Just keep swimming

The endurance gala was wonderful yesterday!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผโœจ I got my 2000km prize and some pretty flowers because my team won the Swedish Team Championships 2017.๐Ÿ†๐ŸŒบ

Today we drove back from Kristinehamn to Uppsala. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ

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

Mom won this in the raffle.๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ’ฆ

We laughed a lot yesterday. One of the biggest laughs was because Mikaela and myself had picked an almost identical outfit!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ Me left, Mikaela right.

I made my wonderful family come take a picture with me. ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป

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.โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ

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.๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ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.๐Ÿ˜‚ 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!!”๐Ÿ’“ It was easy to bring him back to a trot but after that, they were both acting very silly. ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ We did our best to “Just keep swimming”. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’ฆ

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. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฆ

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.๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ 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.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ

On a happier note, I would also like to announce that @horsesneverlie won my Valentines Day contest in collaboration with @kehastsport .๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’‹ Just let me know if you guys would like me to do a similar contest again!๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽŠ

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Growing Lion

What a wonderful ride I had with my little lion Arshaq today!๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’› I am so proud!๐Ÿฅโœจ Mom came along with Shahina as company but Arshaq got to go first most of the time.๐Ÿ‘‘ We also practiced riding side by side and last, which is fine but not as fun according to both Arshaq and myself. ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผโœจ 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.๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ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?๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿค– 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!๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ

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.. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ

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! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿœโ„๏ธ๐ŸŒ˜

Now I deserve a cup of hot tea and dinner! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

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These boots were made for..

I am taking it very slowly forward with Popgun since he kicked himself with the ice stud almost 3 weeks ago. So we’ve mostly been riding at a walk for the past 1,5 weeks. That sure is better than boxrest and walks by hand, but.. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™„

I should be used to walking by now since I do endurance, duh. We do a lot of walking to build up, specially in the winter.โ„๏ธ๐ŸŽ 

We have all been told how important walking sessions are, no matter what discipline you do, but they are not always very exciting.๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘€

One thing that helps me to keep up the motivation is to ride in the woods and do some extra climbing.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ”That way, there are more interesting things to see for both horse and rider and you both also need to spend more time thinking about where they put their feet! ๐Ÿ‘ โœจ

You could also try singing but watch out for lurking joggers.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐ŸŽต Been there and done that.

Popgun enjoyed today’s slow ride, even if it was only 70 minutes short.๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿผ

We started off today’s ride by going down a path that usually is off limits because of the sensitive ground. The snow means that we are allowed to ride there. But there were so many frozen puddles, sticks, uneven ground, trees, holes and other things blocking our way. So we turned back after only 5 minutes or less.๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž

Instead, we climbed up to the regular woods. Popgun is looking so gorgeously straight forward in this picture because a big herd of deer decided to bounce out in front of us. ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ”

The view from on top is beautiful.๐Ÿž๐Ÿ”

Once we got back, Popgun got to go out inte the pasture again.๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ’‹

Shahina and I then joined Mom and Nipeta again for a nice 2 hour long ride, but sadly it was spent in the dark.๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒ“โœจ๐Ÿ’›

After finishing up at the stablework, Popgun got me to spend a long time cuddling. What a little Sweetie. ๐Ÿ’›

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Happy unicorns ๐Ÿฆ„

It’s nice being greeted this way ๐Ÿ’›

Now Poppy and I are going to go for a ride!

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Exciting rides and Ponyspa

Today Arshaq and Popgun both got out riding and I took the chance to try out a new bridle to see who it suits best. In my personal opinion I would say that yellow looks best on baby. 


Arshaq was not only looking cute today but also equally sweet to ride. We walked and trotted in all the figures I could think of and practiced stopping and moving sideways. 

Some kids were playing in the woods and two other horses were cantering on a field close by but he didn’t bounce around. Not once. 

I was pleased to see him behave as well as he did and I trusted him enough to ride with the reins attached to the sidepull and not the bit. 

