Fordson is now barefoot!

Like the title reads, I took away Fordsons iron shoes. There’s SO many reasons to have a horse barefoot, I wont go into that unless someone asks me to. (It’s pretty easy to google your way to information about that aswell!)

Anyway. He’s doing great! Recently we reached the part of his hoof where the nails went in, so the walls started breaking off a little on the sides where the wholes after the nails are. He’s not hurting or anything, but I wanted to take the safe route and decided to let him wear boots while riding.

Barefoot boots.. Oh my god, what a jungle! There’s SO many different brands and the sizing seem to differ for each model. I lucked out buying a used pair of renegade boots, that actually fit his front hoovs pretty well! He seems to like them a lot.
And before winter comes, I’m gonna make sure to have 4 fitting, dubbed boots that he can wear when we ride/drive on slippery roads.

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Aren’t they fancy looking?

Bigger meadow~

So, we’re building our loose housing meadow after a principle called Paddock Paradise.

If you never heard the term, you can read and see some pictures about it here.

Here’s a picture from when we worked on the lower part of the meadow this week. As I’m writing this, they’re out there enjoying it.

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Who needs a stable?

Untill the stable is ready (there’s still a LOT to do before it’s ready), we have to stand outside to take care of our horses.

It’s actually really nice. The horses seem to love it aswell!

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I’m still alive

As the title reads, yes, I am in fact still alive.
A lot has happend. Since I rented out my house to Lina and her family, we have started the progress to turning it into a horsefarm!

There’s so much to do! We started a facebookpage in case anyone want more regular updates, but I’ll post here aswell from time to time. I’ve just been so busy lately that I pretty much forgot that I had a blog. 😉

Last weekend, we moved the horses there! It’s Fordson, Balk and Clooney. Balk is Lina’s horse and Clooney belongs to my dear friend Linnea. Since Fordson knew them both since before it’s been very easy to put them back together, C and B also get along great. I’m so happy to know that they have eachother.

Just 2 days ago, my friend Emmelie also bought a horse! A warmblooded trotter called Boyen. So now, there’s four horses there that all get along great. It couldn’t get to a better start!

 

Here’s two pictures that Linnea took.

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Boyen (Big Boy Laday)

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The three best friends (Balk, Fordson and Clooney)

Mud everywhere…

The snow finally started melting away, spring is incoming!

The bad part about that is all the mud though… The meadow and the paddock are just pools of watery mud, it’s terrible!

So that means it’s quite a challenge to find activities that is fun for both the horse and yourself. Oh, and it can’t involve more than a slow trot since it’s also slippery as hell.

The solution? Trail! I put up a little trail-course (in Swedish we call it Bruksridning), and we had some fun today.

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I know I’m probably biased.. But isn’t be beautiful?

Lovely visitors!

My sister was here over Easter, she lives in Stockholm so we don’t see each other very often. She brought her two kids and visited me at the stables! Neither of them had met Fordson before, so it was really nice that they came to see him.

Here are some pictures from the visit!

Aren’t they cute? Their names are Lorenzo and Leona.

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Preparing for a clinic

But not just any clinic…

Two times a year, me and a handful of geeky friends arrange a clinic with Monika Sanders. Her own words: ”I am a licensed Bent Branderup® trainer in the Academic Art of Riding and passionate guide of the Spirit and Mind connection between horse and human.”

She’s my biggest inspiration when it comes to riding and horse communication. If you ever get the chance to see her in action – take it. For me and many others, it was a life changing experience to start riding for her.

The first clinic this year is happening next weekend, so this week I’m gonna bake 4-5 different cakes and prepare a sandwich grill so people won’t go hungry. We do serve lunch as well but that’s not my responsibility.

I look forward to it so much! I’m nervous since it’s always a lot of things that could go wrong though. Loading, driving, remembering everything, making sure Fordson doesn’t break out of his box/meadow etc etc. Fordson is the kind of horse who can’t be left alone in the meadow, he’ll break through and come running after his friends. Luckily Lina and Balk will be there! Since Fordson and Balk loves each other (check the post below this), we’ll just keep them together in a meadow so they wont have to be alone. The only annoying part will be when Lina is gonna have lessons with Balk, then I gotta bring Fordson into the arena too just so he won’t be left behind.

Fordson is gonna have to stand still and wait for 30 minutes, 3 times that weekend.

Fordson is not the kind of horse that likes to just stand around and wait. He finds his own things to do.

This will be interesting… At least the audience will have a few laughs.

Here are some pictures from the last clinic, August 2015. Maybe I managed to capture a little of the magical feelings we always have!

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Long Reining

I’m so happy right now! Today, I took Fordson into the paddock and did some long reining for about 40 minutes.

He did SO well! First of all, I did it bitless. I was a little scared he’d ignore my commands but he listened better than ever.

It’s so rare to have a training session where he listens and stays 100% focused the ENTIRE TIME! He never went against my aids, he never questioned me, he never got bored!

It’s such a great feeling, it felt like I was floating around on a cloud and I just couldn’t praise him enough. He’s really the most amazing horse I ever worked with.

I can never say this enough but I’m just so lucky to have found a horse like him.

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An amazing drawing of Fordson by friend Ellinor Levin