• Horses

    Making progress

    As I may have said before Talhoffer had have some issues with the trailer. So me and a friend have been practicing. Last week we drove away from the stable, just a km or so, to unload, and try loading again. In the stable he has gone straight on, no problem. But at the new place he refused, then it took maybe 30-45 minutes to get him on again. So we tried again yesterday, where he went on perfectly, we drove off, but to a new place, but still just a km or so from the stable, and then unloaded. Then tried loading again, he was hesitant for a second, but then just went straight in and I could manage everything myself! I was so happy! And during everything he was much calmer then he ever been before.

    Then afterwards we went on a hack, and sure Talhoffer had some speed in his step, but on the trail I could do shoulder in to travers transitions, really nicely. Some real progress!

    On to this morning, where I drove off to be in the stable at 05:00 to meet the farrier. Talhoffer didnt freak out once! That may be totally normal for other horses, but for Talhoffer its big progress! Sure we didnt put any shoes on the back hooves, but still. Last time the farrier could hardly even get near the back hooves.

    So I just feel like, yes we are making progress! 

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  • Shows

    Battle of Torpa

    This weekend it was the Torpa stenhus medieval days, and my cavalry reenactment group performs at the event.

    I really think this event is one of the highlights of the summer, as the surroundings are just astonishing. Its this white washed castle by a lake, far out on the country side, and it is a fairly big market where everyone is living medieval style in tents. Its just such a cozy and warm atmosphere. And the battle is also really fun, as we meet fully plated guys so we can just go nuts and bash. The more furious we are, the happier the event master is!

    This year my horse wasnt really ready for it, so he stayed at home, therefore I thought I was just going as ground crew, but then one of the other riders had a spare horse, so I got to lend him. It was a bit of an adventure, as it was Jojjes, the horse, first event, and my first time ever riding him on the rehearsal friday evening, and then we had two shows, one saturday and one sunday. But he did splendid, I didnt push him to get into any real fights, but we followed the other horses, and got to clink some sword, so all in all it went really well.

    As I said we only had two performances during the entire weekend, so the rest of the time was spent walking the market, socializing, looking at the beautiful Torpa stenhus, go swimming in the lake, just enjoying it. Saturday evening some of the foot soldier guys where sparring in the camp, so I asked if I could join, and ended up sparring the entire evening. It was so much fun!

    All in all the weekend was amazing, I just love these little reality get aways ^^

    And here is some photos from the Torpa shows, photo cred and thanks to:  Dominique Lussenburg

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  • Horses

    Team work

    Talhoffer is a very sensitive boy and he has some trust issues with people, therefore I have been very restricted with pushing him away in any sense. Always wanting to encourage him to come closer and not wanting him to feel unwanted, if that makes sense. But then yesterday I wanted to take som photos, and I thought I could make him canter some in the pasture. You dont need to chase Talhoffer in anyway, its enough with just pointing and taking, not even a step, and he takes off and I really thought out trust fund would be stable for a task like that. But it wasnt, so when I was going to catch him afterwards he was too wind up and didnt wanted me to get near him. He gets like that sometimes and I dont think he is actually scared of me, only that he gets so caught up in himself that he doesnt really see me.
    The thing is when he was dodging me around the other two horses, one got annoyed and left and the other, Fred, who is very old and huge, started to acting up as well. I thought he was going to chase Talhoffer so I was about to tell him off, when I realised, Fred was helping me! He corned Talhoffer against the fence everytime he tried to bolt off, and told him off until he stood still and I could catch him. It was so amazing seeing the calming effect Fred had on him. And as usual,, as soon as I could touch him there was no issue.

    But it was also nice to see that later when I was going back to the pasture with Talhoffer, I got proof that our trust fund wasnt completely drained. We met a deer in the woods, that stood and watch us for some time, but then it bolted off into the forest, which made Talhoffer bolt the other direction. I couldnt hold him, so I had to let go off the lead rope, but Talhoffer only cantered a few strides, and then stopped, turned to look at me, and then I could just walk up and take the rope and carry on.

    Then when we got back to the pasture, Talhoffer for some reason ran off to the opposite side of the pasture from where the other horses where. So he got a bit winded up when he couldnt find them. Fortunatly the other horses are abit brighter so they came and met him,and then Fred, once again went up and just calmed Talhoffer down. Talhoffer was then just rubbing against him and just wanted to be close. So sweet to see.

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  • Shows

    Varberg Medieval Fair with real jousting

    This weekend I met up with some friends to go to the medieval fair at Varbergs fortress. I attended at lecture from Albrechts bössor that was named “Armour – the knight from the inside out”, but when they came into the room they where dressed in the usual 14-15th century foot soldier garbs, and I was like, No, are they gonna claim this is knight armour? Really?
    But I shouldnt have been worried, they really knew what they where talking about and the first thing they said was “you all been lied to, this is not the knights armour from the inside out, as you can all clearly see, we are not knights”. But apparently it was thought to draw in a bigger crowd if the word knight was used, which is probably true. All in all a very interesting lecture, even though I got to bit my tongue a few times to bite down the urge to answer some of the audience questions.

    The highlight of the visit was of course the knight tournament. Which for once, and maybe for the first time in Sweden, was authentic 15th century. It was conducted by the Stichting HEI, a group from the Netherlands, which of one of the members is Arne Koets, who I train for. This time they had three riders, Wendy and Bertus, who I also met in Germany and who where the combatants, and Wouter who was the judge.

    It was so nice to see the real stuff, the gear is amazing, and the riding is fantastic. They are all excellent riders, but there is something special with Wendy and her horse Yasta. I got to sparr with her in Germany, and they are so insync, and even though it sometimes gets intense, her riding is always so nice.

    After the show we visited them in the camp and looked at their saddles. My friends Kristian is a saddle maker and have made a couple of medieval saddles and Im hoping to get one in a not to distant future. So we both take every oppertunity we can to look at saddles first hand.


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