A good deal of this security from Shahina being there to supervise. She was there bra she my Dad was helping me bring her for a walk after her ponyspa treatment from our equine physiotherapist Susanne Ernรคs

Susanne was so nice to make time and come out today to help Shahina after a rather scary incident that happened yesterday. I will talk more in a later post about what happened but for now I can say that she is shaken up but is going to be alright. 

After bringing Arshaq and Shahina out to the pastures, I brought Popgun in and saddled up.  

Pretty Popgun and I then warmed up by walking actively for 20 minutes. First, we went around the big field twice (800 meters * 2 laps) and then walked around the summer pasture (300 meters). 

We trotted two laps in both directions and did some of our dressage homework before starting our planned canter training.

I kept Popgun collected in the corners in order to keep the canter smooth and organized and keept our speed equally calm on the long and straight bits. 

I would prefer finding a bigger track to canter train on but this worked fine for the slow pace we kept today. The ground was also soft in the grassy pasture and more suitable ground is impossible to find during this time of year. 

It was a fun and interesting ride and he felt relaxed yet eager in just the right porportions. 

While unsaddleing I noticed that he wasn’t at all swetty anywhere on his body. His muscles also felt great while I checked him over and massaged him, which makes me feel confident that we didn’t do too much for his level of training. 

Below is a summary of Popgun’s canter session. 

Our ride in detail:

  • Walking 20 minutes (300 meters + 800 meters * 2 = 1,9 km)  
  • Trotting 2 laps in both directions (300 meters * 2 laps = 600 meters) 
  • Cantering 5 laps anti-clockwise (300 meters * 5 laps = 1,5 km in 5 minutes) 
  • Trotting 1 lap clockwise (300 meters * 1 lap) 
  • Cantering 5 laps clockwise (300 meters * 5 laps = 1,5 km in 5 minutes) 
  • Trotting 1 lap anti-clockwise (300 meters * 1 lap) 
  • Cantering 5 laps anti-clockwise (300 meters * 5 laps = 1,5 km in 5 minutes) 
  • Trotting 1 lap clockwise (300 meters * 1 lap) 
  • Cantering 5 laps clockwise (300 meters * 5 laps = 5 minutes) 
  • Trotting 1 lap clockwise (300 meters * 1 lap) 
  • Walking 20 minutes (300 meters *3  + 800 meters = 1,7 km)  


Approximate time and distance in each Gate: 

Walking: 40 minutes of walking a total of 3,6 km (20 minutes * 2). 

Trotting: 8 minutes of trotting a total of 1,8 km (300 meters * 6) 

Cantering: 20 minute of cantering a total of 6 km (1,5 km * 4 laps) 

Total: 11,4 km in 68 minutes. 

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Talent over love?ย 

Maria rode Shahina and I rode Popgun this evening for about 1 hour.We trained dressage in the paddock and then cooled off by taking a walk outside around one of the fields. ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŽโœจ๐ŸŒ™ 

With Popgun I focused mainly on extending his strides while carefully trying different lateral movements. He was very well behaved and soft today, which made everything feel a lot more fun and easy. 

Afterwards, young Arshaq got fussed over a little more than usual, which he really loves. I feel very blessed to have such kind horses who really love cuddles. ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’•

I don’t think I could ever own a horse who I didn’t deeply love, no matter how talented the horse was. It is wonderful to win, sure, but I could never put that above a loving bond with my horse. I need to feel my heart melt every time I look in to their big brown eyes. This way I remain inspired and even the longest days feel worth while. 

But how could you not love these faces? 

As you can see, Arshaq got to act like a big boy today and wear a saddle while I finished up the rest of the stable chores. Pink isn’t exactly Arshaq‘s color so I can barely wait for the flashy new blue and gold saddle pads I have ordered from my dear Sponsor Exclusive Horsewear. They are going to look great on all of them! 

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Poopgun

Shahina and Adam joined Arshaq and myself for a refreshing 35 minute walk in the paddock today after finishing the chores. 

We changed directions often and I tried to keep Arshaq thinking as much as possible by mixing in some trot and asking him to stop and then back up. He tried to dance around the first time we started trotting and made a (not so graceful) bounce when one of the other horse cantered close by us (one time), but other than that he was very well behaved. 

