I think someone has swapped my horse for a new one!

Oh My GOD!!

Something is going on and it’s something really good! It is such a long time ago I felt happy like this – and gosh it’s a nice feeling! I almost don’t believe it – I am going to embrace it and hold on to it for as long as I can.

It’s something which is really hard for me! When I’m out teaching I’m comfortable, confident and trust myself – but take that environment away from me and I want to just go and hide!

Writing it here, makes it even more real! And that’s fine!

We all deserve to be happy and enjoy what we do and who we are and also the feelings we are experiencing, they’re all welcomed, even if they’re positive! ( I’m convinced you all think I’m nuts at this point! But honest to God – positivity is something I don’t often let in – it is a working progress! )

So anyway! My horse has been on the Calming Powder for about 5 days now and then I give her a cookie before riding and it’s like someone has gone and swapped my horse out for a new one! It is absolutely amazing the difference in her. I am over the moon!

Later today my vlog will hopefully be out – so excited can’t wait to share it with you!

Take Care

Ancha XO

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All alone

This one..has left me, for two days! She’s away to the Nationals to watch her niece compete, Let’s wish her good luck🌟😍

The Vlog about the booband is out, you can check it out here : Booband Vlog

Have you been curious about it or maybe even tried it? What did you think??

Had a bath with this, not sure if it makes much of a difference or not?

Found some old photos aswel, but cannot for the life of me find them on my computer… think I must’ve used someone else’s so sadly only have it with my watermark on.

I would love a photoshoot myself soon. It will be hard for me, being on the other side of the camera, even though the vlogging in many ways are helping me accepting ME and how I look, I still find it hard sometimes. Some days are worse than others. But it’s all part of the journey.

Take Care

Best Wishes

Ancha XO

Cortari; My brightest shining star and biggest heartache

Before I have even started writing this blogpost, I am in tears. I can’t help it. Time is not going to make it any better. I will always miss this horse. She was my everything, my biggest dream.

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This is the first picture I was sent of my dream girl.

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So tiny, beautiful, sweet and lovely!
(Getting this far in this post has taken me about an hour and a lot of tears. However, her story deserves to be told.)
So here we go…

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This is Cortari, my special girl, we were such a team.
I have never seen anything so spirited and beautiful. She was just so full of life.

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She was bred to jump, by Cortus / Cortez, and her mother was from a famous dam line in Sweden. Her mother competed to a good level in show jumping. Cortari definitly looked the part!

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She was so aware of everything and she knew what she wanted. Temperamental, determined, cocky, confident, cheeky and playful; she was a livewire destined for great things.

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She had a soft side she would fall asleep in my arms. So trusting.

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Then disaster struck.
Cortari was playing with her friends in the field when she was about 1 year old. It ws a lovely quiet summer day with nothing unusual but when she came in her fetlock was turned under and she could not fully extend it. So we went to the vet.
We lived in the north of Sweden and the vets don’t see so much. They insisted on xraying her knee even though I kept saying they must xray the fetlock and arguing so much for it. I wanted to be able to get anothers opinion from the vets down south if these guys could not help. They refused.

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We left the vets with a filly who would not go anywhere near a trailer with no answers and only pain.

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They adviced a special shoe and that we walked her on hard ground as much as we could. We followed this advice but it kept on getting worse. We wanted to take her to another vet clinic but she refused to go in the trailer. We tried everything we knew and nothing worked, we had no help from specialist as we were so far away. This was breaking my heart. Watching my filly who had so much life and joy feeling more and more pain was so hard. Painkillers made no difference, nor the special shoe adviced.

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She just kept on getting worse. We kept trying to load her but would she know be strong enough to stand for 4 hours to the other vet. Was it already to late?
She still had spirit.
But I was losing hope.
Sadly I was right, though I did not know it at this point.

She used to fall asleep in my arms, she had always done it. She was so trusting but now it was like she couldn’t find peace. She couldn’t find a place without pain to relax.
A called a lady who did something called The Horstmann technique.
As the treatment finished, she did it one last time.
She fell asleep in my arms.

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I of course didn’t know it would be the last time, but it was.

I had to move abroad to work, the plan was she was ment to come to me- she never came.

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One of the top vet/farrier came to hold a clinic and we begged him to look at Cortari.
He was horrified and wanted to teach all his delegates what to do if they came across this injury. If it had been treated correctly with a shoe opposite to the one my vet had prescribed it is totally treatable with a 100% recovery rate.
Cortari now had 1% chance of recovery due to the incorrect treatment and it all being to slow to get sorted.
Normally this vet would not try to treat this at this point, but agreed to give it a go.

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If you look at these pictures you can see the positioning of the fetlock, this is how bad it had become.

We tried hard but the treatment didn’t work. No matter how much I wished for her to be in the 1%. It was simply too late.
So I want to say this; Trust your gut instinct and fight for your horse!
Don’t trust anyone just because they are the supposed experts. Ask around. Get other opinions.
These vets killed my horse, I will never forgive them.
Or forget her – My angel.

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I wasn’t home, when she left us, I don’t think i could’ve actually, it was to painful, to sad.

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This has been such a hard post to write, finding all pictures, putting this together, writing about her, brought her back to life for a moment.

I have enjoyed my time with her again, but now I need to stop.
I will always love her, she has a place in my heart that can never be taken.

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My biggest love

Ancha XO

Q&A time! Get your questions in! Can be anything equestrian, or not?🤔🤗

So, I am doing a Q&A you can ask your questions anonymously

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Or drop your questions down below! I will be answering tomorrow(monday) not decided if I’m going live, or just prerecord it, let me know what you’d like 🤗

Happy asking 😘

Take Care

Best Wishes

Ancha XO

Busy but calm day, how does that even go together?

