19.7.18

Getting settled in

Since our arrival last Friday in the early hours of the morning after a 15 hour journey, the horses and I have been settling down into our new routine.
 We've kept it pretty similar to what our routine was back home, so they get fed at 6am, turned out around 9am during which we do the morning stables and then they come in about 1pm and get fed again. But instead of being ridden from 2pm onwards and doing the evening stables at 7pm, they're now going back out at about 3pm, some staying out whilst others are being ridden and then all coming back inside 8pm or on good days even as late as at 9pm. And they LOVE it! And I love having the chance to be able to turn the horses at much as they want to, like plenty of people have said "it's important that horse get to be horses" 💚

17.7.18

Trends to watch out for: Eskadron Platinum 2018 collection

I’m ALWAYS so excited about this collection, because Eskadron’s designers always bring their best designs to the table with the Platinum collections. And once again Eskadron hasn’t disappointed! I think fashion bloggers feel the same excitement when there are new collections released as I do when I first see Eskadron’s Platinum collection. It’s always a delight for your eyes!


In this collection, the colours are silk grey, nude, blossom and black. Simple? Yes. Boring? No! 🚨Unpopular opinion alert 🚨 I don’t actually even want to see lots of bright colours in the Platinum collection because I don’t think this is the right collection for it. I much prefer having the selection of mainly muted colours with one or two brighter colours available if you want that choice. Having said that, I have pre-ordered the blossom cotton emblem pad and matching bandages as I thought it was the best one of the collection!! The fabric with its cool-dry lining means that this is hands down the best pad during summer as it wicks away sweat like nothing else! I also love the emblem embroidery on the left side AND a triple cord of binding of which is glittery. ✨ 

But back to the collection - I thought it was also nice to see the return of the velvet crystal pad which was in my opinion one of the original collection’s best pads. But the ultimate highlight of this collection for me personally are the boots! Especially the black faux fur bootswhich have a glittermesh fabric, hard shell inside and the easy-care faux fur inside lining. The same with the over reach boot with the faux fur trim and glitter on the Velcro tab.  

It’s always fascinating to see what new things a company as old as Eskadron can come up with. After more than twenty years of in the business, you’d think they wouldn’t have anything new to do but Eskadron always keeps creating new styles. In this Platinum collection, they’ve brought out the new Mesh Glitter saddle pad (which is only available in in black and nude – annoying as I would have LOVED to have seen in the blossom colour too!) It’s made from a “glittermesh upper fabric” which is new and will be interesting to see how well it does in comparison to Eskadron’s other pads.

13.7.18

We’re back in the UK

Finally!! After 6 weeks of shelter at my brother’s yard in Germany, I am OVER THE MOON to be at home and even more happy about the fact that I once again have Wi-Fi, a bath, my own bed and that I don’t everagain have to try to get the neighbours to understand that I don’t speak German! The lack of Wi-Fi has nearly killed me (not really, I quite enjoyed the social media break but it just made blogging impossible) and the heat and humidity have made riding and training unmanageable on the worst days.

So here is a quick round up of how the horses are doing ⤵️
Basse has spent the last 6 weeks recovering from various ailments, which include lymphangitis, an infection on his front leg as well as a cough from dust allergies which has meant that I’ve ridden about ten times. Aside from those days, he’s spent his days being turned out in the mornings, going on the horse walker on the afternoons and being lunged to keep his fitness up, without making him work too hard or aggravating the cough. It’s a shame that I wasn’t able to ride him more, but on the super-hot days I was glad to be doing less riding with having 3 other horses to ride every day! The vet got to know mother and I well as he was looking at one of the horses at least each week… 

14.6.18

First weeks in Germany:

The first weeks here in Germany can be entirely summed up simply by stating that IT’S BEEN SO HOT EVERY SINGLE DAY and I am so looking forward to some cooler weather which is meant to be arriving next week. It’s not only hot here, but also really humid, which means that even when you’re grooming the horses and before you have even managed to ride you’re already sweaty and tired – not very conducive for good riding sessions! But enough of my complaining about it being too warm (hey, at least it makes a change from me moaning about it being too cold during the winter!), most importantly let me catch you up with how the horses are doing. 
The view of the stables from the sand track
Erkki has become an angel, he either remembers that this was the place where he was in hard work previously when mum bought him or then he just simply enjoys being on a busy yard. The grooms start their work at 7am and its non-stop until about 5.30pm and Erkki is totally chilled! He’s also been much easier to ride now that I’ve got some help from Ville who was riding and selling him when mum bought him. I’m so grateful to have the chance to ride my horses when he is riding and be able to ask for 5 minutes of help and then carry on. Everything feels just so much simpler now with him and I couldn't be more pleased! Another angelic figure in the group is Vallu who (apart from being a twat to turn out and bring in) has also been super well behaved. He’s been a perfect gentleman to ride in the indoor arena, outdoor arena AND the canter track! He’s also got points from the grooms for being well behaved in the wash box and for not pawing when I’m not there. It’s been absolutely wonderful to have time to ride my best bud again and to do so without being in a rush or having to think about university work!!
After travelling beautifully, once we’d arrived and settled in, Basse decided that he needed to scream after each and every single horse on the yard for 3 days straight and I swear I thought my head was going to explode! He is never left alone, but clearly the travelling turned him into a bit of a nervous wreck for the first few days, but now he’s settled down and is back to his normal self. I’ve even managed to canter him round the sand track which goes around the edge of the yard, and it’s inspired me to decide to take him to the local canter track once we move to our new home.

29.5.18

Travelling from Finland to Germany with the horses

After 2 weeks of panicking, stressing, packing and organising on a very hot Saturday afternoon, it was finally time to load up the horses onto the VERY nice horse lorry! We decided to go with Marcel Jordan Horse Transport because I had heard and seen only good things about them, and also because our neighbour had bought 3 horses from Spain who Marcel Jordan Horse Transport had delivered them in fantastic condition and she had received daily photos and reports of the horses. There were so many good reports about the company that I knew it was the one to go for! 
Despite the slight miscommunication with their office about whether there was space for someone to travel with the horses (they didn’t confirm if there was space until 3 days beforehand so I didn’t have much time to pack my own stuff!!) I would highly recommend this company to anyone transporting their horses across Europe. The horses get fed and watered every four and a half hours and on Sunday they got to rest for 3 hours at a ‘horse hotel’ where they could get hand walked too. If you don’t travel with the horses, then the driver also sends you daily - if not twice daily - photos and messages about your horse, how they are travelling and how they are doing.

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