Life With A Friesian Dream

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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Life With A Friesian Dream

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!

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Peace, love and Friesian hugs,
Batman & Matilde

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Life With A Friesian Dream

52 questions

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Photo by Ada Marlene Vrolijk

Just because it is in the middle of the night and I’m bored!

1. How old are you?

22 years old! Most of my Instagram-followers think I’m much younger because I don’t wear any makeup and my face looks younger, haha.

2. Who is the last person you texted?
Daniel.

3. What is the last book you read?
“Kjære” (“Dear”) by Linnéa Myhre.

4. What is your favorite food?
Everything without dead animals in it.

5. What is your relationship status?
Very taken :D

6. Tell me three things most interesting about you
I’m very ambitious, and tend to push myself a little bit too hard. I’m very different as a person as most people expect me to be. People are chocked about how nice I am. Haha.

7. Are you a cat or dog person?
Guinea pig.

8. Describe a perfect day
Having a great day with Batman, taking lots of amazing photos, going home, editing photos while eating pizza, drinking Pepsi Max, eating a whole bag of vinegar chips and chocolate and listening to music.

9. Are you introverted or extroverted?
Mostly very extroverted.

10. What’s your best qualities?
I’m extremely empathic, creative, emotional and caring. And entertaining, because I tend to find myself in absurd situations all the time.

11. Choose one word to describe you
Awesome.

12. What’s your worst qualities?
I’m always stressed. I spend too much time on my phone. I’m both impatient and patient at the same time. I suck a taking time for myself. And I swear too fucking much.

13. What is your favorite tv show?
GAME OF THRONES!

14. Who is your OTP?
Jon & Ygritte ❤❤❤

15. Give me five hobbies you enjoy
Horsing around with Batman, writing blog posts and editing photos, watching medieval tv series, archery and traveling.

15. Pepsi or Coca-Cola
Pepsi Max.

16. Weirdest thing about you
Sometimes, I have random hiccups, and they are not like regular hiccups, the noise is seriously “MEEEEEEEEP” and it is loud.

17. Tell me one secret
I hate drunk people. I have never been drunk myself because of that.

18. Favorite dessert?
Chocolate mousse.

19. Sign?
Libra.

20. What is your hair and eye color?
Strawberry blonde and blue.

21. Pet peeve?
People causing delay when I’m literally running from A to B in the city. I’m a VERY fast walker and hate people moving around like confused penguins blocking my way.

22. If you could dye your hair any color right now, what would it be?
I don’t wanna dye my hair. My hair is perfect.

23. Pants or skirt?
Pyjamas!

24. What pets do you have?
Batman, my guinea pigs Molly and Cindy and a rescued rabbit called Mr. Elmer Etterstad.

25. Put your songs on shuffle, and tell me the first song that plays
Watchers On The Wall, Ramin Djawadi.

26. Tell me one thing that I would never guess about you
I did never finish my education, and started working when I was 17.

27. Biggest fear?
Losing my beloved ones.

28. Would you rather go back in time, or into the future?
I prefer 2016.

29. Lucky number?
I don’t believe in lucky numbers.

30. Gender?
Female.

31. If you could live in an alternate reality, which one would it be and why?
Unfortunately, I don’t think I would survive in Westeros …

32. Favorite genre of music?
Classical and rock.

33. Dream job?
I have created my dream job.

34. Celebrity crush?
I’m not attracted by celebreties in that way.

35. Craziest situation you’ve ever been in?
Oh my god, where to start… I was once running around in Dublin, and I tought I had spotted the old city on the map. On the tourist map, there was a drawing of a dragon by the old town. So I stopped a guy on the street and said “do you know where the old town is? Where they got dragons and stuff?” and he HONESTLY tought I had smoked pot. So he asked me why the hell I got that stuff. I might have been a little bit hyper, but damn.. I wish you could see his face when I asked him about dragons!

Another crazy and awesome situation was when I met Thirty Seconds to Mars in Oslo. The first time I met the band, I hugged Jared Leto a bit too hard I guess. They all remembered me, Shannon gave me a hug, I hugged back (of course!!!) and when I walked away, he suddenly shouted “she’s still a hard squeezer!”. I FELL TO THE FLOOR.

