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Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 27 mars 2013 22:43

We are absolutey super bored with this constant never ending rain, mud and cold but yesterday we wrapped ourselves up and had lunch on the veranda, abit chilly but still! 

Yesterday at lunchtime


Unfortunately bay beauty USA horse did not pass vetcheck and with those xrays I am glad vet did not recommend his sale, he is now taken off the sale list. All happens for a reason and J & K will get the best horse as one thing leads to another.. :)

Halagador is spending time paddocking and seems to love life being the stud of the stable. He is such a quiet boy, the mare and foal pass him and he just looks at them in admiration without saying a word, such a gentleman. I had found him a home in USA but when we now tested for piro one of his tests where doubtful which means he cannot fly  as there is a risk for bloodlevels passing the limit when the horse is exposed to stress. So no USA home for Hagge :( He is ok for Europe, Mexico as all countries as different import protocols, his price is now also adjusted accordingly now so- who wants our black beauty!? I hope he will find his new person soon as I have no time to train him as my priorities lies elsewhere now. He is happy though I know he could be happier with his own person. 

Halagador keeping an eye on mother and son

Here Start and I grazing, only good with this rain is that WHEN sun will be back the grass growth will explode, yum can't wait to get them all on that grass!

Starti posing in front of almond blossom

Viggo loves his new play-mate Tico, when he was in hospital he searched him stall to stall and cried when he did not find him, very cute pair! Little guy is having to do indoor gym as I don't want my mother-of-pearl-cutie-pie to get wet, he's cantering around in stable whilst me and mother do the stalls. My pride and joy! 

And finally a pic of my new shopping-object! It is 1 year since I lost Laia and I have since then been searching for the one that can replace her and be my third broodmare, now I think I have found her <3


Back to work and new plans for new USA candidate + France and Sweden visits coming up!



Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 25 mars 2013 22:05

Keeps raining and raining here, not sure what's the matter with climate but it's not very normal for sure. There is mud all over and all horses stayed in today and with window-views and a good selection of hay they did not complain. Pica is ready for insemination, Donoso will send his swimmers tomorrow from his office in Aranjuez. Starti got a workout and was a happy chap. We are cleaning and cleaning, it never seems to end but box by box, little by little it gets done. And today we got out new red stall doors, hurra! Next project is painting, any suggestions for colour? Just not white.. 


Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 24 mars 2013 21:55

Today was last day of medicating Tico, it has been a intense week of babywatching and he has been out when the weather has allowed. He is now f u l l of energy and it's such a joy to see him play with mummy running behind trying to catch up! With new stables and so much to do with that I just taken a break from training, stables are being cleaned inside out, new doors arrive tomorrow, fences are being removed and it is just alot to do, basically everything needs renovation. We are lucky to have very much appreciated help! So for first time in years I have not ridden at all for 2 weeks, Start and Halagador has been chilling out in paddocks rolling around in the mud. Donoso is still in Aranjuez and I have not seen him for 3 weeks, uff, so my priority this week is to go and see him, miss my boy! He is doing his stud-job and we are now also freezing for USA and Australia, exciting!

DONOSO VII is a Champion Calificado Prix St George PRE stud - a dressage PRE with a abundance of spanish racetype, supreme intelligence, exquisite temperament and absolutely unique in beauty! More info on


Tomorrow Tico will have a re-vet visit and we will check Pica is ready for insemination. Nova is already inseminated and will be checked in April. 

Other than being super busy with everything I am of course spending all the rest of my time happily working with wonderful clients. This week no visitors but next one Germany and Sweden is coming so have been planning and preparing viewings for them. Look forward to be riding again tomorrow, wishing you a great new week everyone!

Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 21 mars 2013 21:35

Total with Korean clients; 1200 km, I hope they left for home with some good impressions, here's one!


Yesterday was a tough one, after being out all day long arrived home at 21.00 pm and then off to pick up baby Tico that is declared well and was signed out from hospital!   Luckily mum and son are wise even in the middle of the cold night, Pica went straight into trailer and waited there whilst we security packed door up with packets of hay and woodshavings, love her!

