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I know this is something different to what I normally share on my blog, but I thought it was about time to add a new feature and expand the blog to include interviews with people who I think have interesting stories to tell! Tinja is a gem of a girl, whose positive attitude and love of horses inspires me and I'm so lucky to class her as a friend of mine! Tinja and I have been talking ever since last summer when I stayed at my brother's yard in Germany for 6 weeks whilst we waited for the sale of our house over here to be completed and I thought it would be a great feature to shed some light on the work she is doing. So I thought I’d catch up with her and find out more about what it's like being an international competition groom and share it with you guys! ⬇️
Tinja and Rossi after the GP Special class which Henri and Rossi won 🏆
Q: Tell us all about yourself and how you ended up working for Henri as a groom?
"I'm Tinja, I'm 25 year old and originally from Turku, in Finland. I've been working at various stables for about 10 years. I came from Finland to Krefeld in Germany thanks to being inspired by a friend, and after a year I ended up moving to come work for Henri at Gut Bertingloh."
Q: How do you prepare for a long trip with a horse which includes the horse having to fly?
"For a long journey to a competition that we have to fly to, I prepare pretty much the same way as for any other competition. However, there are a few things you need to bring with you in the plane that you don't need when the horse isn't flying. For example, things such as a brush, a rug and boots for the horse, a bucket as well as a spare head collar and lead rope! They must be packed in case the tack locker is delayed in arriving at the competition site. For the flight it's also good to pack a large hay net and mash for the horse."

Q: Do you have any top bits of kit, or things you couldn’t cope without at a competition?
"The saddle and the bridle 🙈 The grooming kit has to contain all the care products well as everything you need for plaiting the horses!"
Q: What is your daily routine like at a competition?
"At competitions I always go to the stables first thing in the morning normally at 6am to feed the horse/horses and change their waters. Either I muck out the stables whilst the horses eat, or then I have my own breakfast whilst the horses are eating and then I muck out the stables. After mucking out, I groom the horses and then go hand walk them for 20-30 minutes per horse. Once the horse is walked, I put on the massage rug. Of course this varies depending on the program of the day, but normally I feed the horses again at around 11.30am, and often I hand walk them a the second time after they've eaten. When the Henri wants to ride, I get the horse ready, and whilst I'm grooming I use the magnetic rug again. The horses given their evening feeds at 4.30pm and during this time I muck out the stable for the second time and then get the horses ready for the night (e.g put on night bandages). I go back to do a final check between 9-10pm, where I check their waters and give a little more hay. However, much of this depends on what is the program of the day in terms of riding and other events, but I always try to get the horse out of the stable for three times a day and try to feed them at a quiet time so they get the peace to rest properly too."

Q: What is the routine like on the actual day of the competition?
"On the actual day of the competition, the routine is pretty much the same as any other day but obviously it includes getting the competition tack ready and preparing the horse which takes more time. Earlier on in the day, I stitch the number onto the saddle pad, I make sure that the bridle is exceptionally clean and I get all the stuff I need later on together and sorted. Most often I want to plait the horse ready with plenty of time to spare, after which I walk them a few rounds around the stable areas and then put them back in the stable to give them a moment to rest before the rider arrives. After the test, I untack and groom the horse and put all the stuff I've used back in their place. After this, the day continues normally like any other day."
Q: What has been the best competition experience so far? And the worst, why?
"Hmm, it's difficult to choose! Maybe it wasn't the best experience, but competitions at places like Tryon and Doha are places that I would never get to go to otherwise! 🙈 Doha was a very well organised show and I got so much out of this experience, so that's probably been the best competition experience so far. And I made so many new friends there who I'm going to miss! If I had to chose a worst then probably the competition at Le Mans, there's always been really bad weather there 😅"

Q: Which do you prefer - the big competitions far away where have to fly to (like the competition at Doha) or smaller competitions closer to home?
"Both have their own good and bad parts, but I would say that any competition is still a competition so I always enjoy them!"
The competition indoor arena at the CHI 5* Al Shaqab in Doha
Q: When you get back home, how do you get back to normal? What does a horse do (eg walking / turn out / aqua trainer)?
"When we come back from a competition, the horse has a few easier days. Walking for the first days and then usually for a couple of days after that it's just light riding until they feel back to normal. For myself, I empty the tack locker, do the laundry, etc. and clean and wash the lorry."

