Some days are more beautiful than others

Arshaq was a Prince today and weather was beautiful!๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆโ„๏ธโœจ

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.๐Ÿพ

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Entrepreneurship lecture

This evenings entrepreneurship lecture was.. interesting..

We were supposed to choose between two companies in a roleplay scenario and I had a lot of fun discussing with my group. But. Then one of us was supposed to pitch our ideas in front of the whole class and I was feeling quite confident.. so I decided that I would be the one to get up and walk down to the front of the lecture hall and talk. My opening sentences were quite good but then I suddenly became very aware of the fact that 50 people were staring at me and the rest of my pitch turned from well thought through to a bit of a mess. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I think my most used word was “uuuuhm”.

It felt like the teachers thought that I was a complete fool, but the other students smiled kindly at me. So that’s nice.

Oh well.. at least I was smiling when I walked nervously back to my seat..

I raised my hand a lot during the rest of the class and I felt like I had a lot of good points, so maybe that made up for it. Maybe this was good because I learned that it was alright to screw up a little. ๐Ÿ˜‚

“Uuuuhm”

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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Gala tonight!

Morning

Protein powder mixed with oats and banana for breakfast. ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿฏ

Lunch

We looked over our ponies while they ate their lunch. ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒฑ 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.๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ

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. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ

Tonight we are going to the annual endurance gala. โœจ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

I am a little nervous that I picked the wrong dress for this evening. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’›

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. ๐Ÿคก ๐Ÿ’„ ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚ But first I am going to just sit and listen to podcasts.

Adam and I stopped in Kรถping 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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Win a pair of Equestrian Star Power Grip Riding trousers *In collaboration with KE Hรคstsport*

Don’t miss out on the competition I am doing on Instagram in honor of Valentine’s Day in collaboration with KE Hรคstsport! Win a pair of Equestrian Star Power Grip Riding trousers worth 969kr.โค๏ธ

They also have a discount this week, which ends tomorrow! ๐Ÿ‘„

The cherry on top๐Ÿ’๐Ÿจ

I feel like I am flying on pink little fluffy clouds after today’s dressage lessons with Arshaq and Shahina.๐Ÿฆ„โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’“

At 11 am earlier today, Shahina stood saddled and ready for a lesson with me and our dressage trainer Per. The horses usually ride light dressage at least once a week but not so often for a trainer since he lives far away.

We worked a lot on increasing the pace, circles, shoulder in, leg yields, transitions between canter and trot and we also worked a little on sitting down, which I don’t do very often unless I am riding bareback.

Per’s words about the training were: “this went over expected.”

And I couldn’t agree more. I have owned Shahina for 12 years now.. so I know her very well.. but she turns 26 years old this year.

She is very active for her age, but I don’t usually put a lot of pressure on her.

I must confess, I don’t always choose to saddle her when I ride her myself and I only sometimes choose to ride with a bridle on instead of a halter. I don’t think that’s how dressage riders usually ride. But I am not a dressage rider. And I haven’t really cared what equipment she wears, as long as she is happy. ๐Ÿ˜‚ So it was fun riding a lesson with a trainer and feeling that so many things “clicked”. Even though I wasn’t expecting miracles.

Our lesson was almost 1 hour long, including warm up. After, we jogged around on loose reins and I then unsaddled her and went for a 15 minute bareback cool down walk in the beautiful weather.

She looked pretty fancy today, all glammed up in a new bridle. But I think I need to put new holes in the leather because the silly noseband seemed to be sliding around on her “little” nose. ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ‘‘

At about 12.15 pm Shahina got to eat her lunch, finally.๐Ÿฆ„ Then I brought in, brushed and saddled Arshaq just in time to be in the saddle at 1 pm. Ready for my lesson with baby.

My dad was nice and stayed to take pictures of Arshaq’s lesson too and Adam had driven out just to be there as back up. But Arshaq was very relaxed today and almost everything felt really great, even though we had some problems that Per helped us work out. ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ญ

The main things I was told to think about was to make sure to close my hand, look at my hand to see that I was keeping the contact, increase the trot, be more firm, keep up the even tempo and to ride a little bit more, basically.

