Pffft, I must admit that was a bit of a long night. I laid awake for most of the night listening to noises from the outside, making sure I heard if anything would happen…
If I said that these attacks didn’t affect me, I would be lying. Preferably I would stay in the hotel room the entire day, but I try to remind myself that you cannot let these people stop your life.
The hotel has been very nice and communicative with us, making sure we feel as safe as possible. They were meant to have a wedding of 150 people yesterday which got canceled, so today the hotel is a bit of a ghost town. In total I’ve seen 5 couples or so.
What’s been interesting is the information we have gotten from our two governments. Me from Norway is being told that I shouldn’t be spending time in Sri Lanka if it’s not necessary, while the Dutch government says that everyone can go here if they want, but to keep ears and eyes open. In Norway I would also get my return ticket refunded if I choose to go early, while in the Netherlands not. So who to believe in this case? The over caring mom or the nonchalant son telling you to live your life?
I’ve yet to decide for myself.
We are on to day 2 of no social media now, with no information on when it will be unblocked. Probably I won’t have access to any of it before I land on Dutch soil again. I had a little breakdown during the night were we started looking for tickets to go home early, but as of now we are keeping to the original schedule. The airport is a nightmare today, and if they want to hit again that’s definitely one of the spots. For now we are spending time reading books and watching bad movies, hoping time will go by fast.
At the moment I am meant to enjoy my vacation on Sri Lanka, but am sat on the hotel room with no access to social media and no wish to go outside.
Yesterday evening we were a bit tired of spending time at the resort, so we asked the reception to book us a taxi to go to Colombo. The taxi service told us that the traffic jam was so heavy that he advised to go another day. In the end we ended up calling a Tuk Tuk who would take us to the closest super market to buy some necessities.
After a minute ride the driver stops and asks us in very broken English if it was ok to drive by his house. He needed to pick up something. I was a bit shocked, but said ok. As I said it, all my alarm bells started ringing as I had no idea what to expect.
We drove a bit further and pull up to this cute little house, with his dog and son running around. The driver disappears into his house, but quickly comes back with two new umbrellas that he wanted us to have as it’s rain season here. I immediately feel very guilty for always being so skeptical towards people.
He then takes us on a road trip around Negombo. Shows us several neighborhoods and takes us to the largest super market there is. As we pass by several different churches he proudly states that here all religions live in harmony. From the outside we can see several people praying, all in their different ways.
Today we wake up to seeing that one of these churches were bombed.
At this moment we’ve been sat in the hotel room more or less the entire day. I wish I could be one of these people, that would just go and lay by the pool and shut it out, but I can’t. I feel so sorry for the people of this country and everyone who has been hurt or have lost someone. The people that I’ve met so far have been genuinely so nice and only wanting the best for you. It saddens me, that people think they have the right to ruin other people’s life’s just based on what they believe in, whether this is religion, or if a land belongs to them.
I was looking forward to exploring the country for the next couple of days, but unfortunately as it looks right now we will have to stay in the hotel. One of my dreams has always been to release turtles into the wild, so I will have to come back to this beautiful country one day.
As said, we have no access to social media, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram is all down. Hopefully WordPress will share this post to Facebook automatically so you will see it.
So I am currently 3 days into the 3 week’s tour of my boyfriend. Till now the tv provider has fallen out, the electricity of the tv broke, the cats threw up all over our carpet and I’ve yet to make my own food. Unless you call instant noodles, food. We are going good, real good.
Normally I don’t mind when he is going touring, as its normally for a short weekend, but this 3 weeks thing isn’t that much fun. I am a spoilt brat and am used to coming home to homemade food every night.
Luckily for me, I’ve still got Grumpy. He has been a very good fellow this week and been behaving on the lunge line. No more running like a loony tune which was quite the issue for a while. Tomorrow he will be receiving his first ever sports massage. It’s going to be quite interesting to see if he will mind someone touching his body in that way as he is not, for example, a very fan of brushing. We shall see!
I also wanted to update you guys on the new saddle pads from Horsegear called Belezza. I don’t think I’m the only one who’s been wanting the beautiful saddle pads of PS of Sweden and Equestrian Stockholm. Those saddle pads are so beautiful, but I just can’t find myself spending so much money on a pretty saddle pad. Now Horsegear has launched a straight up copy of the PS of Sweden ones. At 34.95,- I think we can all say that the price is a bit more friendly. Currently, they’re available in 5 colors over at Epplejeck. If you buy them now you even get 25% one item.
Today Grumpy has done what his owner really dislikes. He has been to the dentist.
Let’s just say that we are pretty similar in that department, neither me nor him likes the dentist very much.
As I mentioned the other day, this time I had gone for a real horse dentist, after I found out the last one isn’t really a real one. He can only clean a horses mouth, but not totally fix it.
After the dentist had checked Grumpy’s teeth, he decided that Grumpy needed sedation as he wouldn’t be able to fix the teeth without it.
The minute he saw the needle he tried to run away, but with 3 people we managed to hold him so that the dentist could set it. After that he quickly got slow so that we could get started.
When I bought Grumpy, he had a overbit. His top teeth went slightly over his down teeth. I must honestly say I had no idea this could impact his whole jaw and mouth. I was told by the vet that did the check up when I bought him that this would need to be fixed, but when I told the then said dentist, he said it was not needed so it was never dealt with. Most likely because he was not able to do it with an electric file which only real dentists are allowed to use and he knew it would take to much time with a non electrical one.
This overbit meant that Grumpy could not properly move his jaw. The minute the dentist fixed it, he could move it 4/5 cm further then before. For the rest he fixed some back teeth that will enable Grumpy to use his jaw a lot better then before which should have a great impact on our riding.
I’m actually quite embarrassed of myself as an owner. If I had known that this would have such an impact on him, I would have gone to a proper dentist a long time ago. But lesson learnt. From now on I will only go to dentists that are able to sedate and treat horses with an electric file, cause otherwise you are not able to totally fix everything.
It was funny to watch Grumpy afterwards. As he kept moving his jaw and feeling his teeth.
Most Monday’s I’m a bit of a grumpy mess, but today I felt so content and happy driving home from work. It’s so nice that it’s now lighter outside and we can start having a taste of warmer weather. I for one can’t wait to stop rugging Grumpy.
With this warmer weather and spring around the corner it’s time for Grumpy to have his spring check up:
Today: Grumpy got new shoes. The farrier gave us the compliment that his hooves has never been better, so that’s good news!
Monday Feb 24: Time for the yearly check up by the dentist. Last year we were still stabled at another stable at this point in time so we did the check up for his teeth there(one person came for all the horses). This year I’ve decided to call my vet who is also a dentist. I wasn’t aware that the person who did Grumpy’s teeth before actually isn’t a dentist, but a mouth carer(?). Meaning his teeth haven’t been properly done before. Grumpy really does not like the dentist, so going to be a fun ride.
Friday March 1st: With all the training we are doing at the moment and him becoming stronger, I wanted to see if there were other ways I could prevent soreness of his muscles. So a lady, specialized in massages will come by and give him a proper sport massage. I’ve never tried this before, but wanted to see if it would relax his body a little. Going to write a post about it when it’s been done.
Monday feb 4th: It’s great that Grumpy is growing muscles, but it also means the saddle is becoming tighter. So the saddle fitter is coming around to check the overall fit and see if it’s still laying well. At the moment I am noticing that Grumpy is slightly tense on his back right behind the saddle. So hopefully my saddle fitter can help with that.
Once that is all done, I’m going to be a very poor person. Haha. However I think that should be it for a while and we can enter spring and summer with a good feeling.
Does your horse get sport massages? Really interested in hearing other people’s experiences with it.
Today I wanted to tip you about a saddle pad that is great underneath mono saddles. For those that do not know what a mono saddle is: it’s a dressage saddle that has a single flap, to give you closer contact with the horses back. Having only a single flap means that it’s really hard to attach your saddle pads anywhere as the girthing system is set up differently.
Ever since I bought my new saddle, I’ve had some issues with that the saddle pads have been sliding when riding. At the beginning of the ride they lay ok, but in the end, they have a tendency to slide back because I didn’t know how to attach them.
Small disclaimer: Sliding of the saddle pad can be because of an ill-fitting saddle, so please keep this in mind if this is happening to you.
As most saddle pads have the standard system where you attach them to the girth leathers, I decided to go looking for one that would attach them to the D rings on top of the saddle instead. To my rescue came Le Mieux with their pro square cotton saddle pad. This one attaches the pad to the saddle with their straps on top of the saddle pad instead as you can see on the image below here.
