New from Belgium! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 04-13-2012, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Belgium (Flanders)
Posts: 22
• Horses: 1
New from Belgium!

Hi, I'm Sarah! I registered yesterday but I was so busy making a page for my horse and asking critique on my riding that I hadn't discovered this section yet.

So, I registered here because it looks so much fun to me to see how people interact with horses all over the world. It's also a way to exercise my English a little bit. I'm on a Dutch forum as well, which is almost as elaborate as this one, but it's only about people and horses from the Netherlands and Flanders.

I'll now tell a bit about myself: I'm 19 years old and I'm in my first year of higher education. I study Applied Languages Spanish-English-Dutch, but I haven't graduated yet so my English is not perfect and my Spanish definitely isn't. If there are people here who speak Spanish or French, you can always send me messages in that language. I like to practice (I learned some French in high school and I don't like it that I'm now totally mixing it up with Spanish).

I've been riding horses since I was 10, mostly in riding schools. I've never had a horse of my own and I think I should be a better rider than I am after 9 years. But I've accepted that I just don't have the talent . I started leasing a horse from the riding school last summer, Libella, and I ride competitions on beginner level with her. We are apparently good enough to be selected for the provincial tournament (there is no national for beginners) for the second time now (first time in the summer season, now for the winter season), although lately I sometimes wonder how I did that .

I'm still dreaming about having a horse of my own, not just for competitions (I don't really care so much about that, although it's fun), but for building up a friendship with him/her. I want do do some natural horsemanship stuff, barebackriding, ... just having fun.

So I don't have a horse (yet) but I do have some other farm animals: 7 rabbits, a cat, 2 ducks, 1 chicken, 1 cock (who is very aggressive) and a goose. The cat and the chicken are my favourites. The rabbits are also very cute but they prefer to be left alone. And the ducks and goose are very funny to watch, but they're actually my mother's.

Besides animals, I also like music, travelling, partying, having fun with friends,... I like most styles of music, from the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel to heavy metal. Only things I don't like are dubstep, most Flemish songs and Justin Bieber. My favourite band is Flogging Molly (Irish-American folkrock).
I've always loved travelling, but lately I don't go abroad very often and never for a long time, because of Libella and the animals at home. When I was younger I went with my parents to France, Italy, Canada, Cyprus, Switzerland and Austria. We went skiing in Austria and Switzerland, but we also went there to hike in summer. I've also been in Germany and the Netherlands, but mostly just for one or two days or to pass from Belgium to Austria. In third grade I went to Scotland for an Orienteering Championship (ISF). But I only got selected for that because there hardly was any competition in Belgium. I got lost a couple of times in Scotland. And last year I went to England for 2 days with the riding club people to watch a cross country championship. That was my travelling history. So I've never been to the US, although I crossed the border once in a boat at the Niagara Falls in Canada .

Any questions? Just ask.
Sarahbalou is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 04-13-2012, 08:24 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Posts: 3,679
• Horses: 5
Hi and Welcome. I also Have Belgian Roots (my father is Belgian and we still maintain a home about 30 mins from Liege). I'm however from the French speaking side of Belgium, I was brought up speaking English Primarily and French a very close second to it. Your Written English is far better than my written French!!
My dutch is limited to the ferry announcments and the very basics of "hello", "good bye" and "where is the bar"!
My German is a bit strange in that it is fairly basic for a lot of things but for some areas (Horses) it is quite advanced.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

faye is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 04-13-2012, 08:38 AM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 390
• Horses: 2
Hi, and welcome to the forums!!
Adam is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 04-13-2012, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Belgium (Flanders)
Posts: 22
• Horses: 1
@faye: Thanks for your reaction!
My written English is quite good I think, except for the horse-related stuff, but I guess I will learn that through this forum. Listening and reading isn't really a problem either (I watch most movies and series without subtitles and I read English books), but speaking is . I'm supposed to develop a British accent.
I've learned some German too in high school, but I can't really speak or write it. Reading German is much easier for me.
I plan to go on an exchange program in my third year, hopefully to Ireland, the UK or Malta.

@Adam: thanks!
Sarahbalou is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 04-13-2012, 02:49 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Surrey BC
Posts: 6,716
• Horses: 0
Welcome Sarah
my foster parents were from the Netherlands and so I know how to speak a
little Dutch
Nice to see you here

Country Woman

Country Woman is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 04-13-2012, 10:41 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Alabama
Posts: 4,495
• Horses: 0

Being horseless is the pits!!
HorseLovinLady is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 04-13-2012, 11:49 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 40,765
• Horses: 2
Tampoco tengo yo un caballo. A mi me gustan los caballos, y he tenido el sueno de tener un caballo desdue que era nina, pero no es possible. Ahora you monto a caballo dos o tres veces la semana. Es un caballo que yo pago la mitad, pero no es el mio. El se llama Mac, y es un Appalousa.
Bienvenido a HorseForum

(I can't do accents on my computer, so this is wierd Spanish)
tinyliny is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 04-14-2012, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Belgium (Flanders)
Posts: 22
• Horses: 1
Thanks all of you!
Sarahbalou is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New one from Belgium Elly Meet the Community 4 12-03-2011 10:55 PM
All the way from Belgium :) catzkillz Meet the Community 7 04-03-2011 10:46 AM
Hi from Belgium! JosieAmani Meet the Community 2 08-02-2010 02:44 PM
My Belgium trips a lot..anyone else?? Belgiumdream Draft Horses 8 07-05-2010 09:48 PM
Hello from Belgium!! Daico Meet the Community 8 07-26-2008 03:57 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome