I bless the hoss from hoof to head -
From head to hoof, and tale to mane! -
I bless the hoss, as I have said,
From head to hoof, and back again!
~James Whitcomb Riley
I love horses. I always have.
A life without horses would be a bleak alternative to me, although I thoroughly enjoy each summer vacation when we put the horses out on pasture and have some lazy weeks - each and everyone of us!
I am from Sweden, but have been living half my life in Norway - so I guess that makes me a true Scandinavian.
I have been riding for over 40 years, and I hope for many more to come.
My present horse, Electric Fame, is a Sportspony mare born in 2003.
To me she is a partner - not "just a horse".
We participate in competitions from time to time, but I must admit that my heart lies in the training and the company of my horse, not the competitions which I over the years find less interesting.
The older I get, the more the I love the sense of partnership the riding brings, and I try to improve both my riding and the communication with my horse.
The quite and calm conversation is doing good to the soul, and is a welcome contrast to the rest of the carousel around us where everything is to go faster and faster.
I ride in average ride 4-6 days a week, and once to twice a week I ride for my trainers.
Even if dressage is my passion, I am a firm believer of varied work for the joy of both horse and rider, so we do a little bit of everything.
We have a wonderful forest area to go trail riding in, with mountains and streams.
We hack out in average once or twice a week, and often see both moose, deer and other wild animals.
Dressage rider in disguise....
I also jump with Fame from time to time, even if he training is not as frequent as I would wish it to be.
We do interval training up the mountains.
We both love to have a good stretch out, and it builds strength that comes in handy in the dressage work.
I ride outdoors all year, in snow and low temperatures too. Living in Norway would mean many months without riding if you don't!
As they say here in Norway - there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing...
Snow (when prepared) is a very good surface to ride on.
I will never be the rider of my dreams, but I work hard to improve myself as well as I can.
But most of all, I have fun with my horse!
And I do believe that she enjoys the partnership too.
God forbid that I should go to any Heaven in which there are no horses.
~R.B. Cunninghame Graham, letter to Theodore Roosevelt, 1917