Baby’s first Dressage Club Competition

We got up early this morning to bring Arshaq and Popgun to a club dressage competition.🎠✨🙏🏻🏆

But the day didn’t exactly turn out as I had planned.😖💥 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.🐼💔

Luckily, it didn’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 didn’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.🚧👀

Then the speaker started.🔊🗯

So he spooked.😖👻

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.🌪🦁 That is not great points but I could feel him calming down and I knew that his first dressage competition might be like this.🍼🦁

We laughed a lot when we read that it just said “wrong lead” in the program when he bolted away at the canter.😂 Understanding judge!💛

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.💛

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.😂

Once we got home to the stable, the lifesaver Hästhälsan Susanne Ernäs came and looked Poppy over as well. We really appreciated her experienced eyes!💛

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Lovisedalsritten 2018

A lot of happy tears today.😭💛

My baby Arshaq, 5 years old, completed his very first 40km qualification ride and my Queen Shahina, 26 years old, did an amazing job babysitting.🍼💦🙏🏻🦁🏆

I am so incredibly proud of both of them and I am so grateful to be able to share this particular ride with my mom, who did a wonderful job riding Shahina.💁🏼‍♀️🦁💛👩🏻🦄 It feels so special to start Arshaq’s career here at Lovisedalsritten.🙏🏻✨ It was at this venue that Shahina and I completed our very first endurance ride together 10 years ago.💛🦄🙏🏻🏆 This is where it all began.💛

A big thank you to my hardworking team and sponsors for helping make our dreams come true.🙏🏻✨ Thank you @ludiv_in_space for being a lifesaver and helping so much today!!🙏🏻💛

Also, a big thank you to my farrier @halsopedagoghastmanniska for shoeing so perfectly!

Last but not least, a million thank you hugs to our equitherapist @susanneqeriksson for helping my Queen to be blessed with this many adventures.💛 There is no way Shahina would ever have stayed this terrific without @susanneqeriksson and I couldn’t be prouder! 🦄✨🙏🏻💛

What a special day to remember!💛

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Late evenings

Longs days at the stable.💛

Adam and I got to the stable quite early today to get some energy out of Arshaq.🍼💦🙏🏻🦁💛 We started of by working from the ground for 15 minutes before riding dressage with a lot of trotting for about 45 minutes.💛✨ We also cantered a tiny bit, which both Arshaq and I thought was very fun and great.🏇🏼💨💛✨ Arshaq started off our session by being a little too energetic but there were no major issues, so both Adam and I were very pleased with Baby today.🍼🦁

We then finished off our session by taking a nice 15 minute walk around the fields and Adam came along as company.💁🏻‍♂️🏇🏼💨🌤 It was nice enjoying the sunshine together.☀️🙏🏻 We celebrated by letting Arshaq graze while we untacked before letting him back out into the pasture.🌱🍼🙏🏻🦁

After lunch, my dad and I went and picked up @ludiv_in_space and we brought her for a walk around the fields and then down to one of the lakes.🌊🦆 She rode Shahina, I walked with Popgun, Mom rode an excited Nipeta and @stina_hermansson rode her adorable Pernod.💛

It was really nice going and talking while walking for almost 2 hours and we didn’t even get rained on so much, which was an added bonus!☔️💦 I really appreciated learning more about what it is like riding in France! 🏇🏼🇫🇷 It sounds really exciting! Makes me wish I had listened better during all those years of French lessons in school!📖😂 One of my big dreams is to someday ride Fontainebleau.🦄🏆🙏🏻🇫🇷💛

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Energy Baby

Arshaq had a lot of extra energy today. 🍼💦⚡️🦁

He has been acting so grown up and extremely well behaved in the past 2 weeks since the natural horsemanship clinic.🙏🏻✨ So I expected nothing less from him today when we went out to start our session by trotting up by hand for about 20 minutes.🦁💛 But Baby had other plans and had fun trying to sprint instead of trotting and was more focused on prancing around than listening to me.🤦🏼‍♀️ In hindsight, I should’ve known better because he always gets excited after resting two days in a row.🦁⚡️ I know that rest is important so I will need to find ways to deal with this.😖

He eventually calmed down a little after doing some groundwork, so we saddled up and went for a 30 minute walk around the fields with Adam along as backup.💁🏻‍♂️✨ I then got off and we let him eat a little grass, as a reward and to get his tummy used to it.🦁🌱

I then went back to walking around and working on stopping and backing up, which is our homework from the natural horsemanship clinic.📚📖 Once he, yet again, had gotten back to the point where he wasn’t dancing around or looking for monsters in the bushes, we decided to finish up.🐲👀🍼🦁

I had planned on getting on again and trotting out some more of the energy, but by then it was getting really late and I was starving.🍉👀

So today’s session wasn’t perfect but I am so grateful for Adam’s patience while waiting for me and I am happy that we still have two more days to get our ducks back into a row before Sunday’s race.🦆💨🙏🏻🦁🏆

I learn something new everyday with my Arshaq.🦁💛

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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.🏔🏇🏼🙏🏻👠✨

We are so lucky to have him because he always spends extra time making sure that everything looks perfect.🔨💎

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

Her experienced eyes are always appreciated, especially before and after racing.👀🔮🙏🏻🎀

I am very happy to see that Popgun still looks so fresh and energetic after last weekend’s race and that Arshaq is now looking competition ready and much more evenly muscled since I bought his new dressage saddle.🍼🦁

We are always trying to do the best for our unicorns.💛

#QOTD When is your next competition?🏇🏼🏆

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Packing list

Now that we are back from Kristinehamn, it is time to start thinking about next weekend’s adventure. We are going to Lovisedalsritten where Mom and Shahina are going to help me and Arshaq ride Arshaq’s first 40km qualification ride.

