerously.. πŸš—πŸ’¨

After, we saddled up Popgun and Nipeta and rode back up to the woods again for another 1 hour of walking over roots and rocks! πŸŒΏπŸœβ„οΈπŸŒ˜

Now I deserve a cup of hot tea and dinner! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’›

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Win a pair of Equestrian Star Power Grip Riding trousers *In collaboration with KE HΓ€stsport*

Don’t miss out on the competition I am doing on Instagram in honor of Valentine’s Day in collaboration with KE HΓ€stsport! Win a pair of Equestrian Star Power Grip Riding trousers worth 969kr.❀️

They also have a discount this week, which ends tomorrow! πŸ‘„

Does nothing succeed like success?

Picture is of Shahina at 24 years of age successfully completing a 50km endurance race at 12,3 km/h. She has since completed 2 more 40km rides and is now 26 years old.

We have a saying in Sweden that goes: “framgΓ₯ng fΓΆder framgΓ₯ng”.

(English: “nothing succeeds like success”.)

But if this saying is true.. what do you do when you do eventually fail? (Sometimes miserably)

I have listened to countless interviews with successful people (mainly athletes) who claim that what separates the people who “make it” from the ones that “don’t” is mainly based on how well they deal with dips in performance.

It is so easy getting boosted when things are going well (and you finally get a taste for success). You get the feeling that you’ve finally built up a system around you that works and training feels “easy breezy” because everything “just works”. And it sure doesn’t seem to hurt your self esteem that you are getting a stream of likes and loving comments on the picture you probably just posted of your horse with a big bow and yourself on the podium.πŸ†πŸ… It feels wonderful. The world seems wonderful and the success seems to attract countless new and exciting opportunities. There is no shame in that. And undoubtedly success does lead to more success.

But what happens when you fail?

It will happen sooner or later. Eventually you will be in a dip. Especially if your dealing with horses. (They are big yet incredibly fragile creatures with a mind of their own. Not machines!)

Well.. It’s not easy and it’s something that I have thought long and hard about during the past 3 weeks since Popgun’s accident.

My conclusion is quite simple. It doesn’t even much matter if it’s your own fault or not. The best thing you can do can be summarized like this:

1) Learn!

2) Let it go!

3) Look forward!

But how does one continue to find inspiration when everything feels like πŸ’©? This is what I think is key in order to look forward. (And it’s something that I am personally struggling with now.)

When you are done over analyzing what happened, have let the bad things go and are starting to look forward.. the best thing you can do is to remind yourself why you love what you are doing.:

4) Love!

And no! I have no form of respect for people who loose all their love for their horse after one bad competition. That is not what I am talking about! Those people are jerks. (And they have no clue what love is. Horses are not machines and accidents happen, as I have already said.)

What I mean is that you need to remind yourself why you love your sport and you need to find ways to rekindle your passion and find inspiration.

(I am going to assume that you are not a jerk and that your love for your horse is not based on amount of prize bows won. Love should be unconditional, in my opinion at least.πŸ’›πŸ¦„)

Finding new ways to make the training feel fun and effortless is a good idea. You need to push yourself past the dark corners of your mind that tell you that “you’ll never make it”.

Always remember:

  • Your failure is just a bump in the road! There will probably be many more, so learn to deal with them by channeling your emotions! πŸ”πŸŽ 
  • Listen to podcasts or audio books while doing mindless stable chores.πŸŽ™πŸ“±
  • Read! Doesn’t have to be about your own discipline. πŸ“–πŸ“™
  • Talk! Talk until your voice doesn’t work anymore. πŸ‘„πŸ—―
  • Ask parents or friends to join you at the stable to keep you company.πŸ‘«πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦
  • Treat your team with kindness! It is most likely not their fault and if it is.. people make mistakes! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’›
  • Make sure you are eating properly. (I am not the only person that gets cranky when I am hungry.) πŸ˜‚πŸ‹
  • Diamonds are just coal before they get under pressure! (You are the diamond.)πŸ’ŽπŸ’°
  • Spend time doing something you really love doing (riding, braiding, brushing, matching equipment and outfits, take pictures, editing pictures, drawing, painting nails. Anything that gets you away from ice cream and crying in front of Netflix, even though that is fine too sometimes.)🎭🎬
  • Force yourself to keep up with boring tasks. (Don’t kill your plants and try to keep your apartment clean.)🌬🌱
  • Plan for future competitions. Make a training schedule to match your plans.πŸ†πŸ…
  • Don’t expect miracles over night but don’t change all of your long term goals. Your dreams are still possible as long as you don’t give up!

And last but not least:

  • Love yourself! These things happen to everyone. No matter what you read on social media. Promise!πŸ₯πŸ€

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