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 Post subject: Hello from Slovenia!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:54 am 
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Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:13 pm
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Location: Slovenia
Hi everyone! :)
My name is Andreja and I am 19. Horses are love of my life since I was born. When we went on family trips, I remember looking out from the car window and hoping to see horses. At that time, just to see a horse made my day. Later my sister, cousin and I were attending horse camps during summer vacations, and finally, four years ago we got our own horses. My is an 8 year old gelding whose name is Zeljko.

At first Zeljko and me had problems when riding because sometimes I wasn’t able to stop him and he refused to go on outride when there were no other horses. The other thing is, he is very sensitive about his personal space. If you go directly into his space or if you jump around him, he puts his ears back, swishes the tail and sometimes wants to bite you.
Slowly, after the first three years, the relationship owner – horse started to change into a partnership. PNH helped me a lot with this, especially to understand horse psychology.
Then my dreams start to come true: he runs with me at liberty in pasture without fence, we go to outride with no bit and without fear of how to stop him, his focus is on me and not on everything else… He became a horse I ever dreamed of. :cheers:

I was looking for something like AND because I wanted to learn how to teach collection and how to reach it without a bit. I saved this website a long time ago on my computer but never used it because I was concerned about clicker training, therefore food rewards. This is because I have been already teaching Zeljko some tricks when I got him. He was consistently putting his ears back and I was a little bit afraid of it so I stopped doing that. But now I decided that it is time to try again and it is great! He doesn’t put ears back so much anymore and he isn’t rude while giving him treats. :)

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Zeljko and me

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at liberty

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on outride

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his friends

Regards, Andreja

P.S. sorry for my english :blush:


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Slovenia!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:04 am 
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Welcome Andreja! I hope you will enjoy it here. Your horse is LOVELY and it's nice to read about your journey so far.

Your english is fine!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Slovenia!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:07 am 
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Welcome, Andreja! :)

So nice that you have joined us and I am looking forward to reading about your adventures with your lovely horse. And please don´t worry about your English, it sounds just fine. Most of us are no native speakers, but we understand each other. Well, most of the time. :funny:

Warm Regards,
Romy


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Slovenia!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:27 am 

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Location: Western Cape, South Africa
Hi and welcome!!!

That last picture is sooo cute. All in a row watching what is happening. They all look so happy.

Looking forward to hearing and seeing more.
Best
Annette

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Slovenia!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:24 pm 

Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:27 pm
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Location: Corneto di Toano, Italy
Very welcome from me too!

Don't worry about the English: just add more pictures as they often say more than 1000 words...
And we love to see pictures! :cheers:

It seems you have been doing very well with Zeljko already.
I am sure you will find even more ideas and help to continue on this nice path!

Lots of success!

:thumleft:

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AnneMarie

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Slovenia!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:51 pm 
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Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:13 pm
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Location: Slovenia
Hi,
thank you all for welcome :) I will start a diary too.
I really enjoy this forum, here is so much interesting things to read. If only I would knew that before...

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sometimes in summer we go to a river that is about 3 hours from us and it is so much fun :)

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skiing in the winter

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and a kiss :)

regards, Andreja


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Slovenia!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:08 am 

Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:27 pm
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Location: Corneto di Toano, Italy
Andreja, I love the picture of the skiing! :smile:

It gives me a good idea about what we can do in winter when we have moved to Italy in the Appennine mountains.
Thank you for sharing this!
:love:

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