Pebs, doesn’t really grasp the concept of standing still…
We survived! Even though I had no idea where the roads would take us… our designated hacking companion was a little bit too busy to join us so we ventured out by ourselves.
It’s a bit special riding an unfamiliar horse in unfamiliar terrain. You never really know what might pop up behind the next corner. Souri did good though and we had a fairly relaxed and nice hack of about an hour.
Today offered autumn weather at it’s best; full storm. But I’m not the kind of rider to bail on a hack out just because the weather isn’t to my liking so me and Pebban headed out.
And not to far from home we encountered some water puddles and Pebban sort of threw a little tantrum after I gently gave her a little squeeze with my legs to urge her on. Up with her head, waving it around and jumping out on the plowed fields while rearing and jumping…all the while the saddle slipped to the side and suddenly I was in the air. Pebban is not very high so not much time to ponder the situation before a piece of mud found its way into my eye and the fall was a fact.
Pebban stood like a light while I fixed the saddle and made sure to fasten the girth a little tighter. Then back in the saddle for a lovely relaxed ride through the forest.
Pebban is growing on me by the day. She’s such a quiet and pleasantly enthusiastic little horse.
Today we headed out to the sand track again. She was like a little locomotive in the trott, tugging very soft and gently on the bit wanting to run a little faster but listening very well when I gathered her up. We took a little gallop up the hill and then we explored the surroundings a bit.
The weather was really strange. Quite warm and humid and Pebban soon got rather sweaty (as did I) even though we took it easy and didn’t trott more than usual.
One hour in the saddle and a 20 minute walk next to a very pleased horse.
My alarm went off at 04:35 this morning and I arrived at the stable at 5:38.
Shortly there after Cariño was on the trailer and we were on our way. A two hour drive to Hästkliniken in Sigtuna.
Since the MRI was to be done under quite heavy sedatives we left Cariño in the capable hands of the veterinarians and their assistants.
Best case it would take two hours so we headed out for a drive to the shopping centre close by and (what do you know…) a big equestrian sports shop!
We killed some time at Börjes before heading back to the clinic where a rather wobbly and groggy Cariño soon appeared for us to pamper with.
He got an IV attached to his neck to help sobering him up again and an extra blanket because he started shivering from getting cold as the sedatives wore off.
After the IV, a nice big bucket of mash and some hay the veterinarian checked his temperature and sent us on home. Now all we can do is wait and see: the result is expected to take about two weeks. I guess both horse and humans needs to be patient but it’s hard when you want the result now, now, NOW! Yes. Patience.
My muscles were crying after that beam and jumping session with Souri this morning but that’s life. On to the next stable and the next horse to make sure that Pebbles got her share of excercise.
She’s such a sweet little horse! A bit on her toes today as it was quite windy but no funny business or any ideas about who was in charge. We took the forest round, which is basically a trail through the forest and then a ride on the asphalt and dirt roads, takes about an hour to complete.
We found some good patches to trott on and a nice little piece of ground to try her gallop for just a few paces. I think she enjoyed that just as much as I did! At this stage focus is on riding her in walk and trott with only short bits of gallop now and again. We need to build her up gradually (like with every horse who’s recovered from an injury) and the best way to do so is nice long walk outs on various surfaces. The trott helps build her stamina but the walk lays the foundation to a healthy happy horse.
Man, did I have an interesting morning, haha. After breakfast I headed out to Gällersta where I met up with Lina for another jumping session in the manege. I warmed Souri up and then started working him over some beams (gallop-beams may be my kryptonite, at least if you ask my poor muscles!) before Lina got in the saddle to work him over some fences.
Then it was my turn to jump an oxer and that looked like this:
I will spare you the video fotage of this specific jump. It was all me, obviously. I’m just happy that I managed to stay in the saddle and actually clear a few jumps in a decent manner once I figured out how to pilot Souri in the best manner. It’s always a bit tricky in the beginning when you don’t know the horse or the best way to ride it. We’ll get there though.
Today I was made quite aware of just how big of a difference it is to walk a 1.60 meter high warmblood compared to taking walks with a 94 centimeter high pony.
While Dessi walks. fairly fast for her size I suppose, Linus powerwalks and so does the humans walking alongside him, whether they like it or not.
It seemed only fair that Linus got a walk after Dessi had her excercise of the day. Altough it was a bit chilly both Jenny and myself was soon warmer than pleasant in this climate. You don’t want to unzip your coat and let the biting cold air in but at the same time you’re getting warmer and warmer… the joys of winter.
I guess it’s fair to say that Dessi is progressing very nicely as a riding pony. No fuss, no objections – she just does as she’s used to; goes along with the humans.
… pretty much. Souri makes me work in a different way than Cariño. Of course we don’t know one another yet and Lina keeps telling me that it’ll get easier once I find the right buttons. Today jumping was on the schedule, yay.
My breathing was a little better this time around, compared to Wednesday’s riding – it’s getting better and better! And considering the sore muscles after Wednesday and the soreness I’ll feel after today’s riding will only make me stronger.
Unfortunately my camera did not agree with the light in the manege so most photos turned out blurry.
If the car surprised me by starting right away yesterday today offered a puzzling hour of trying to figure out why it wouldn’t start. It wasn’t particularly cold, the start-gas we tried did nothing so eventually we decided to charge the battery and wait a while. When dad was about to measure if the ignition was working properly the car decided to start and that was that. An hour delayed I finally made it to the stable where clipping Souri was the first task of the day.
I think we horsenerds probably see the difference clearly (while the untrained eye might just see a horse…). My part of it all was actually just to keep Lina company, brush off the clipped off fur and distract Souri when it was time for clipping close to the head/the sides of his head.
This one is quite hilarious – and unfortunately most accurate in a lot of cases – thank you Evention Tv!
A clear blue sky and bright sunshine with patches of the first snow still covering the ground offered a perfect day for a photo shot.
Pebban is really the definition of a sweet horse.