I see now in the pictures that the hand watching thing really got me leaning forward, even though it felt like I wasn’t. ๐Ÿ˜‚ So I will need to remember that!

I was so pleased with my Chuckles! I almost cried, because I was so happy afterwards. When he is listening and relaxed, one can really start to enjoy his gates that feel silky and light: like riding a cloud. I love him so much, so this meant a lot to me! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’›

We celebrated with lots of petting and I offered some carrots that I had brought, which were very appreciated. Arshaq still seems to think that it is very practical to carry me as a little carrot dispensing machine?๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฆ

ArChuckles and I then got to go for a little cool down walk in the summer pasture. Riding a relaxed Arshaq out on that wide open field after a great dressage lesson felt like putting a really sweet cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿจ

We finished up with some brushing and carrot stretching before baby got to go back out into the pasture. Both of us very happy and carefree.๐ŸŽต๐Ÿฆ„

I was tired after working hard during the lessons but I don’t think the following stable chores have ever felt so easy and fun. Some days are better than others.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†

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Endurance Training Without Leaving the Yard๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ’จย 


I wish every ride was as nice as tonight’s endurance training with Popgun.๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

 We made the most out of a long and otherwise boring day by riding 16.4 km in 1 hour and 45 minutes, despite barely leaving the yard and walking a total of 40 minutes. ๐Ÿšœ ๐ŸŒพ

The ground was perfect on the path around the big field (800 meters) and in the summer pasture (300 meters) and we could train completely undisturbed at a nice and even pace. All the joys of a racetrack just outside the stable doors. ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ™

Popgun was wearing our new saddle in navy, Royal blue and Gold from Exclusive Horsewear. It looked smashing and matched  the blue biothane bridle perfectly. 

Our ride in detail:

  • Walking 20 minutes (100 meters + 800 meters * 2 = 1.7 km)  
  • Trotting 2 big laps in both directions (800 meters *4 laps = 3.2 km)  
  • Cantering 5 small laps clockwise (300 meters * 5 laps = 1.5 km in 5 minutes) 
  • Trotting 1 small lap clockwise (300 meters * 1 lap) 
  • Cantering 5 small laps counter-clockwise (300 meters * 5 laps = 1.5 km in 5 minutes) 
  • Trotting 1 small lap counter-clockwise (300 meters * 1 lap) 
  • Cantering 2 big laps counter-clockwise (800 meters * 2 laps = 1.6 km) 
  • Cantering 2 big laps clockwise (800 meters * 2 = 1.6 km) 
  • Trotting 2 big laps clockwise (800 meters * 2 laps = 1.6 km) 
  • Trotting 2 big laps counter-clockwise (800 meters * 2 laps = 1.6 km) 
  • Walking 20 minutes ( 800 meters * 2 laps = 1.6 km)  


Approximate time and distance in each Gate: 
Walking: 40 minutes of walking a total of 3,3 km (20 minutes * 2). 

Trotting: 35 minutes of trotting a total of 7 km (3.2 km + 30 meters * 2 laps + 3.2 km) 

Cantering
: 20 minutes of cantering a total of 6.2 km (1.5 km * 2  + 1.6 km * 2 ) 

Time spent stopped, moving between fields,  slowing down and walk in sharp corners: 10 minutes.  

Total: 16.5 km in 105 minutes. 
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A Confident Rider makes a Brave Horse

Tonight’s jump training showed us that we are slowly heading toward where we want to be. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…

Maybe we will sign up for a small pay&jump before or next endurance competition? ๐Ÿค”  And if we do: where and when should we go? 

It was obvious that we still have some insecurities every time we try going over a new jump. But as soon as we’ve flown over a particular fence in a good way then we can jump it again without an extra thought. This  could maybe be a problem at a competition since one wouldn’t get the chance to jump the course a few times before starting. I guess, unless we sign up for multiple classes. 

Anyway, I am not quite sure how show jumpers usually start out a new horse’s carrier. Based on past experiences, I would say that most people tend to be less careful(or paranoid) than I am and I feel most people just sort of go out there and take a leap of faith. I am not sure. Perhaps there is something to be said for going and getting that first nervous competition over with. Maybe that is exactly what we need to do just because it goes against the perfectionist inside of me that loves to scream for stability and order. 

