Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Let the Fun Begin

After  6 weeks of healing I started to ride Milva again yesterday.
My plan is to ride her every second day and play on the ground with her every other day - when I´m at home anyway. The days I´m in Halmstad she is gonna have time off.
When riding we are playing with lateral flexion, stretching, follow the trail, figure 8s, sideways - bridleless.
On the ground we play with travelling cirlces in trot and canter with change of direction and flying lead changes, lots of active stretching and bending to build up strength and balance again.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Still Winter....

I´m not complaining though...still not tired of the snow...
Milva´s wound looks pretty good now. It´s not healed completly yet but we are almost there.
I took her for lots of small walks over the week and yesterday we started to play with a plan again.
I have quit my Parelli Gold membership and I have to admit that I almost quit Parelli all together. The only reason I did not do it is because we are so close to film our level 4 online and liberty audition and of course because I´m a LBI myself I want to finish things I have started.
The german Trakehner Verbund uploaded a picture of Milva and me on their FB page :)) - yeah!!! So among all the competition pictures there are Milva and me.
For a personal reminder: farrier was here this week and Milva was her very well behaved self again. She does love Philip the farrier for sure. Deworming next week and we put a fence around the hay during the day time cause all three ladies - all of them lbi, just stand there and eat. So even though we have a slow feeder net they didn´t loose any weight - quite the opposite actually.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Morning Walk

-11 this morning and windy and more snow is coming. I could do without the wind but I totally love all this snow.
Day three of our morning walks. Milva´s wound is not healed completly so I don´t wanna overdue it therefor we only take small walks in the morning for about 20 - 30min to build up her muscles and balance again.
Even though she was in boxrest for almost 3 weeks she behaves just like herself old  - well behaved and very mild and soft.
I think you can see in the picture how much she enjoys to get out again - I actually think she is smiling in this picture.
What an incredible mare she is!

Friday, March 15, 2013

10 Qualities for a Horseman by Pat Parelli

1—Heart and Desire
Watch a mare and foal together and you’ll see the strongest example of heart and desire. That’s how strong the bond could be and should be between horse and human. But people can have too many goals and put their heart and desire into winning or performing rather than with the horse. It’s okay to have a strong desire for competition as long as it doesn’t get ahead of the relationship with the horse.

We have to teach the horse to respect us. Respect from the horse is measured by appropriate response and quality and length of attention span. As humans, we ultimately need to respect the pure nature inside of the horse. Respect from both, in the end, is mental collection.

I think of impulsion foremost as emotional collection. The goal is to get the horse to want to synchronize with your energy and emotion. We need to have absolute control over our emotions so that we are calm, cool and collected for the horse even when things get going fast, or when we want things to go fast.

For me, flexion is the shaping of the whole horse mentally and physically, and learning to be very fluid and flexible in our own bodies so horses match and mirror us. Every movement we ask of the horse has a certain dynamic shape the horse’s body should be in to optimize its performance, from walking to piaffe.

5—Attitude and Focus—Positive, Progressive and Natural
Your attitude needs to be positive, progressive and natural, and people who focus on bringing all three together really make great leaders for their horses. I see people who are kind to their horses, but they’re not going anywhere, and most horses are not happy doing the same things over and over again. Other people are very mechanical and use whatever bits and gadgets it takes. And there are people who are progressive and natural, but not really positive.

Horses have to go by feel in order to understand us, especially when we’re riding. So the feel we give them, whether we’re fluid or stiff, is how they are going to respond. But what gives you feel? In any sport or endeavor, there is usually something you need to focus on to become more natural. People who are training to jump hurdles are taught to look at a spot on the horizon, not the hurdle, and feel going over the hurdles. For us, it’s being positive, progressive and natural that will give you feel.

Timing is really important because horses are very rhythmic animals. You feel for the timing through your attitude and focus, and if you make even a suggestion at the right time, everything becomes easy. For example, when we ask a horse to turn but we use our legs too soon, we’ve pushed the horse like a caterpillar, and the front and middle haven’t started that way yet.

