The best

Our farrier Hรคlsopedagog Hรคst & Mรคnniska is the best.๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ๐Ÿ’Ž

Tomorrow, I am bringing Popgun and Arshaq to a club dressage competition at @lurbork .๐Ÿฆ„โœจ 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.๐Ÿฆƒ Arshaq accidentally tossed off a shoe just as we were about to get ready to go.๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Panic!๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I was really disappointed because I really wanted to bring both Arshaq and Popgun to tomorrowโ€™s competition!๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ† 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.๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

But soon enough, my farrier was there and put Arshaqโ€™s shoe and show back on!๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’› What an enormous relief!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ

So now we are packed and ready for Arshaqโ€™s first club dressage competition.๐ŸŽ โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

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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.๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฑ

Itโ€™s Valborg today in Sweden, which basically means that everyone is out partying, except me.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโœจ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ˜‚

Valborg is an old Pagan holiday which celebrates the arrival of spring.๐ŸŒธโœจ Itโ€™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 floats๐ŸŒŠ, lunch in the park๐ŸŒฎ, music๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ, partying๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿผ and then they end the evening with an enormous bonfire.๐Ÿ”ฅ

Remember to stay hydrated people.๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿฅ›

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. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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Swanproof

So how swanproof is your horse on a scale from 1๏ธโƒฃ-๐Ÿ”Ÿ?๐Ÿฆ„โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚ Wait for it and put the sound on.๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ—ฏ

Popgun and I got out for a 3 hour long walk today with Mom and Nipeta.๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ”That felt like a good way to spend my evening, even though I felt a little low on energy.๐Ÿ’“โšก๏ธ Poppy feels nice and prepared for this weekendโ€™s international 80*km in Kristinehamn.๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ”ซ All I need to do until then is keep him happy and entertained and everything should go smoothly.๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†

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A new first

I think this was the first day in a long time that I went out riding without a phone and also without taking any pictures. It was dark outside so it didn’t really matter.

And it worked out fine since my Mom came along, with a working phone, so Shahina and Nipeta got out for a nice and calm walk down to the lakes. Also, it was interesting knowing what it feels like walking around without people being able to call me. Scary and also a little freeing.

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What does the Fox say?

Mr Fox.๐ŸฆŠโœจ I love experiencing nature while out with my ponies.๐ŸŽ โœจ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿฟ

Today, my Mom and I rode Popgun and Nipeta on a walk down to the lakes.๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Itโ€™s always nice riding with my Mom and Poppy was happy to go out popping, as usual.๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿด ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆ„

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Extra sunshine

Woodland Popicorn.๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒฟโ„๏ธโœจ๐Ÿฟ๐ŸŽˆ

Popgun and I just finished a 1 hour outdoor ride in the spring sunshine, followed by 30 minutes of dressage and another 1 hour of walking in the walker with Shahina.๐ŸŽช๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ

Loving this extra hour of sunshine in the evenings.๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒ…

During todayโ€™s dressage session with Arshaq, we worked on alternating between riding in circles and small squares, backing, standing still, soft leg yields and riding through puddles.๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒช

He found it scary riding near the other horses, but he sort of got used to it after a while.๐Ÿ‘ป

It wasnโ€™t our best session but not the worst either and I was so happy to have Adam walking there next to us the entire time to keep us motivated.๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ†

Adam was so nice and cleaned the boxes while I walked all 4 horses by hand before bedtime.

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Woodland Arabians

It is so much nicer and warmer to ride in the sunshine!๐Ÿฅโœจ

Arshaq was a good boy again today on our 1 hour walk in the woods along with Adam, Mom and Shahina.๐Ÿฆโœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’›

Adam was so sweet to come for another long walk in the deep snow.

Arshaq was excited but walked calmly after Adam the entire ride.

Popgun and I then joined Mom and Nipeta for a short 40 minute walk in the woods to keep them company.๐Ÿฆ„โ„๏ธ

We laughed at a cute little deer, calmly eating bark of a tree not far from us.

Once we had walked Mom and Nipeta back to the stable, Popgun and I went out for another 30 minute ride with some trotting and cantering.๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†

On the way back with Popgun, the sun had gone down so I had turned my headlamp on. Mom’s headlamp to be honest. We walked back on to the small car road and it was covered in ice. There, no more than 10 meters away from us, stood 2 deer staring right at us. Popgun hadn’t seen them, but the light from the headlamp was making their eyes glow. So I looked down and kept walking forward with Popgun, asking the deer not to move so that we would not risk falling on our faces on the icey road. We passed them quite quickly and went in to the stable, the incident passing completely unnoticed by Popgun.

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Popgun the labrador retriever

Popgun and Nipeta got new shoes today. Both are a little bit too full of energy and could barely stand still. So I had to get a lick-it jar, candy, to keep them entertained. That worked better but they were still acting a little too ready to run.

Popgun got extra attention today before and after the shoeing. I feel like he needed the most pampering after me being home sick. Mom and Dad have done their very best to do everything, and they have been superheroes, but the ponies are used to more cuddles, especially Popgun. Shahina is a Queen and demands cuddles when she feels like it. Arshaq is always sweet and cuddly but doesn’t usually get the same sort of “scream, jump up and down and climb in your lap to excitedly kiss your face like a Labrador puppy” attitude that Popgun gets. He needs kissing and cuddles. Popgun’s fur had also gotten to that weird stage of being shaved but with a thin layer of rough and overgrown bristles and he was a little too warm under his cover today so I trimmed it down, which was a little more work than my family was happy that I was doing. I also brushed him with all the brushes in his big grooming box and coated him in two brands of showsheen. I am trying out a new brand and wanted to compare the two. He is shedding like crazy and it now looks like it is supposed be warm tomorrow. So spring is coming after all!

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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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