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Batman Blue mane flower clips is back in stock!

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Sponsored by Fleur À Cheval, photo by Une Susrud

Did you know that Batman have his very own collection of mane flower clips named after him? 💙 He do! In California, actually! The midnight blue mane flower clips from Fleur À Cheval he wore during our 7 year-photoshoot become very popular – and now they are back in stock on www.fleuracheval.com!

Fleur À Cheval is a startup ran by the two friends Maryam & Kayla. They are based in Southern California, and their hand made mane flower clips for equine mane and tail are shipped to horse lovers from all over the world. I’m proud to be an ambassador for these girls, they are doing a great job and their product is perfect for decorating both you and your horse for photoshoots and special occasions. Build your favorite set of flowers yourself and support their brilliant work!

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Batman’s natural luxury life

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Ethical training methods, equal respect and harmony between horse and human are extremely important to me when I’m around Batman. But I’m only spending a couple of hours a day with him. How he lives when I’m not there is what matters the most. So, how does Batman live?

Since I got Batman in 2009, he has lived outside in a herd 24/7. I chose turnout over a traditional stable because horses are herd animals, they are made to wander many miles a day, and locking him up in a tiny stall was not even in our minds.

Since 2011, his home has been a lovely stable south of Oslo. He is living in a balanced herd with other mares and geldings, and he thrives. He is always down to earth when we are training, he is always coming to the gate to greet me and he is happy and calm. I LOVE being able to let him live like this, and I’m gladly traveling 3 hours every single day to cover Batman’s natural needs.

When I’m not in the stable, he is free to do as he pleases. He has free access to high quality haysilage, temperated water and shelter. He can walk among the trees and dig for roots, he can run around and play, he can go inside the shed and sleep in the soft bedding, he can eat, he can be social and interact with the other horses, and his needs for natural behavior are well covered. When I I arrives and he hear my voice, he will immediatly say bye to his buddies and walk towards me to greet me, not because he has been waiting for me all day, bored to hell, but because he wants to hang out with me.

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«I think traditional stables where you place a 500 kg herd animal, a result of 45 million years of evolution, made for roaming free, in a 4×4 meter box for 12 hours a day will soon be old fashioned as we learn more about their natural needs.»

The modern way to keep horses will, hopefully soon, be in large paddock paradises. We don’t see boxes as cages, but many non-equestrians do. Horses will of course need time for themselves every now and then, and they need rest. Studies have shown that horses boarded traditionally rests more than horses in turnout, so we must find a good way to make sure the horses can lie down and rest when they need to. The area must be built in a way that makes it easy for the horses to have their own space, and rest without getting chased away or disturbed. But horses are made for movement, interaction with other horses, and a social life in a herd. In Norway, the normal is to keep the horse in a box, and the law only requires 2 hours outside in a paddock a day. That is, in my opinion, not a good life for any horse. We have no law on keeping horses together, and many live in isolation. Yes, horses are extremely adaptable animals, and they can get used to living in small paddocks without company. But that does not mean it is the best solution.

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In Denmark, we can see a very positive trend; most young horses grow up in herds. I hope it will continue to develop this way, and other horses soon can run around, play, eat, sleep and interact on larger areas outside. The result will be more harmonic horses with a better health, both mentally and physically. We must listen to science when it comes to boarding horses in the future.

We must set the horse’s natural behavior as the priority number one, before of our own comfort. Horses that live in herds together with other horses, free to run around, play and eat when they needs to, will be more calm, relaxed and mentally balanced.

Peace, love and Friesian hugs,
Batman & Matilde

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Aim for your goals

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I’m having a little bit of stage fright right now, because today, my blog had 80 000 page views from all over the planet. THAT’S INSANE! I’m still in shock! I don’t know what to say – thank you so much for the support in a very important debate!

The sun suddenly appeared again a few weeks ago, so we decided to have a little archery-photoshoot! Batman is the most chill horse ever, and he LOVES my bow. In his opinion arrows are food, and archery is the best thing in the world. He will stay by my side and basically shoot together with me, haha. I guess he finds it fascinating! When I’m shooting from his back, he also knows when I hit the target, and when he can feel me aim, he will run smooth and stable.

It took me 1 minute to introduce him to archery :D Strong bow with sharp arrows + 700 kg war horse … DON’T MESS WITH US!

My henley is of course from  Alp-n-Rock / www.alpnrock.com, my awesome sponsor who helps me making my dreams possible. I’m an proud ambassador for this brand, and recommend their clothing with all my heart! I have never worn so comfortable and stylish looking henleys before in my life, and I have a whole bunch of them! ❤ You will get 20% off their webstore by using the code INSTA20MATILDE :)

Where did you find my blog? Comment below and enjoy the photos!

Peace, love and Friesian hugs,
Batman & Matilde

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New cordeo

Wohoo! Another yellow package arrived from Denmark, and it is Batman’s new cordeo! Daniel was like “Yep, more Danish tack for Mr. Batman!”, haha! Of course handmade by the one and only and now officially Batman’s tack designer Ronja Overgaard! ❤ (Follow her Instagram here)

I love everything about this cordeo and it will be perfect for this years photoshoots!

What do you think? It is gorgeous, right?

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