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Av Tina Karlsson - 30 december 2011 10:53

We had a wonderful Christmas, Dinio feasted on a lot of carrots and I celebrated the holiday together with my family. A few days of vacation made it also possible for me to get a very needed rest. The day before Christmas Dinio and I took a long ride around the Täljö area, today joined by the geldings Tott and Rulle. Dinio took the lead at once and kept it - he was very happy indeed and the two other horses had problems to keep up. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinio rested and on the following Monday I gave him an easy session at the outdoor arena. We still have warm weather so the surface is just perfect. He felt just wonderful.

On Tuesday a very sad event took place - my darling cat Tracy was diagnoced with stomach cancer so I had to put her to sleep. She was the most wonderful cat ever and I miss her very much. Later on during the evening Dinio had a cholic attack but was soon over. During his attacks I am massaging him and frequently walks him. Hmmmmm. Some days everything goes wrong.

On Wednesday evening Dinio performed perfectly during our dressage session. He was with me constantly and all the issues we have had problems with where just gone.

Overall Dinio feels much stronger now and is also very elastic. It is a pure joy to ride him. When he feels like this I think nothing is impossible and my expectations for 2012 increases.

Today it is only two days left of 2011 - we will be spending them with long walks in the nature. It will be a bit colder now and I also heard that the snow will arrive.

Adding a picture of my darling Tracy and a new picture of Dinio from yesterday evening.

Happy New Year Everybody!!!


Av Tina Karlsson - 20 december 2011 10:52

December 11th and Dinio has been with me for 1 year. I am therefor taking the opportunity to share some of my experiences of importing a horse and the following issues that have appeared during our first year together.

Dinio came from Malaga, south of Spain, so the climate change for him was huge. Therefor thick rugs where needed. Here he is also spending several hours per day in an outdoor paddock. Huge change! 

In January Dinio got his first cholic and they became quit frequent. The first tip from Helen in Spain was to serve him warm water. And now, one year later, I still have to serve him warm water, about 40 degrees C, otherwise he doesn't drink enough. 

In March and April came the next surprice, the Swedish mosquitos, which caused a major allergic reaction. Bought a full covering mosquito rug. Poor Dinio!!

Increased hoof care also needed. New soil to walk on, different climate, different food, all this affects the horse. No grass during the first year, just some few minutes of grazing per day!!

Otherwise, everything has worked perfectly. But it takes at least one year for the horse to adapt. Anaway it did so for Dinio. Now he has finally also got a bit of winter fur, not long hair, but quit thick. He is enjoying life very much.

From now and to the end of January 2012, Dinio shall get a long resting period, only walks in the nature. I think he will enjoy that.

I am of course looking forward to 2012 and the coming competitions and the continueing training for Kristian von Krusenstierna.

Merry Christmans and A Happy New Year!!

Av Tina Karlsson - 17 december 2011 18:36

A bit chilly weather and the surface on the outdoor arena gets hard. Anyway some work at the walk is possible and training on some walk movements as pirouettes, shoulder in and half passes. December 6 my ferrier arrived to take care of Dinios hoofs. Unfortunately the snow grips has made Dinios hoof soure, cause of absent of snow. Now dirt is filling his hoofs and the constant movement from the snow grips - not god at all. We decided anyway to put them backon again. The snow must be here anyday. The rest of week 49 was spent on walk work and some riding in the nature.

Week 50 - no snow yet, warm weather and a new appointment with the ferrier. Dinio has started to limp a bit if he has his front hoofs full with dirt or shavings. So the snow grips went off and a sole was put on instead. Dinio liked them very much indeed. Stopped limping immediately. This explains a bit why he has been a bit difficult to take in from the paddock. Probably he had felt his soure hoofs in the down hill, from the paddock to the stable. This week the outdoor arena has been fully functional so we have walked and trotted a lot. Today the plan was to ride in the forrest but it rained and snowed to much. So I hope the weather is better tomorrow.

Av Tina Karlsson - 6 december 2011 09:12

Today we have got this winters first snow. Just a little amount of it but nevertheless, the winter has finally arrived. Today Dinio is waring his thick winter rug with neck and I hope it won't be to warm for him. Dinio is happy and playful. The stomach is stable and it feels very nice to leave this issue behind us. Darling Dinio has become a bit too playful, especially when leaving his outdoor paddock. Full of energy and eager to enter the stable and the food that awaits him, he "dances away" and has also started to snap a bit. Just very playful, nothing mean about it but not accepatable. So a few days ago I started to "show my tougher side" towards him with good response. I think he is getting a bit bored after a few hours in the paddock, so I will try to decrease his time spent there. He has also increased in condition, gained in weight and muscles so he demands more now. Have decreased his concentrated feeding to a minimum.

The training has now started to slow down and our walks in the nature are increasing instead. Have planned to give him a few weeks of holiday in January, since he hasn't got any "free" time at all since his arrival from Spain last year. Hope he will cope with that.

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