Our Perception

I took this photo with my mobile phone, it is the current magazine cover of one of the most successful tack shops in Switzerland.

What is wrong with this photo? Can you see it? Can you feel it?

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It came by post mail, the X-Max special edition, with the newest fashion for rider and horse, and a lot of gift ideas. On top of it a voucher attached worth of 10 Swiss Francs.

The sweet girl, smiles in the camera while she hugs her pony. Anticipation of Christmas seems to be the message. Christmas…the time of love.

Let’s have a closer look at the pony now. Can you see it? Look in his eyes. Can you feel it?

The mouth is enormously tied up. The flash noseband cuts around the sensible mouth. The horse is not able to swallow its own saliva and can’t escape the pressure on the palate, where there are many nerves…

I don’t want to go into details about the torture equipment, which you can buy as a present to your dear ones. I want to talk about our perception and our awareness. Continue reading

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Hay, Hay and Hay

It’s interesting that I spent over 15 years being around horses, mainly used for riding, but didn’t know a fraction of what I learned in just 1 year having my own horse.

Looking back I have to laugh but also feel ashamed. How naïve I was, how little I knew about horses and how trustworthy I felt towards people that I thought new everything about horses, because they were trainers or simply because they owned horses. All the knowledge I have now, I self-studied in just 1 year and every day I learn something new. Everything has changed when Ari entered my life.

One of the most important topics for me, is the feeding of horses. I think by now every horse person should, and probably does know, how important good quality and the availability of hay for our horses are. If a horse has nothing to eat for more than 4 hours this can cause metabolic disorders. There are thousands of very good articles to be found in books or for free in the internet, so I don’t want to go into the specifics. But want to talk about the availability of hay.

So, most of you will know that the ideal feed is a constant availability of high qualitative hay, especially, if the pasture size and grass is limited. Preferably, ad libitum, which means that the horse has constant access to hay and can eat as much as he desires.

A lot of people will say that this is impossible, my horse would get fat and would not stop eating and instead becoming sick. Continue reading

Dear Timo

In 2014 my friend Beva offered my a season job in her art gallery in Mykonos. An opportunity I could not say no to. I quit my office job and on August 1st 2014 I flew to Mykonos to help her out for one month.

Mykonos, this beautiful, magical island, who has so much more to offer than tourism. This island, where you can feel the ancient mysteries of greek gods. You just have to listen very closely 🙂

I spent my first days getting familiar with my new surrounding and working place, which was also my sleeping place and home for one month. The gallery was located in a touristic street in the centre of Mykonos. In Mykonos everything is allowed! It doesn’t matter if you are black or white, christian or muslim, gay or straight. And the nights turn into a catwalk and everyone is showing their true self. Every single being seems to open up to their true self, where no one is judging.

Since I always had a deep connection to Greece I felt at home immediately. I was mainly working the nights and had the days for myself. Just being on my own, enjoying swims in the aegean see, having the best coffee and just living the moment. And at night being in the most creative environment and selling art. I mean, can it get any better? Continue reading

The “No Riding” Thing

I think so far I have never experienced such a beautiful autumn as this year. You can tell winter is ahead, the mornings and nights are getting cold. But the sun is warming up the days. The leafs on the trees are shining in the most magnificent reddish colours. Everything is alive and yet seems to slow down for the cold winter days…

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On my walk with Ari today I met two strangers who asked me the very same questions. Why don’t I ride my horse? I hear this question from time to time, from random people I meet on our walks, and I usually like to take the time to explain a bit further, depending on how interested the people really are. Continue reading