I feel like I need to specialize my packing list since we are bringing two horses and will need to bring more with less space. So I will need to plan wisely.

Arshaq

Arshaq Spare

  • ELT cinch 70 cm
  • Gray cinch
  • Green fluffy
  • Yellow biothane stirrup leathers
  • Saddle pad – Blue & Darkblue & yellow by Exclusive Horsewear
  • 4 extra fluffies
  • Lightblue bridle
  • Good grip Lightblue reins
  • Silver Martingalefork
  • 2 rings
  • Reflectorvest
  • 2 Orange leg protectors for front
  • Blue Jumping backleg protectors
  • Spare horseshoes and pads

Shahina

Shahina Spare

General

  • Showsheen
  • Plastic gloves
  • Vetwrap
  • Garmin pulsemeeter
  • Polar pulsemeeter
  • Scrapers
  • Buckets
  • Sponges
  • Scoops
  • Hay
  • Feed
  • Salt
  • Carrots
  • Water container
  • Stable bag for the saddle pads

Ella

Ella Spare

Mom

  • Riding gloves
  • Working gloves
  • Buff
  • Shirt
  • GPS
  • Back on track helmet
  • Jacket
  • Hoofpick
  • Cellphone
  • Riding Pants
  • Riding socks
  • Shoes
  • Number plate

Mom spare

  • Riding gloves
  • Pants
  • Shirts
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • GPS
  • Jackets

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On the way to the Endurance ride

It is a little windy and the road is a little bumpy but we are finally on the way to Kristinehamn and this weekend’s international 80*km!!

I am a little nervous because I really want to ride to pass this race so that we clear the slate after the drama in January in Rättvik. My plan is still to ride 120**km soon with Poppy and we need to regain some confidence.

One of my big fears for this weekend is the choice wether we should put on leg protectors on. I never usually put them on Popgun’s legs but since Rättvik I have been a little obsessed with always putting on thick cross country leg protectors. But now the snow is gone and Popgun’s spikes are off so I really only risk more by leaving them on for a long ride like 80km. They are thick and warm and this track is sandy and dusty so they could probably rub if I left them on. And he doesn’t usually ever bang his legs together. No. Not a good idea to put them on.

I hope it won’t be too hot tomorrow or my fair skin will burn up in the sunshine and we will need to pour more water on Poppy, which is a lot more work for everyone.

Otherwise, it feels like an easy race and we just need to get around smiling to accomplish our goal. One can’t put the pressure on for every race or one won’t last long.

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Froggirl

Inspiration comes and goes.🎢🤸🏼‍♂️🍭🍬🐥Some days you just need to saddle up and ride anyway.🦄✨

Today was one of those days when Arshaq did everything right and was a good boy but I myself rode like a 🐸 and just sort of sat there and felt sweaty.🤷🏼‍♀️💦

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.🏔🏇🏼

It was a beautiful and hot spring day today (for being Sweden) but I didn’t get a single good picture so I chose one from 2 years ago and the best of the ones from today.🌞🌱🌷🌸🌪

We also bathed Popgun in preparation for this weekend’s exciting trip to the international 80*km competition in Kristinehamn.🏇🏼🏆🙏🏻💛

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SuperBaby

I was a little shocked by Arshaq’s incredibly good behavior today.🍼💦🙏🏻🦁 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, didn’t even think of spooking and stayed focused on me the entire time.😱💛 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.🏇🏼💨 Once we were done riding, I pretended we were at a competition and unsaddled and practiced trotting up by hand.🙏🏻✨ I could almost hear the cheering as the imaginary vets passed us with flying colors.🏁🏆

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.🏔🏞🏇🏼💨

The spring flowers are popping up everywhere.

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Walk in the dark

After picking out Arshaq’s new saddle, Adam and I went back to the apartment for lunch and then my Dad and I did some necessary shopping.😂

I was originally planning to bring first Shahina out for a ride outside and then to ride dressage but it took a really long time to get the ponies clean today. So I settled for just taking Popgun out to keep Mom and Nipeta company.

We got out riding really late, which was a little scary so we put on even more reflectors than usual.

But it was nice for the ponies to get out for a nice walk down to the lake and back. Even if both Popgun and Nipeta would’ve probably preferred a canter in the light.

Picture is an old picture of Shahina.💛

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