New tricks

A long but wonderful day spent working in the sunshine at @apridutveckling 💛✨

After a nice long shower, I was ready to go to my own ponies and take care of Poppy’s cuts.💔👀 I also spent an extra long time scratching and massaging them, trying to learn how our physiotherapist @susanneqeriksson could make an excited Poppy almost fall asleep yesterday.💆🏼‍♂️💎 I don’t think I had ever tried massaging their jaws before, among some other new tricks!🦄✨💛💆🏼‍♀️

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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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The best

Our farrier Hälsopedagog Häst & Människa is the best.🤩👠🙏🏻✨💎

Tomorrow, I am bringing Popgun and Arshaq to a club dressage competition at @lurbork .🦄✨ 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.🦃 Arshaq accidentally tossed off a shoe just as we were about to get ready to go.👠💥

Panic!😱

I was really disappointed because I really wanted to bring both Arshaq and Popgun to tomorrow’s competition!🦁🏆 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.🔨🙏🏻

But soon enough, my farrier was there and put Arshaq’s shoe and show back on!🦁💛 What an enormous relief!🙏🏻✨

So now we are packed and ready for Arshaq’s first club dressage competition.🎠✨🙏🏻💛

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Yesterday

Yesterday was a long day.🌸✨

I was in the stable almost 12 hours in order to feed and let ponies out, take part in cleaning day, feed lunch and then ride 2 dressage lessons with first Arshaq and then Popgun.🍼🦁🥕🐼 I also took Popgun for a peaceful 2 hour walk in the woods with Shahina & @matildanilssson_ and Mom&Nipeta.🎠✨🙏🏻🌷 I have only been walking my 3 ponies by hand since their competitions, so the past week has been really calm but now we are back to training again.💛🦄 It felt like a rather long day to start it off with but today I compensated by taking a rest day as soon I had fed and let the ponies out.🙏🏻✨

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Later than I planned

Today Shahina got to go for a 40 minute walk and graze and afterwards I spent a long getting off dirt and clay from her furcoat. I doubt she well stay clean but whatever.😂

I was planning on taking Popgun for a ride and Adam was going to bring Arshaq by hand but the sunshine was deceiving since it was much later than I thought it was. I realized this as I was washing Arshaq’s legs and then suddenly it was time for the ponies’ dinner time.🦄

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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.🦄💦🙏🏻🌱

It’s Valborg today in Sweden, which basically means that everyone is out partying, except me.💁🏼‍♀️✨🥂🦄😂

Valborg is an old Pagan holiday which celebrates the arrival of spring.🌸✨ It’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 floats🌊, lunch in the park🌮, music💃🏼, partying🕺🏼 and then they end the evening with an enormous bonfire.🔥

Remember to stay hydrated people.💦🥛

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. 😂

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. 🙏🏻

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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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To ride or not to ride

“To ride, or not to ride, that is the question.”💦🦄🌊🤷🏼‍♀️☔️💧🔮

We decided to wait until the worst of the rain was over until we went out. The plan was to hopefully manage to stay reasonably dry for a 2 hour walk, which we almost managed!💁🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

@matildanilssson_ rode Shahina, @mercedesschon rode Charlie, I walked along with Popgun by hand and @catschon followed along as our personal bodyguard.🚶🏼‍♀️🎠💨🚿 I didn’t get too cold but I must say, they rain is better appreciated from inside.😂

Did it rain on you guys today as well?🙎🏼‍♀️☔️

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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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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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