Endurance Training Without Leaving the Yard🏇💨 


I wish every ride was as nice as tonight’s endurance training with Popgun.💥🔫🦄🇸🇪

 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. 🚜 🌾

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. 🏇💨🌾🏁🌙💫🙏

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. 💛🦄🏆🏅

Maybe we will sign up for a small pay&jump before or next endurance competition? 🤔  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 💙 💛 It has his name embroidered onto it with gold letters which made our outfit really Pop. 💥🔫


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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. 🦄👑 

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 🇸🇪

Arshaq’s new saddlepad from Exclusive Horsewear makes my little baby look ready to take on the world. 🇸🇪💛🏆🐴🌟

I really like the yellow with blue and gold trim on Arshaq and I love seeing his name things. I just know that he will and We took a ride in the snowy paddock to celebrate. ❄️🙏

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, that 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, despite (or perhaps because) the reins being attached to the sidepull again (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) 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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Active Rest 

The horses usually rest on Mondays but I like taking them for walks so that they can stretch their legs.

Popgun and Shahina came along for a 20 minute walk with Adam and myself today while a million fluffy snowflakes made there way down to join their friends on the ground. 🦄❄️🌨☃  


Baby Arshaq came along for the next 20 minute walk and enjoyed stealing some treats while we were wandering around. 🐴❄️🌾☃

Adam got to lead Arshaq for a while and I took the chance to film them for a few moments. 
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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 Ernäs

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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Play Nice

I feel like a worried mother watching my children play too rough. Luckily they calmed down eventually and nobody lost an eye or a leg. 😱👬⚔💥🐎💨

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Dressage in the Dark

Tonight Maja came out to the stable to ride some unicorns. We were initially hoping to go trail riding and meet up with Maria and her horse in the woods. But the roads were so icey that we decided to do some dressage in the paddock instead were the ground was better. The roads looked so strange, almost like the inside of a freezer.

I rode a well behaved Popgun and practiced riding lots of figures and moving laterally. Maja rode Shahina and I tried to supply as many Princess charming tips as I could think of. We finished after a little more than an hour and I rode her for a little while during the last while. I had a good time riding her around a saddle but she was a little bit less interested in dressage than usual.


Shahina worse a hackamore as usual and Popgun wore a new sidepull bridle that I bought second hand this week for a great deal. I am so loving the yellow. 💛🦄

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Crashing

Last night Popgun went to our weekly jump training without Shahina there as moral support for the first time ever. 

I was a little worried about whether Mom, Adam and I would even be able to load him into the trailer or not but, luckily, that went smoother than expected. 

We used the step-up instead of the ramp as a little experiment (since that is what his old owner used) and that seemed to make a lot more sense to him. But since I want him to be able use both, we will need to train more with the ramp on days when we aren’t in a rush. 

He also traveled very calmly, despite being by himself in the trailer for the first time since he came to us.  

The training in it itself could have gone better but it could also have gone worse. Popgun is very excited to jump but since we are both very inexperienced when it comes to jumping it doesn’t always go as planned. We landed halfway over two jumps and had some miscommunications. 

I need to work on my seat and we both need to work on our timining but we stayed brave for each other even after the weird jumps so things kept going better and better. 

We are noticing a lot of improvement in amongst all the chaos so I think we stay motivated we will be able to do some pay and jumps in the spring. Or we could just go within the next few weeks and get a few giggles from the judges. I don’t know. We’ll see.  

For the moment I am just happy with us calmly getting there every week an soaking up all these new things we are learning there. Patience is key, after all. 
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Grand Prix dreams 😂


Monday afternoon our dressage trainer Per came out and trained baby Arshaq and myself.

Arshaq was quite focused and well behaved, which I appreciated a lot. 

We tried to keep his young mind as busy as we would by keeping the pace brisk and by doing as many riding figures as we could think of in both a walk and trot. We practiced doing serpentines, diagonals, 20 meter circles, 10 meter circles and riding down the center line while pretending that we were at a Grand Prix dressage competition. I can dream at least, right? 😂💛

I am sure my show off Arshaq doesn’t see a problem with that idea at all. 

We also worked on stopping and starting from a walk and a trot as smoothly and as gracefully as possible. This, I think, was the exercise that went best. 

By the end we also cantered, once on each side on a big 20 meter circle. 
I then let baby out again in the pasture with Nipeta and I hurried home with my Dad to finally eat. 

We came back after not too long to finish up with the chores. I also tiddied up my locker which desperatly needed doing.  

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