From birth, a horse learns to do everything in balance. The thought of movement starts in the horse’s mind. He shapes his body, gets his weight right and then moves his feet. For us, the only way for balance to be second nature is to have focus, feel and timing. When we’re on a horse we should not have any negative effect on its movement.

When you combine these ingredients and start getting repeatable results, that’s Savvy. Savvy is second nature to me now, but I rode horses thousands of hours and still didn’t have any real Savvy. But we often have to have that kind of experience to get real Savvy, and once you have it, it feels dysfunctional if you do something without it, like driving a car with a loose wheel.

If your heart and desire are to get to a certain savvy level, and you start putting huge effort into real mastery, this is the point where it becomes addictive. That’s when it’s way beyond a physical thing—way more than riding. Your experience after you get to a certain level will reveal productive results ten times faster than all the hours you put in before that, making hoof prints in the sand and wearing out riding pants and saddles.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Back Out With The Herd Again

looking all happy and satisfied with herself :))

Monday, March 11, 2013

Undemanding Time

...with the pony, while thinking about life in general, a planned Horsemanship clinic, work and love...
Life is good!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Iwan das Panjepferd written by Heinz Buchholz

I finally got my hands on this book while we were down in Luebeck this week. I have been looking for it some time now and was thrilled to find it - amongst alot of other books about Prussia.
It´s the story about a young boy and his Panje pony who saved the lives of many people during the big flight winter 44/45.
The book is an autobiography with lots of interesting historical details about the big flight, about the Red Army and their deeds.

This shows a picture of a Panje pony and a Russian soldier, taken in winter 44/45.

Eine Kindheit zwischen Krieg Krieg und Frieden

Mit den Augen eines Kindes gesehen entsteht sie als lebendiges Bild vor unseren Augen: Die große Flucht aus Ostpreußen - eine geschichtliche Katastrophe, von der Millionen von Menschen betroffen waren.

Als Frauen, Kinder und Greise im Jahr 1944 vor der heranstürmenden Roten Armee fliehen, die mordend und plündernd in Ostpreußen einfällt, befindet sich in einem der Flüchtlingstrecks ein dreizehn Jahre alter Junge, Heinz Buchholz.

Zusammen mit seinem Panjepferd Iwan meistert er die chaotischen Ereignisse. Dabei erweist sich der Vierbeiner nicht nur als Lebensretter in tödlichen Gefahren, sondern ist zugleich ein treuer Gefährte, dem das verstörte Kind seine Erinnerungen an eine heile Welt anvertrauen kann.

Ein Angehöriger der Kriegskinder-Generation meldet sich nach fünfzig Jahren der Verdrängung mit einem spannenden Erlebnisbericht zu Wort und erhellt ein dunkles Kapitel der deutschen Geschichte.

Conversations with Friends...

Little pony talking to her girlfriends while she is allowed to spend some limited time in the turn out stable - I usually need to take her in after a while cause she starts jumping, bucking and rearing around and flirts shamelessly with Wolfgang which usually ends in lots of squeeking and screaming. Few more days and then hopefully she will be able to join the herd again....

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Red Light

Milva´s bandage came off yesterday after alot of friendly game.
Sofie our 1* instructor borrowed me her Red Light kit so that´s what I will try using on the wound today - red light and Malukka honey.
I´m also thinking about putting her back out with the herd today but I have to check the ground first if it´s still frozen...

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Slow progress but netherless progressing...
Still box rest until next Wednesday and another vet. visit.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Time for Plan B

That´s how it looked today...continued boxrest until next thursday and according to the vet after that two more dressing changes and probably another three weeks of boxrest...time for plan b...
Sofie is so kind to lend me her Photonic Red Light and Anna from the south provided me with Malukka honey so that will speed things up me think...
Feeling like a bad mum cause I´m not gonna be at home this weekend and next week we will be going down to Germany for a day...
Hanna, Anita, Patricia, Malin, Marie and Anna are taking care of Milva while I´m gone - it does indeed take 6 people to replace me ;)...
Have a good weekend everyone out there!