AS EVERY year, please find my go to’s for either your own wish list this Christmas, or your favourite equestrian’s! In no specific order here are my favourites items for very day use:
- Le Mieux White boots with sheep skin.
- Padoc & Pace Main & Tail Oil. Organic, best possible quality for your horse care (makes SUCH a difference.)
- This warm anti inflammatory Turmeric Latte goes with me everywhere. I prepare a thermos every morning and stay warm all day.
- Reindeer Antlers. Makes your horse look so pretty on the Xmas card!
- Padoc & Pace Lip Balm. The wonder cream that is good for everything. Well more or less. Organic and top quality moist for lips, wounds, mudfever, and does also smell (and actually taste) amazing.
- Equestrian Stockholm’s beanie keeps the ears warm when teaching on in the barn!
- Stubben’s clever bridle Switch. An ergonomic superstar that easily switches between a snaffle and a double. Plus makes your horse look more clever then ever!
- Rockl Winter Gloves. Please give your hands the care they deserve this winer. Keep them warm!
- Equestrian Stockholm’s White Perfection pad. A very close friends of mine that I use both at the show and at home.
- The Longines watch La Grande Classic. It’s always on my arm.
- The next generation Stubben saddle, Centurion. With every new thinking feature you can imagine. Please find more details below.
I genuinely LOVE all above. If you’re interested in any item but can’t find them please just let me know.
JUST HOME FROM two days in Kempen, Germany, where I’ve had the great pleasure of visiting Stuebbens HQ, learning everything about quality leather and followed the detailed handcraft of creating performance saddles and top tack. Insanely interesting!
There is such a deep knowledge behind this handcraft. About the materials, how the leather behaves, how to source it and how it should be produced in the best way, both for it’s purpose but also for the environment. AH. And then how to use the materials so they benefit the horses movement to the highest potential and at the same time support the rider. It’s just an incredible work of art.
I can not wait until my saddles arrives and I will tell you so much more!
Thank you Stubben <3
JUST SPENT TWO days with my beaUUUTiful four legged partners at home after a couple of lovely days teaching in Sweden. We have new dates for the spring Swedes! Just click on ‘Trainings & Clinics’.
One kind reminder: Every time you touch your horse you shape it. From how you lead it to how it’s standing while you groom it has an impact on weather you’re going to be successful or not.
Tomorrow I’m heading to Germany for two days with Stübben. See you then!
I love my job. Photo of Caruso at Springhill Dressage, dressed top to toe in Equestrian Stockholm & tack from Stübben.
WHAT A DAY! Horses has been absolute superstars today, channelling their inner top models shooting Stuebbens new MAGIC tack! Can’t wait to show you more.
I’M SO HAPPY & proud of super ginger Nibbles!! We competed at Belmoredean on Thursday, where she gave our best feel that far and got home with a 2nd. Yesterday we finished of the Hickstead season, with an even better test – and a Win just under 70%!
Ah, I’m so proud of her. At home she’s such a sweet cuddle, she’s developing so steadily, and when I ask her to step up the game she really knows how to take the stage. It’s rare to have all of this at the same time. (& yes I’m remembering to be grateful because AH it’s fun! <3)
Lots of love to Nibbles owner Caroline Edgeley for letting me develop this horse. & to Equestrian Stockholm, Stübben, Longines and Padoc & Pace for making us both look and feel on TOP. Thank you!
SO HAPPY with Caroline Edgeley’s superstar lady lion Firenze (aka ‘Nibbles’) out on our first competition together! Her first medium, with loads of room for improvements, she’s bringing home a 2nd on 67.94%!
Really excited of how far she’s come in a couple month, and even more about how much there is inside her that we haven’t shaped yet! This super girl is the sweetest cuddle at home, but she surely knows when it’s time to step up to work. & I think she LOVES it! Or rather, she loves showing off her beautiful self <3 So exciting for the future of this mare.