I must say that I am super satisfied with these pads, and will probably only buy these moving forward as it was the only ones I could find with such a system. I bought mine with a 25% discount at Horze , making them 47 euro a piece. They are made out of thick cotton and come across very sturdy and of good quality. Best of all, they do not slide underneath my saddle.
I don’t think I’m the only who is loving the weather we are having right now.
13 degrees and sun instead of 0 degrees and rain. I can also notice on Grumpy that his body is less stiff when it’s a bit warmer.
Today I could finally have a lesson outside, which is not only good for him, but oh how lovely is it to have some fresh air?
For a while we’ve been a bit in a winter dip. I couldn’t find my grove when riding and he kept doing things so that he didn’t have to work, like running insanely fast when lunging or bucking in canter when riding. Today was the first time in a long time when it felt like he could handle it all again.
It reminded me how much I actually do love riding. I’m finally seeing an upwards line in our riding which feels really good.
Now, let’s just hope the spring has come here to stay. I’m not going back to 0 degrees!
Before we started this whole process and the rehabilitation, I thought we would go through with the procedure and just return to our original schedule without much change.
Very, very naive.
I don’t think I fully realized how much time and effort it would take to get Grumpy back to full health. Rehabilitating a horse isn’t done in a second and it’s not for lazy people. I quickly understood that you can’t keep doing what you’ve done, cause then you’ll always get what you’ve got and for Grumpy that is not going to work anymore.
We now work with a much more adapted schedule. We are up to 3/4 days of riding, 2 days of lunging and one day of ground work/fun times.
Grumpy is a very emotional horse and feeds off people’s energy. Me and my boyfriend always used to have this joke about Grumpy being extra grumpy on Mondays. While the truth was that I was grumpy and tired on Mondays and this would feed on to him. Therefore we now spend this day on doing something we both enjoy, ground work.
To others we might look really silly as we run around in the arena with carrots, but when I see him run around with his ears forward it makes it all worth it. We are slowly developing all the tricks at the same time as making his back stronger, but I’m going to check if I can find a trainer for the ground work as I really want to learn more about it. I’ve been seeing a lot of movies lately with people being able to do everything with their horses with a clicker which I find super impressive.
If you know a good ground work trainer in the Netherlands, please let me know. In the meanwhile we will spend our Mondays running around haha.
Bucas is launching a new product in their Recuptex /therapy line. For those that haven’t heard anything about this line, you can read about it HERE.
So what’s next in line?
A new saddle pad. This is meant to warm up the horse’s back quicker when starting to ride and make it slowly colder when your done. This will avoid the horse from getting back ache and stiffness.
The funny thing is, I can’t find any information about it other then THIS page on the Bucas site. I can’t find the price, not the launch date either. Maybe someone else has the info?
I do love my Recuptex rug and so does Grumpy, but I don’t know if this is something I really believe in. Won’t the back become to warm and sweaty? Will it affect the saddle? I don’t know if it’s far fetched, but leather and heat doesn’t go to well together. I guess we will have to wait and see.
They could have at least made the design a tiny bit more interesting. I know they are going a long the lines of the branding colors, but with all the other fancy saddle pads you have out there nowadays, I have a feeling most people won’t buy this.
Last year I managed to shave Grumpy while being sedated with a super tiny shaving machine. It took me 3 hours and when I finally was done I had only managed to do his neck and two stripes on his belly. He looked hilarious, but it did work.
The last few months I’ve seen several people on Facebook talk about a shaving machine that was really silent and only cost 10 euro on EBAY.
I personally have a tendency to buy more expensive products, because I like to think I’m buying quality. But considering this was only 10 euro, I figured I would buy it to check if the fuzz about it was real.
It does not come in a fancy box like its brother from Sectoline, but you do get all the parts you need besides oil. On a first glance it looks exactly like the one from Sectoline, but it is slightly lighter. Because it’s lighter it give off less shaking which again meant I could shave Grumpy without him freaking out. I haven’t tried shaving the whole him yet, but from trying it out it does work and people do say you can do a whole body with it if you give it a charge or two.
To be honest I’m quite surprised over the quality. If you are looking for a machine to shave the head or legs it’s a perfect little machine. You can buy it HERE.