Q: What are the best and worst parts of going to competitions?
"The best thing about competitions is when the horse is feeling well and is happy, as well as of course when the rider and horse do well in their tests! Another definite highlight about going to competitions is when you make new friends on these trips. I don't think there is a worst part, because I always enjoy the competition as long as the horse I'm looking after feels good!"
Tinja at the WEG 2018 in Tryon
A massive thank you to Tinja for doing this interview, it's been fun to find out more about how they prep for competitions and what the day to day routine is! Let me know what you thought and if you'd like more of these interview blog posts! 
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As the spring/summer competition season starts to get closer and closer, I've been working on several exercises to polish up to the look of our tests and to make sure we get the best possible marks. As halt to trot transitions are asked for at the beginning of most dressage tests, it's the first movement to get marked and you really want to make a good first impression to the judge! If you ride a good halt which is followed by a smooth and straight transition into trot, you set yourself up to get good marks in the rest of the test. And even if you're not competing, halt to trot transitions are useful as a riding exercise to make your horse sharper to your leg aids and to encourage them to step underneath more! 
When I start riding direct halt to trot transitions, I find it very helpful to position my horses along the fence line rather than on the centre line as this makes it easier for me to keep them straight during the halt and the transition to trot. Apply both legs on the girth with a small squeeze to ask your horse to move directly into trot - at first you might have to use a sharper kick or a tap with your whip if you don’t get a reaction, but remember to praise lots when the horse does what you want. Positive praise gets you quicker results that negativity! ❤️ Obviously the strength of the leg aid depends on the horse - a sharp horse will need less leg than a lazy one, but after training this exercise your horse should move into trot from the smallest of aids 💪🏻

To help you to effectively train your horse to get it right as quickly as possible remember to ease your hand slightly forwards to allow the horse to also move forwards. I don’t worry too much if they lose the frame during the transition because this is easily fixed once you're in trot. For me the most important thing when training these is for the horse to move directly forwards from the leg aid straight into trot. NOTE: don't scare your horse into trot from a sleepy halt. If your downward transition was good, your horse should remain attentive and be waiting for the next aid. If the downward transition wasn't good, I just walk around and try again! 
Obviously not on the center line, but I like to train these all over the arena!
When you and your horse are confident and consistency getting good transitions to trot on the fence line, then ride the transition on the centre line. The most important consideration here is the straightness of both the halt and the transition to trot. If your horse is likely to wobble into halt or during the transition to trot, try placing two poles parallel to each other around the centre line.  This gives you a guide to where to ride the halt and makes it easier for the horse to remain straight! It's made a massive difference in Erik's halts. He's not one for standing straight and still for too long, but with the poles it means he doesn't wobble too much and then during the transitions upwards to trot he also goes straight! ⬆️
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Roosa's Horsey Life by Roosa's Horsey Life - 1w ago
Kun minut valittiin Blogiexpo19 'Pinnalla palkinon' ehdokkaaksi tänä vuonna, ajattelin että olisi oikea aika kertoa suomeksi blogini taustalla oleva tarina siitä, miten blogini syntyi vuonna 2013 ja mitkä asiat heppahullussa elämässäni johtivat tähän... Tämä tulee olemaan pitkä tarina, joten ota kuppi kahvia ja tee olosi mukavaksi! ☕️🛋
Koska isoveljeni Henri on kilparatsastaja ja hevosalan ammattilainen ja äitini on ollut hevosten kanssa tekemisissä pienestä pitäen, ei ollut mahdollisuutta että en olisi kasvanut heppahulluksi tytöksi. Yläasteella West Sussexissa olin kiinnostunut netballista, mutta sekin loppui heti kun oma poni tuli! Eli siis perheeni vahva hevostausta aloitti kiinnostukseni ja rakkauteni hevosiin kun olin ihan pieni lapsi.

Olin 7v kun muutto Englantiin tapahtui, eli olin käynyt ensimmäisen vuoden ala-astetta Suomessa ennen kun muuttimme Readingiin 🇬🇧✈️ Kuten saatat arvata, en puhunut englantia tässä vaiheessa. Itse asiassa en puhunut sanaakaan englantia koulussa ensimmäisen 6 kuukauden aikana! Minun opettajillani oli ihan varmasti vaikeaa kanssani, kun he yrittivät opettaa minulle kieltä. Jep, ei se lapsillekaan ole helppoa vaikka usein sanotaan, että opit uusia kieliä nopeimmin kun olet lapsi. Muistan vieläkin kuinka pelottavaa oli kävellä luokkahuoneeseen ensimmäisenä päivänä tietäen että en pysty puhumaan heidän kanssaan! Ehkäpä tämä kokemus aiheutti sen, miksi aloin pitämään blogiani Englanniksi. Halusin muiden oppivan kieltä helpommin kuin miten minä opin. En saanut alussa luettavakseni kirjoja, jotka olisivat kiinnostaneet minua henkilökohtaisesti. Uskon vilpittömästi, että jos minulle olisi annettu hevosaiheista luettavaa, olisin oppinut kielen huomattavasti nopeammin!