Well, it kinda does, and doesn’t. We have had something to do all day, but not having to rush! Heather has had two lessons, plus teaching me, then she rode two horses and so did I and we were still done by around 5.30.

We all btw, deserve to be diamond girls! Saw this filter on snapchat and thought yeah, that’s right!

So I rode my “little” princess first and Heather taught me. We did some long low warmup and she was going really sweetly. Then we did some transitions within the pace to bring her more through and working more from the back up to the hand and it also helps for making her come more on her hind legs carrying the weight. We then did some travers with the collection’s to show her she can stay supple and soft and come short without tension creeping up, this really helped so when I then did them straight, she stayed much more relaxed, but still working her hindend! We then did what we call a jigjog(basically a mix between a tiny trot and half steps-piaffe) to make her quicker off the leg and then finished by working a little bit towards her flying changes 😊

Then I took Bertie for a little run. He was a bit blocky, but we worked a lot of transitions and also reinback which really helps him supple up his back, which makes him connect to the hand nicer and softer.

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I am btw, LOVING this greenery! 😍 summer is absolutely soooo welcome now! Mud, please go away!

Anyways, I’m very happy with today, feels like a fulfilled day without any stress 👌

I will now start editing my Vlog, which will be uploaded to my YouTube channel as soon as it is done, and to my Facebook page tomorrow evening ! 🤗

Oh and also! Will be doing an Q&A soon, so get in your thinking box about what you’d like to ask me, could be anything! Horse related, not horse related, about my past, favourite breeds, questions about my horse, hobbies, well yeah, literally, anything at all!

Take Care

Best Wishes

Ancha XO

Motivational Rider – How do we keep the training interesting?

Well, seeing how it is wednesday, that means I share a motivational quote on my facebook and instagram page. Today I shared this picture;

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This is a photo of my old horse Nebrijano – which now lives in Sweden with a lovely lady having a fantastic life!

I think – we need to be motivational when we ride. We need to keep our horses intrigued & interested in what we are asking of them.
Just like when I teach people, I need to keep them wanting to all the time seek more knowledge, further their horizons.

But the question then is – how do we do this?

I think this is a very wide and difficult subject but I will try to share with you some of the things I do.

Firstly, if your horse is safe to hack out on – that is a great way to split up the training, they get to see the world, take in their surroundings. I find this is a great way to keep horses heads focused, because they take in so much information about the “outside world”.
Another thing you can do to change up your training(this is if you’re a dressage rider) is to do some polework or jumping. It doesn’t have to be very complicated, or big jumps. It only needs to be a few poles, or a little jump – this will also break the pattern and make the horse use it’s brain in a different way. If you are scared of jumping, or if you feel that you don’t want to ride over poles or jumps, there is always the alternative which is lunging over poles/cavaletties instead.

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Or why not combine the two?

In your regular training though, I still think there are things we can do to help maintaining our horses focus and motivation to their work.
I find that if we are good about rewarding our horses work – this keeps them happier and I also find it creates a better understanding for what we like and not like quite so much.
Another thing I do is to give them lots of mini breaks where they’re allowed to stretch and relax, recover and chill their brains. When I feel that they’re swinging forwards positively I pick them back up again and go for a while longer.
Does your horse have a favourite thing to do?? This is an excellent way to maintain the feeling of a happy athlete! Reward your horse, or let him/her have a mini break in the schooling session, by doing what they enjoy. Now this is very individual – my last horse, Nebrijano, he loved extended trot, so when we had specially done something he found hard, then we would always let him go and have a little play at an extension, he would always prick his ears in joy!
My current horse likes when you stand up in a jumping position, slightly lengthening your reins and let her canter on forwards, she always has a little shake on her head and a few bounces to let you know she appreciates the reward, or shall we call it – playtime?
What do you think?

Some horses are also very sensitive to your voice, so using words in your rewarding can also be a really good tool. When I go “Aaaawh she’s such a good girl” my horse always sparkles up, points her ears, and it feels like, she’s smiling.

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Here is me on a newly backed 3 year old – i must say, I look very happy and he looks very relaxed, just like it should be in a moment of reward!

I hope you have enjoyed this blogpost, I would love to hear your opinions, do you agree – or not? Would you consider yourself to be a motivational rider? Are there things you would like to improve on?

Happy training everyone !

Take Care

Best Wishes
Ancha XO

What we use and how we work our stables/bedding

Monday morning! On instagran later you will be able to see my Monday motivation @Takethereinsequestriantraining go and give it a follow 😊

Anyway, today I am going to show you what type of bedding we use and how we have decided to do our beds.

So we use Verdo european pellets as a “base” where the horses have their wet patches. Then we use sundown yellow(rapestraw) as a bank and to make the beds fluffier and cleaner looking.

This mix seem to work really well for us. We use about one bag of each per horse per week. But got to be said, our boxes are VERY large.

We do not water our pellets, as we have noticed for how we use them, it is more efficient and less usage if we leave them dry.

We do not use haynets, so our picky horses sometimes leave and spread hay about, but because of the bedding we use, we just mix it in and it works very well!

We muck out with a skip and take out wet patches with a hayfork(forgot to photograph that one, whopsie)

Then we straighten the bed with a rake. We always sweep our beds back. We also skip them out twice a day after the big muck out in the morning.

We have buckets for the water which we clean out and change every morning and top up in the afternoon.

We have a little bank in the back only, if we have a horse that rolls a lot or has a backround with getting cast we will also have banks round the sides. We want it to look nice, and work well, but also be time efficient! So I would say our beds are very functional, but not beautiful as some can be. They are safe, solid, soft and dry! I like them anyway!

Would love to hear about how you work your beds!

Take Care

Best Wishes

Ancha XO