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Guest Blogger Filippa about her horse’s living arrangements, organising good training schedule and importance of having fun…

Hi! My part for this week will be a little bit about the environment and organising training schedules!

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Drottningholm – Chinese Pavilion (Photo credit: khoogheem)

My horse Bella lives in a stable on a large yard which is located on an island called Ekero in an area called Drottningholm.

The stables was an old farm originally and both they and the surroundings are really beautiful. There are about 30-40 horses stabled at he yard and Bella’s box is in the corner near the exit. She has a little window which is open in the spring and summer so that she can look out throughout the night if she wants to.

The whole yard is quite big and includes large grass paddocks. We have a long barn with indoor stables as well as an indoor and outdoor arenas.

Now you know a little about Bella’s living arrangements I will tell you about my everyday life as a horse owner. This chapter is about training schedules.

Every week I do a training schedule for Bella. I am writing down what Bella is going to do every day, why and how. The schedule exist to give Bella a versatile training because I believe versatile training is good for her health. I never want it to become boring for her. The schedule is also so that I can remember what has been done or what I need to do and for me to get an overview of the week.

I adapt the schedule to fit the particular week in a way that considers Bella’s needs and accommodates the days that we have practice as well as my own school schedule and my life in general. The latter is mostly because riding when you are, for example, stressed, never ends up a good workout for anybody. That is why the schedule is very important for me to.

I think versatile training is the most important thing for a happy and healthy horse. Bella loves to jump, and so do I but every rider needs dressage too in order to develop as a horse back rider.

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Filippa and Bella hacking out

I think that the most meaningful part for a happy horse and a happy rider is to have fun. To ride outside in the wood a few days instead of walking around in a tiny area of the indoor school. To canter across the green meadows. That is the most amazing feeling ever. Some riders forget to find that feeling sometimes, everything evolves around the important training sessions all the time. You get a motivated horse by having fun sometimes. Bella loves when we are out riding in the forest, sometime I combine the dressage practice and the outdoor practice. That way she has to work, but she thinks it is really fun at the same time. It´s really good for the horses health to be outside to, to breath fresh air and to walk on different surfaces. A healthy horse is a happy horse.

Here’s an example of a weekly schedule for Bella:

Monday– That’s her resting day. Her day off. Mum goes on a walk outside with her. I know that they have such a great time together, I believe this is Bella’s favourite day.

Tuesday– We have show jumping training. It´s usually strenuous but really fun to jump. My show jumping trainer is great, he knows Bella very well because he was the owner of her when she came to Sweden from Denmark as a six year old. We often jump courses or different lines.

Wednesday– Wednesday is Bella’s calm day. She gets to trot in a long form to relax and to walk for a long time. It´s to prevent lactic acid build up in the muscles after Tuesdays hard work.

Thursday– Is our dressage practice day. My trainer is herself a competition dressage rider. It is useful practice. Right now we are training mostly lateral work.

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Meet new Guest Bloggers! From Sweden: Lo with Uptown Boy and Filippa with Risdalens Bella

Dear Readers,

Please meet two lovely girls who will share their horsey lives in Sweden with us on here. I believe it’s wonderful to be able to have an insight into equestrian life in various countries as well as share the spirit of improvement and yearning for better communication with our horses.  I hope you’ll enjoy the ups and downs of two very determined young city girls as they fit horses into their lives!

Over to Lo and Filippa:

Hello!

We are two girls, Lo and Filippa, who are blogging together. We are 14 and 15 years old and come from Stockholm, Sweden. You will get a more personal presentation of us both now so you get to know us and our horses. We think it´s really fun and a great opportunity for us to guest blog here! We will add a post every week from now on! Hope you like it!

LO

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Lo and Boy

My name is Lo and I am 14 years old. I am rather ambitious and know what I want and I do what it takes to get me there, but I am also a very happy girl who just likes to chill whith her friends.

I started riding almost nine years ago, so I’ve been riding as long as I can remember. I was riding at a horse back school 2-3 times a week and thought it wasn’t enough. I was mostly interested in dressage because I thought and still think that jumping is a bit scary. So when we started looking into buying a horse we looked after a real dressage horse that could jump a little, but it was in dressage I wanted to develop my skills.

Almost precisely one year ago I became the owner of my dream horse! It was amazing and sometimes it still feels unbelievable that he is my very own horse! His full name is Uptown Boy but I always call him Boy. He is a twelve-years-old dressage horse who with his last owner competed up till FEI level. Boy is a Swedish riding pony and precisely 148 cm.

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Lo and Boy

When I was riding him for the first time I knew from the very first moment that he was the perfect horse for me. He is well schooled, not afraid of much but with a lot of energy and a will to work. The only bad thing about him is that he sometimes has too much attitude. When he doesn’t want to do something he can stop and kick. But that is the only bad thing, so otherwise he is perfect.

I train twice a week with my dressage trainer and I try to jump once every week because Boy really likes it.

My goal in riding for next year is to qualify at national level and to be able to compete next fall. But the most important is off course just to have fun!

FILIPPA

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Filippa and Bella

Hello! My name is Filippa! I am 15 years old and live in an area called Malarhojden. I am a very happy but focused girl, if I have a target or a goal, nothing can stop me from getting there. I am also very competitive. Lo and I usually write our blog in Swedish, so writing in English is kind of a new thing for me. I hope I’m doing well.

I started horse back riding when I was about 7 years old. Before then I thought that horses where quite big and scary. I started riding at a riding school called Sundby Ridning club. I took lessons in both dressage and showjumping. I also competed, mostly in showjumping. When I was younger, I thought showjumping was way more fun.

At the riding school, there were only ponies and I went riding 3-4 times a week for 7 years. Last year, in February I got my first own pony. It felt unbelievable. A dream come true. My horse lives 30 minutes by car from me. Otherwise I take the subway, and then a train, and the subway again and then a bus to get to the stable, it takes an hour. It’s very hard to find an available place at a stable in Stockholm.

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