Afterwards, Popgun and I followed mom and Nipeta for 11,15 km on the hilly road down past the lakes. We kept the tempo quite slow since it was a little icey in places so the ride time ended up being almost exactly 2 hours.

I had to dismount (and then get on again) 5 times during our ride, which took a good deal of extra time. (I got off twice to help adjust my mom’s stirrups, once to push Popgun‘s poop off the road, once to pick up mom’s glove and then finally at the end before going back into the stable to thaw out my toes..)

I would have had to jump off yet another time if Popgun, or Poopgun, hadn’t luckily managed to poop while I was still on the ground helping mom. 

For some reason I wasn’t properly dressed today so I almost froze into a popsicle, even after all my gymnastics while getting in and out of the saddle. But now, after some pony cuddles and a warm shower, I am able to properly move my toes and face again enough to feel happy after a long day. ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’› 

This is what Saturdays are meant for ๐Ÿ†


The day started with a morning ride on Shahina with Marie and her horse for 1,5 hours on some new roads. This was the first time we rode together but I have a good feeling that it won’t be the last. ๐Ÿ˜‰  


Shahina prefers to walk first but followed them nicely as we went out exploring. 

I am constantly looking for new dirt roads to explore since we spend a lot of time out on the trail. 


Once we got back to the stable I brought Popgun in and gave all our ponies their lunch. 

I then saddled Popgun and we waited for Rebecka to saddle her Paloma. Her mom, Henrietta, took this funny picture of the little nest I made while posting the picture from Shahina‘s ride on instagram.


I then rode Popgun with Rebecka and her horse Paloma down past the lakes. ๐Ÿฆ„โ„๏ธ We were out 1 hour and 45 minutes for about 13 km and had fun climbing on my favorite dirt road. 

We walked for about 20 minutes both at the start of and at the end of our ride but the rest of the ride was mostly nice and calm trot.

 Popgun and Paloma got along very well and I think they had a lot of fun. Popgun did drool some on Paloma though as we took a few pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’›

Popgun was well behaved but had a little extra pop in him today and didn’t particularly like the cars that made weird noises next to us on the ice. 


When I got back, Arshaq and I took a 30 minute walk as the sunset colored the fields as golden as my daydreams.  ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ…

We just need to wait one more year until we will be out competing together in endurance

Arshaq enjoyed stopping to eat some grass every once and a while and we also practiced trotting up for imaginary veterinarians. This is something we will need to do at competitions in the future so it is good to practice as much as possible. Popgun saw that we were trotting and started racing around in the pasture next to us. So we went back to walking, even though Arshaq luckily didn’t get excited this time. 

Tomorrow our trainer Per is coming out to teach Arshaq and myself some new dressage moves and Maja is going to come ride with Popgun and Shahina and myself. So this weekend is going to be full of wonderful rides! 

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Three rides in one dayย 


Today Popgun and I went on 11 km walk in 2 hours with Nipeta and My mom.๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’› 
Popgun and I worked on our dressage moves he was looking pretty fancy. I ended up getting so cold by the time that we turned so I got off and walked the 5,5 km back to the stable. But it was totally worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‚โ˜ƒ 


Baby Arshaq and Queen Shahina also got dressage lessons today so I ended up spending a total of 11 hours at the stable and I am now quite tiered. 
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Early morning at the stable

Early mornings ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’›

It is 9 am on a Saturday morning and Adam and I have already been to the stables to let out all the ponies and give them some yummy  breakfast. 

In the stable where our 4 horses live, we take turns on the weekends letting all of the 12 horses out, feeding them breakfast, lunch and dinner and cleaning the common areas. 

Popgun seems to like it when we hang around in the mornings.

Popgun seems to like it when we hang around in the mornings. 

There is something peaceful about watching Nipeta and Arshaq cuddling as the sun came up.

 

Baby Arshaq watches me carefully to see if I have any treats. ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฟ

Now it is time for my own breakfast before going back to the stable to ride, give the horses lunch and do chores. 
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