As always lots of love and huge thanks to Caroline Edgeley, & to Equestrian Stockholm, Stubben och Longines for helping us look and feel great during the whole performance <3
THIS EVENT. In London. Top horses. Top people. Top food. Ah!
Longines Globals Champions Tour brings together the top show jumpers in the world to compete in prestigious locations for unprecedented prize money. From Monaco, Miami, St Tropez, Doha, Berlin, Cannes and Shanghai to Madrid and Hamburg. This weekend in London and my dear friends at Longines hosted a wonderful event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, literally in the middle of London town! & I just walked around loved everything, from my dress, to the course (yeas yeas I walked it), the the oh so dear and very special people and friends of Longines, to the food! Yes they even had Linnea friendly food. I only eat anti inflammatory foods, I will have to write a post separately about this topic, but in short it’s most gluten-, dairy- and sugar free goodness that supports your metabolism and over all life energy.
Thank you Longines for an absolutely gorgeous day!
THERE IS A NEW GIRL IN TOWN! Very happy to have Caroline Edgeley’s prima ballerina ‘Nibbles‘ at Springhill! There’ll be more about this princess but for now, I’m also happy to contribute to Horses & Foals on ‘How to bond with your horse’. Here is my short answer:
As often as I can I try to give us time for a proper groom. When I visit my horse in the box and when I groom my horse is when I first bond and tap into his general state of being. I’m very close to my main horses (especially Caruso) and I normally notice straight away if something is bothering them. They talk with their body language and I can read how their energy is. To make a horse trust you, you need to make the horse feel that you’ve got his back, no matter what, so he can relax. Horses like to have a leader (it makes them waste less energy then if they have to be the leader) but they are picky and only wants good leaders.
but trust happens over time and in everything you do, when you’re in the arena helping him to get stronger and supple up tensions, and when you’re hacking out on a new track being the positive leader of what you’re up to. The horse will trust you if you’re always thinking ahead of him, so he can check in with you if he gets insecure.
Another important thing is the intention and confidence. A horse can sense it very clearly. So if you’re confident in what you’re asking from the horse, asking it for a positive reason from the horses perspective, the horse will be confident and happy to do it. But if you feel uncomfortable or insecure in what you wish your horse to do then he will feel that it’s probably not a good thing to do, and act from that mindset.
When you’re comfortable being your horse’s positive leader he will happily trust you, so try to find what you need in order to be comfortable as your horse’s positive leader. The more experience and knowledge you have the easier it is to be the positive leader your horse can trust, and show him that you know what he needs. If you feel insecurities, always ask a trainer for clear directions.
Last but not least I find it incredibly important to know yourself. Make sure you leave any stress, worries or outside life negative energy that easily comes in between bonding, as your horse will mirror you! In good and bad:)
I use meditation to increase my awareness and make sure I hold a clear and positive mindset.
In short, a horse will trust a human who’s calm, clear and has good intentions from the horses perspective.
Much more at HorsesandFoals.com
SO HAPPY to attend a totally sparkling day at the all-female Swarovski Magnolia Cup at Qatar Goodwood Racecourse on Ladies’ Day yesterday! The racing sport is quite far from my equestrian genre, but the goods that these horses come with is pretty awesome. This race raised funds for Cancer Research UK, while also empowering women in sport <3
Swarovski, sponsor or the race yesterday, held the all-female race, with twelve amateur riders compete in aid of charity. This year, the proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK and celebrating strong, inspirational women who are testing their limits in the challenging sport of horses. So good 🙂
Also cool: Swarovski is a brand with over 70% female workforce and strives to empower all women, from those who manufacture their products to those who wear them. They are a signatory of the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles, also part of the UN Women UK National Committee Corporate Advisory Group, supporting the work of UN Women in its mission for gender equality AND they support numerous charitable initiatives that promote women’s empowerment, both on a corporate level and through the Swarovski Foundation.
Total (horse) girl power! SO GOOD.
Photo of Sabrina Percy, Charlie Webster, Faya Nilsson, Olivia Wayne, Amy Williams, Linnea Aarflot, Joanna Hardy.