And a few weeks ago, I tried to kill a goddamn dog. It was a huge muscular dog who were about to rip a poor border collie to pieces. The big dog had the entire neck of the collie in its mouth, and the owners were screaming for help, and I had seriously never imagined to find myself in a situation like that. I seriously used all my power trying to hurt the big dog enough to make it open its mouth and let the collie go. I had no chance. I don’t know if the collie survived as it ran off when we finally got the big dog to loosen its grip, and the large dog bit the thumb of the collie-owner off during the rescue-attempts! It was blood everywhere, absolutely insane. I was shaky for a week after that.

36. Most annoying thing you’ve ever had to deal with?
JUDGING, RUDE HORSE-PEOPLE! Dammit, equestrians can be so mean to eachother!

37. Who is the first person you’ve ever kissed?
My boyfriend.

38. Give me the first ten books on your book shelve
Twisted Truths About Modern Dressage, The Biomechanical Basics of Classical Riding, The Art of Riding, Dancing With Horses, Reading the Horse’s Personality, A Search For Collection, Freedomdressage and Trick Training, Training the Horse In Hand, Working Equitation and Scholling Horses In-Hand.

39. Grab a random book and give me the first sentence
“I regret the fact that I did not ran myself to death”, Evig Søndag, Linnèa Myhre :(

40.Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mango!

41. Favorite line from a movie?
YOU KNOW NOTHING JON SNOW! I know, it’s not a movie, but honestly, I don’t care.

42. What would you do if you win the lottery?
The same as I do every day + buy more avocados.

43. What’s your lucky charm?
My triad-necklace.

44. Least favorite food?
Everything with dead animal parts in it.

45. Tell me about the last dream you can remember
My nightmare last night, it was horrible. To horrible to mention here.

46. Tell me about your best friend
Her name is Linn, she is the most awesome person on the plantet and she prefer to stay anonymous.

47. Dream role?
I hate acting.

48. What do you do on a rainy day?
Shoveling horse-shit in the mud.

49. What was the last thing you watched on Netflix?
The White Queen.

50. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Keeping Up With The Kardashians, sometimes, my brain needs to rest, and … and … I have no excuse, I’m so ashamed.

51. Which song are you listening to right now? 
This Land by Hans Zimmer.

52. Favorite quote? 
“Try and fail, but never fail to try”.

Life With A Friesian Dream

I’m broke and without pants

I’m not joking when I’m telling you that the last time I purchased a new pair of breeches was over three years ago. I currently own two. And now my rabbit ate one of them! So I’m basically out of breeches, which is very tragic, when you are an equestrian blogger and spend more time in the stable than home. So yeah, I admit, have officially failed as a equestrian blogger. HAHA! Most of my colleagues are like posting new fancy clothes on their blogs every day! My lack of interest in fashion is becoming more and more visible … XD

So, I need new breeches. In the perfect world, sponsors would throw this kind of stuff after me, but THEY DON’T! True story! (Your loss guys) If you, on the other hand, want to send me some clothes, please contact me HERE. Because as you all know, my horse is fucking expensive at the moment with three lame legs and I’m broke and without pants.

But while I will continue to work my ass off to get some money, I can at least decide which kind of breeches I will buy! My only requirements are:

– The breeches much be made out of NASA-material and last for at least three years of running around with Batman
– They must taste horrible, so my rabbit won’t eat them
– They must be really, really pretty because I’m having photoshoots every day
– They must fit my ridiculously long legs
– They must have pockets large enough to contain 8 carrots, an iPhone 6 and a blue whale

Which one does you like the best? :D

 

HORZE breecers
Horze Grand Prix Steelgrey + B Vertigo Skylar + Horze Grand Prix Black + Horze Crescendo Desiree, all from Horze

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CRW New Excellent + Annie Trend + Laura De Luxe Grip + Protection Fullgrip, from Hööks Europe, Horsemeup and Euro-Star