Heppateema minun elämässäni vahvistui kun olin 12-vuotias ja unelmani toteutuivat, kun ihanat vanhempani ostivat minulle ensimmäisen ponini. Briggsen oli erittäin lahjakas poni, mutta ei kyllä ollut helpoimmista ratsastaa! Briggsen opetti minulle paljon hevosista ja ratsastuksesta, lähinnä  sen että aina pitää yrittää uudestaan vaikka olisi kuinka monta kertaa pudonnut. Minun kykyni pysyä hevosen kyydissä riippumatta siitä mitä liikkeitä ne päättävät tehdä, johtuu täysin ponistani joka opetti minulle kuinka pysyä kyydissä, sen jälkeen kun olin jo pudonnut luultavasti satoja kertoja. Hän todella aloitti matkani hevoselämään ja olen ikuisesti kiitollinen siitä, että minulla oli tämä pikkuponi elämässäni. ❤️ Ponin jälkeen elämääni tuli Basse, kuka on vieläkin minun kanssa 15 vuotta myöhemmin! Heppa-tiimini on laajentunut vuosien aikana: Vallu ja Erkki (äidin virheostokset! 🙈) takaavat että aiheet blogiini eivät koskaan lopu.
Kun olin käynyt ala- ja ylä -asteen Englannissa, muutimme takaisin Suomeen vuonna 2010. Oli kauhean vaikea lähteä pois maasta, missä kaikki kaverini olivat ja jonne olin jo kerinnyt juurtua. No, onneksi oli koulu mikä vei 80% ajastani eli elämässäni olivat vain lukio ja hevoset! Tässä vaiheessa sain Vallun ja aloin itse lukemaan paljon blogeja - ei pelkästään heppablogeja vaan ihan kaikenlaisia. Tykästyin ihan hirveästi blogien lukemiseen mutta en vielä uskaltanut aloittaa kirjoittamaan omaani. Kun olin suorittanut IB-tutkinnon Helsingin Suomalaisessa Yhteiskoulussa vuonna 2012 ja viettänyt välivuoteni Saksassa töissä Henrin luona, tulin takaisin kotiin Suomeen. Olin oppinut valtavasti uusia asioita ratsastukseen ja hevostenhoitoon liittyen sinä aikana, joten ajattelin ottaa hypyn tuntemattomaan ja aloittaa blogin kirjoittamisen tammikuussa 2013. Se oli ensimmäinen kerta koskaan sen jälkeen, kun aloin ratsastamaan että tunsin minulla olevan jotakin kiinnostavaa kerrottavaa ja annettavaa. En todellakaan silloin tiennyt, että tulisin bloggaamaan vielä kuusi vuotta myöhemminkin!

Syyskuussa 2013 muutiin Nottinghamiin opiskelemaan kandin tutkintoa (pääaineenani poliitiikka) Nottinghamin yliopistossa. Olen hyvin kiitollinen vanhemmilleni, että sain mahdollisuuden ottaa Vallun mukaan! Tänä aikana jäin koukkuun bloggaamiseen! Oli ihana kirjoittaa ja kertoa elämästäni, treenamisesta Vallun kanssa ja kaikesta mitä tapahtui. Blogini oli kuin päiväkirja, jonka halusin jakaa perheeni ja ystävieni kanssa Suomessa, jotta he pysyivät perillä siitä mitä kaikkea puuhasin. Kolmen vuoden kovan työn jälkeen (entistä enemmän esseitä yliopistossa ja treeniä Vallun kanssa) onnistuin suorittamaan tutkinnon kesäkuussa 2016.  Tämän jälkeen minut hyväksyttiin jatkamaan opintojani Helsingin yliopistossa ja taas tulin takaisin Suomeen! 🇫🇮💙  Siellä tein poliitiikan maisterin tutkinnon ja valmistuin kesäkuussa 2018. 🎓 Heinäkuussa 2018 muutimme Englantiin ja tällä kertaa Wiltshireen,  jota emme entuudestaan tunteneet. Tämä paikka tuntuu jo kodilta ja toivon, että minun ei tarvitse muuttaa moneen vuoteen!
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Well hello there Le Mieux, WELCOME BACK!! 👋🏻 After several disappointing seasons of collections from Horsehealth's Le Mieux (so much so that I didn't even include them in my Trends To Watch Out For series last autumn), I am utterly in love with this new SS19 collection 🌸🍑They've created such beautiful springy pastel colours - there is a stunning lavender which suits every horse and a lovely soft peachy orange that even an orange hater like myself would quite happily buy. And for those of you who like having matching ears/fly hoods to complete the sets, Le Mieux has your back and has created them in both colours 👏🏻
Although I stopped using Le Mieux saddle pads several years ago when they rubbed Vallu behind the saddle, over the last year or so I've only heard good things about their newer pads. My mum also owns several of the newer sets and as they've never rubbed her horse I thought I should finally give them another go! It was the binding of the pads that rubbed Vallu all those years ago, but with this new "super soft suede binding" this problem won't come back.

I've also decided to give them another go because apparently they've changed the design and materials slightly and because I adore the new lavender colour. 🦄 It's a perfect pinky-purple colour and I really like the shape and cut of the LM pads - you can't deny the fact that they are designed very well, with its high wither cut, elasticated D-ring tabs (these are perfect in my opinion) and their signature girth protection area which where the pads always start to fade away and bobble first!
Le Mieux have also over the years been bringing out more and more rider clothing. They started with breeches and have now spread to matching shirts, hoodies and gilets for their new collections. This SS19 collection has matching polo shirts as well as hoodies which I personally think is great, I'm glad that other brands are taking a risk and spreading into rider wear, it's really nice to see different designs out in the market! These polo shirts look really soft and comfortable with a nice contrasting inner collar with a three-button placket. I'm also loving the grey gilet with lavender details, this might come home to me too. The whole look of the riding outfit below is stylish and smart! 👌🏻⤵️
What do you think of this collection? Do you like it? 💜
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