Popgun would probably think it was quite awesome as long as there was jumping (and running) involved. 

Another thing that I thought about a lot today was how much my own attitude between the jumps rubbed off on Popgun. 

We had just landed after the small black, red and white fence and were cantering towards the red oxer when a sudden flash of uncertentity came over me. 

I felt like I needed another second to prepare myself for the new jump since it was new and for some reason felt ginormous combated to the other fences ( even though it wasn’t). And this tiny change in attitude from my side immediately rubbed off on Popgun. 

My short moment of hesitation was enough to make him sort of run sideways and miss the next jump, which would count as a clear refusal in a competion. (And that is something you don’t want because it counts as 4 faults, assuming this endurance rider remembers correctly.)  

It took one more failed attempt before I took the extra time to clear my mind and properly convince him that I wasn’t afraid anymore. Then he jumped. And let me tell you, when we’ve got our flow working properly, my unicorn sure can jump.  

To me this just shows what a differance my attitude can make when it comes to our performance together. I have a feeling that I might need to remind myself about that in the future(probably on multiple occasions too.
One thing is certain: my Popgun sure looked good in his new saddle pad from Exclusive Horsewear ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’› It has his name embroidered onto it with gold letters which made our outfit really Pop. ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ”ซ

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Packing list for Jump training

This evening we are going to do some light jump training at Johannesberg’s Castle again. It is a 30 minute drive to get there with a trailer, which means that we have to be somewhat organized in order to get there on time. ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ‘‘ 

The actual training starts at 18.00 so we usually try to start loading up around 17.00, just to make sure we don’t end up late. Before then, Popgun needs to be wearing all of his trailer equipment and everything else needs to be packed.

Things usually take longer than planned so it makes sense for me to make things as easy as possible to get ready. We also need to make sure we have enough time to bring the horses in and preferably finish up all the stable chores before we go. 

To speed things up and to make sure we don’t forget anything, I decided to make a little packing list for us to follow. 

Packing list: 

Trailer:

  • Trailer protectors 
  • BellBoots
  • Tail protector
  • Trailer Cover from Exclusive Horsewear
  • Halter 
  • Leadrope 
  • Bucket with tasty treats for Popgun
  • Hay
  • Warm gloves
  • Empty Bag to store trailer equipment in

Riding:

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Ready for our Flag ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

Arshaq’sย new saddlepad from Exclusive Horsewear makes my little baby look ready to take on the world. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ†๐Ÿด๐ŸŒŸ

I really like the yellow with blue and gold trim on Arshaqย and I love seeing his name things. I just know that he willย and We took a ride in the snowy paddock to celebrate. โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ™

There was a pony in the paddock when we got there and that would have caused a few problems for us in the past. Today, thankfully, it worked just fine, even when they were cantering.

Some strange creaking noices just outside the paddock were, apparently, way more worthy of my little Prince’s wide looks of concern.

(Because, as we all know,ย thatย must be what chestnut-eating monsters sound like.)

But I feel like I did my job in keeping him preoccupied. And I didn’t feel like I might potentially get dumped in the snow, not even once, which is a step up from some of our previous rides together.

We walked most of the time in a big circle near the gate but we changed directions often and I asked him to move laterally for a couple of steps every once in a while. We also trotted for a couple of laps in each direction but not more than that. Overall he was unusually sweet and calm again, despiteย (or perhaps because)ย the reins being attached to the sidepull againย (and not to the very kind bit we use). Or maybe it was because of our progress together or because mom was there to keep us company in the dark (just in case I fell off on my face). Either way, maybe it would be good to call out the dentist again even though she was recently here and said that nothing was wrong. (Just in case it isn’t my riding skills making all the difference.)

Our biggest problem came towards the end of our ride when the sweet pony that was keeping us company (and protecting us from potential chestnut-eating monsters in the bushes)ย left to go inside. But I feel like we got through that in a good way too.

We finished our ride in a good place and I rode him to the stable door, got off somewhat gracefully, walked back with a calm baby to the paddock, turned off the lights, walked us over to the trailer to check out what my mom was up to and then brought him inside. Just to make a point.

I love finishing our ride in ways like this. To me it is the feeling we get from the end of the ride that is most important because that is the one that I will remember the longest.

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