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Reeltje 10-08-2012 05:30 PM

Friesian Eefje's Journal
My very first journal in english. My very first journal at all. I hope you can forgive me for spelling errors or wrong words/sentences etc. :)

Eefje and I already been through a lot togheter and learned a lot from each other. I won't be able to tell everything from the beginning to now, but I'll tell our story broadly.

In 2010 there were 2 new horses (yearlings) in the stable, a beautiful black horse with beautiful white markings, and a not so pretty and unfriendly friesian horse. Their owner told me the friesian was named Eefje, and the other horse Efarose. I started to do things with the black horse, it was such a sweet animal, wouldn't hurt a fly. After a while she was sold, and the friesian went to a field with some welsh yearlings to grow up. I didn't mind she wasn't at the stable, because I didn't like her.

In 2011 she was back at the stable for a while. I decided to do something with her. Any time I opened her box, she turned her butt to me. Any time I came near her butt, she threatened to kick. Any time I touched her hindlegs, she kicked. Any time I tried to take her out of the field, she ran away. Any time I reached for her head, she put it up in the air, she didn't want me to touch her head. I didn't like her. I didn't have a 'connection' with her. But when I had nothing better to do, I went to her and tried to catch her, touch her, groom her. After a while I could brush her from head to tail without any attemt of kicking me (not the hidlegs yet).
Eefje with her best friend Annemoon.
After a while she went back to another field again until she became three. In January we picked her up and brought her back where she could walk in the field with Annemoon again. It was wintertime and in february, there was a lot of snow. You looked so cute.

So we practiced a lot with brushing, and now I can brush/touch all parts of her body. I can walk behind her, clean out her tail. She can give her front hoofs without any trouble. Stroke her head and she moves her head down instead of up in the air.
I made us a video (clips from the snow too! Haha, that was s beautiful!)

I learned her to walk, trot and canter on the lunge on voice command. I showed her not to be afraid of a bridle and saddle. I learned her how I could steer her with long reining.
I actually kinda started to like her. So I made another video!
(here you can see the lunging :) ) I feel so good when I watch this, almost can't remember how she was in the beginning. She improved so much!

For some change in work, I started tricktraining. I already did this sometimes with Annemoon. Annemoon is a really fast learner, but Eefje isn't as smart as Annemoon. :-P We don't train a lot, maybe once a week, if it's not less. I've got 2 video's, the first one is the day we started, the second is 1 or 2 months ago. You can see the improvement. We alreay improved a lot since the second video and learned some new stuff. And still learning!

I think that's the story to where we are now. From now I post the new things :D

And if you like it, here are some more video's about Eefje. :) Worth watching!(Especially the first and last :) )

Love, me and Eefje.

my2geldings 10-10-2012 07:06 PM

Gorgeous horse. Looking forwards to reading more about her.

Reeltje 10-11-2012 12:06 PM


Inga 10-11-2012 12:17 PM

She seems like a sweetheart. Glad you gave her a chance to show you how lovely she is.

Reeltje 10-11-2012 12:22 PM

This is about last weekend. Unfortunally I can only visit her on weekends. I live because of an internship on weekdays somewhere else for half a year (and maybe the other half too).

Saturday I wanted to do a little tricktraining again, whithout halter. This was the first time she really did great without halter! I am so proud of her. She used to walk away whenever I took her halter off. No halter meant no work to her. She followed me everywhere, she did what I asked, it was just great. We reapeated a few tricks she knew, and worked on other tricks wich needs to be improved.
Walking backwards while I stay in place went perfect that day! Only thing is, if she has to walk backwards while I stand behind her, she wants to turn around to face me. Needs a little more practice there :).
A little progress with spanish walk, she really has to think hard wat she has to do. 'First lift my leg up', 'My other leg now', 'Oh, don't forget my hindlegs!'. It's really funny to see the video of what I filmed, you can really see her think. You see her walk with her frontlegs and she's almost in the split and then she is like 'Oh darn, my hindlegs has to walk too!' :p It's really helpful for me too, to watch my video. Then I can see how she does things, and what I could do better. I can't see the 'whole picture' when I stand beside her.
At the end of the training she's always tired, and yawns all the time, so I started to put a command on that too. A few times it worked, she yawned on command! I think she has forgotten it next weekend, but that's ok, after a few times she will understand what I want :)

So all in all, it was a very good day, and I'm very satisfied!
I also made a video, but I did something wrong and now it's not how I made it. So I will maybe try to fix it :)

Reeltje 10-11-2012 12:23 PM

Double post, can I delete this?

countryryder 10-11-2012 06:50 PM

She's beautiful!
And I love your videos;what program do you use to put them together?

Reeltje 10-12-2012 01:27 PM


Originally Posted by countryryder (Post 1715746)
She's beautiful!
And I love your videos;what program do you use to put them together?

Thank you!
I use Sony vegas pro 11.0 :)

Reeltje 10-14-2012 01:18 PM

Today I found out Eefje wasn't in the field or box. I asked the owner's wife and she told me that they were bringing her to a training stable to learn her to walk in front of a horsecart and maybe to learn her riding too!
I'm so excited! And I hope she'll learn really fast so she wil come back soon :D

The owner's got a horsecart he has never used :')
He also has got a cart for a pony, but it's too big for his section A welsh ponies. So maybe he'll trade one of his welsh mares for a section B welsh pony! I hope that will still happen, he wanted to pick the pony up when he brought Eefje away. But the owner of that pony hasn't return his calls yet unfortunataly.
It would be fun, maybe I could ride her.

So today I played and hugged with Annemoon, Jewel and Cornelia in the field. And played with the stallion foal Highlight and is mum Caramel in their box :D It was fun too!
I really wanted to train with Eefje again today, because last week it went so well without halter! And now I have to wait very long until she's back :( But I'm really excited too see how she will come back.

Reeltje 10-15-2012 10:18 AM

I fixed the video of last weekend, so here it is :)

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