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
JUST A KIND REMINDER this early monday morning: ‘Work hard beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!‘ You can feel the autumn here in UK now and even if it’s not as easy to jump out of bed as it was in June work and practice is just as important and I’m still so excited about the close future. My main ponies Caruso and Firenze (‘Nibbles’) are both doing really well I can’t wait for the autumn season to start. We have loads of fun events and projects lines up as well and I just can’t wait!
More to come!
Work hard, & be kind.
GREAT DAYS teaching in Stockholm this weekend! Giving the one day clinic at the jumping with the stars stable AP-Ridutveckling and teaching my oldies but goldies in Vallentuna. LOVE to see them grow up so well. & that it’s still summer here!
At the one day dressage clinics we go through the whole basic system of dressage. From the dressage rider’s seat and aids, to the horses’s body and the education of the horse through the levels. We ride in the morning, before we go through theory. Then yummy healthy lunch, before another hour of riding. Love to give new faces the whole package of the basics, and looking forward to do it again on below dates!
All levels of riders are welscome, and you can rent one of Anna Wallberg’s dressage horses if you don’t come with your own. There’s a few spots left so if you’re interested, just sign up HERE.
Lots of love to Anna Wallberg for hosting <3 Now time to get back to ride my dear four legged waiting at Springhill! <3
EVERY ATHLETE and every dancer loosens up his muscles before starting to work. And oh how important this is for the horse, which in all his movements and actions must not only bend to the will of anpther living creature but also carry him. As the sculptor’s clay must be soft before he starts to shape it, so must the horse be relaxed both in body and mind before he is ready to be trained by his rider.
Kind reminder to tick of suppleness before you ask for harder work/contact/impulsion/collection!
Very happy to give you the recipe through The Equestrian Retreat.
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.
SO THIS HEAT wave doesn’t seem to go anywhere, and as much I LOVE the summer weather and won’t complain even if it’s 35 degrees here today (!), it’s as always necessary to make sure the horses are as healthy and happy as possible. Make sure they stay cool and hydrated. If they still work hard in this weather I add some electrolytes to their feed. AND thanks to Spring Hill’s super groom Beverley the horses can now enjoy this genius fun treat: Just freeze some cut apples in water or apple juice and your horse has a great activity in the shade and will surely enjoy staying cool! Currently making some for myself as well.
SUPPLENESS is one of the basic factors that is oh so importnt to get right. Suppleness is stage two in the education scale and it happens when the horse is free of tension mentally and physically and when there are no constrains on its muscles, ligaments or joints. It entails muscle tone, stretchiness, a capability to use the relevant muscles to work over the back and the neck towards the bit. The greatest test of whether suppleness exists in your horse is that when any contact is eased the horse will stretch forward and down. One of the key reasons that suppleness is so important is that the back muscles and ligaments have to have tone if they are to carry the rider without losing their natural movement. If they tighten against the rider’s weight, are stiff, or immature and weak, they will not be able to move freely. If that’s the case, that lovely power coming from the hind legs can’t flow freely through the horses body, and therefor impulsion will be limited, the horse will not be connected, and there will be little or no swing over the back.
I always start my rides with a stretch to make sure the horse can stretch freely longitudinal as well as to the sides before we contract the uscles. & I always end my rides with a stretch to make sure the horse lets go and tranquil after harder moves.
Photo of Caruso collected versus stretching (& trust me, it’s been a looong job to get Caruso’s long, tall and huge body to get to where it is now. Phew! But patience Patience.)
GREAT COUPLE days teaching in Stockholm this weekend! I’m always SO happy to see my oldies but goldies progress, and to meet new riders teaching at the Jumping with the stars dressage stables AP Ridutveckling. Now we have dates set at AP for the rest of the year.
On our day clinics we work on a dressage rider’s seat in the morning, on the horse’s different frames and education in the afternoon, and we go through all theory around it over a recharging lunch in AP’s lovely facilities.
For you riders who have already taken this course I will hold follow up sessions after the day clinic is finished.
If you wish to come only for the lunch theory please email me.
Dates for the autumn are: August 11, Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 10, Dec 23.
To book above dates please go to AP-Ridutveckling, or email me.
Looking forward to see you!
Lots of love to Anna Wallberg and the team at AP for having me <3