My little lovely is 1 week today, today we took the time to celebrate this watching him running and playing in paddock with his mum. Here's his homerun from today!

Ártico VIK 1 week old, well and happy   


Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 18 mars 2013 18:32

Tico is in hospital since yesterday evening. He was breathing very fast, seemed to get weaker, eat less and dehydrated so vet adviced me to take him for intensive care and have him checked up. He is slightly premature, 327 days, (300-325 counts as premature) and vet was worried his symptoms depended on this disposition which could be quite critical. I had a feeling it was something else becuase he has been very active and happy but he was very tired, slept alot and eyes seemed to sink in so of course I did not want to take any risks and in about 10 me and my mother had them both in trailer. They went straight in with the help of vet and off we went to Spains best hospital, I could drive but not speak. We were recieved by three very nice vets and both Tico and Pica got a thorough check up. All biochemical tests and blood were good, immunsystem too but there was a indication of possible infection that had not yet started, so it appeared we arrived in good time. Antibiotics and vitamins, and he is supervised at all hours, feels good but awful not to have him at home and of course very worried all the time, my baby! 

Yesterday evening

So to distract from yesterday's trauma we spent all day in stables, took boys out in paddocks.
Start and Hagge enjoying the mud


Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 14 mars 2013 14:30

Here the baby story; Yesterday afternoon Pica showed all signs except wax-pluggs (any other name anyone?) and we sat in stables and almost froze to death. In the meantime our doormen came around to make some noise and we breathed through that with zen-patience, Pica did not seem to bother though, she was in too much pain :(

Pobrecita Pica yesterday    
Nova being supportive next door

We thought we'd better go back and get caravancar to be able to continue our watch and so we did, nervous to leave them but my mother is the guru-baby-watcher so I went with her feeling. Back in stables 2 hours later, the benefit from getting also some food and heat in system was great. We drove back and met a quiet mother-to-be. At this point she also had wax-plugs, the only missing sign, getting closer.. So we had some tea and I went checkin in on her every 30 min. Nothing. Then we decided to get some rest and through sleep I heard my mother going out to stables. 1 min later she opened door and said she was giving birth, he had just peeked through and looked curious at us both! Brr it was the coldest night in Spain ever, just right for my Viking-boy to arrive :) Mum gave birth with the jacket on no problem and baby arrived well and full of energy, hurray!!! Picara greeted her baby, such a beautiful moment, and then stayed resting for a while whilst we dried baby with towels. I had wished for a isabelo colt without any white markings, and there he was - absolutely straight from that vision! Incredible joy!!



After some rest he told us he wanted to eat, so we helped him on his legs and he had his first meal. All in the timespan of 1,5 hour. Then we had some tea and went back for a little while but as he looked full and sleepy we decided to go to bed aswell. And that was that - no drama, only love and peace! Beautiful!

I finish off with some pics from 'Tico's' first evening walk today  

Ártico VIK



Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 14 mars 2013 02:46

Picara mother of pearl and her firstborn, a beautiful tall isabelo colt born in the coldest night of te year, Welcome to the world 'Artico VIK' !!! <3

Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 13 mars 2013 21:31

Hi! Writing directly from campervan outside stables, here we are waiting eagerly for Pica's baby :) Today we woke up to a snowstorm and it is the coldest it has ever been in Madrid. But here in a earm van with a cup of tea for us and doggies with their bones its not too bad! As renovation has started we have had NO doors so yesterday we arranged a provisional door for Pica and Nova stayed outside in patio, to keep them separated. We had a lovely warm spring day so who could imagine this today! We found poor Nova shivering from cold, she had opened the doors to the field and let all snow and wind in.. Blankets on quickly and another door arranged, and to our big happiness doormen came around with two new gorgeous red doors, they had been thinking we needed them for the mares and had them quickly prepared, hurray what nice people! To be continued..


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