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my name is ronja and together with my great animal family we life in western stara planina mountains on our off grid farm, 40 km from Sofia.
our mountain here is rough, you should be fit, have good shoes and mountaineering experience as well as being a fast thinker. i m not up to babysitting city kids.
i need help with all the horse work, cleaning, feeding, fencing with e-fence and general care.
my 6 ponies need riding and the youngsters and my grandpa shetty d like some light work, a bit of liberty, walks and brushing and lots of cuddling. also i need a helper sometimes, to break them in for driving and things like that, sometimes 2 hands are not enough on 4 hoofs ;)
i brought some of my horses with me from germany, some i ve bred myself from my mares. we re a family and my horses happiness and needs always come first.
my horses are my two leading mares, german riding pony and gotland pony, 14 y, my shetty who is 20y, a heavy pony i ve bred with the gotland, she is 7y, her younger brother 3y and the daughter of the riding pony, 5y. so we got everything really :)
you should not be heavier then 65kg to be able to also ride the gotland and the 5y and very sporty, as my place is steep and the work sometimes is tough.
you need to be an experienced horse person that s highly reliable and a good and calm rider that enjoys riding out in the mountains.
my horses are all really tame and well ridden. they don t get hit and they don t get screamed at. i will not allow any lack of self control and politeness around them.
they life in open stable with access to grassy fields, in winter they get hay and oats, mineral and salt they get all year long.
i ride dressage, classical dressage and work a lot with body language. i do some liberty and some ray riding. in summer we go to the villagers horse races too, welcome to join us! :)
i d love to do some little few day rides with tent and everything and all the horses as soon as you and me and them feel as a team if you re interested. that s real and real cool adventure :)
our farm is really off grid and i only slowly manage to make it real nice for living. so outdoor shower, outdoor toilet. but you have an own room with fireplace and nice view.
it s a nice opportunity for ppl that love ponies and can t get enough time riding in the mountains and brushing and cuddling around with them and love the mountains and mountain lifestyle and don t mind the lack of luxury.
i ve been infected with the horse virus at the age of 12, got my first own pony with 18, have learned from some pros and completed a long ride and i m sure you will be able to learn a few things from me and i hope i can learn some from you too.
i m a bit of a loner and my place is very lone so if u re really really social and need lot of human company maybe u ll feel a bit alone. (doggos, cats or horses company u ll never lack here, promise!)
i do have real nice neighbors tho, we meet up for brunch with rakia, celebrate together and help each other a lot too. I live in bulgaria for 7y.
i don t like hippies, "spiritual" or religious ppl and other conspiracy theorists.
with us life our two cane corsi security guys. they re real well behaved and cuddly too and live outside. there are two cats that go every where and also are friendly. i got a few chickens too for eggs and a bio garden.
if you re up for some balkan adventure with a real nice crew (and me, haha) contact me and please include your education as a rider and horse person as well as what your motivation and goals in the work with hoses are in detail.
we re looking forward hearing from you!
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
you can learn about horses. i can take you along to meet and help the village community, the old ppl will love to show u everything u ask to get shown (my ppl already had covid so our life is back to normal out here :) ) and u can come along to the village horse races.
You will mock out, keep the fence intact, help me with hoof care and breaking in, ride and work with the horses, clean the horses and sometimes stay a day or night alone here to watch the place and feed everyone around when i m not here.
This host offers a language exchange
german is my mother tongue, english is the language i talk with all my friends and bulgarian is the language of my rural life. i speak all of em sufficient and none perfect :) happy to practice any of em no matter who of us is the one of the better command :)
my place is a 100 y old mountain farm. it has zero luxury maybe ;) but a great view. it is not so bad. u got an own room in the main house with a fireplace, i live in another building next to it. shower and toilet are outside. i sleep outside on the horse field or the hay storage in the summer but i guess everyone how she likes ;)
food is vegetarian and plenty, lot s of coffee, in the evening a drink usually. u can smoke in your room if u need to, i smoke in my room and in the kitchen too but in the kitchen of course not if u d mind. here s WiFi but not too huge data plan.
we share the housework equal, i m a great cook and i don t mind the dishes so stuff should be smooth ;)
my place is a bit less then 1 h by bus or train plus 1 h walking from sofia. once u got used to the climb u ll be alright going to sofia for a day or night. also here is one of the nicest places in the balkan mountains, the iskar gorge, great for hiking, climbing and so on, check it out.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
my internet plan is not too huge but i think many ppl have their own pretty good data plan? there is a 4g field with view above the house ;) u have an own room and usually it s quiet here so work should go smooth.
if you have a real good truck and u know to drive it well it is possible to reach my place when the way is dry.
my animals are all friendly, social and well behaved. if yours is too and will behave well with all my animals and the communication between the two of you works smoothly and without shouting i guess ur friend is welcome too.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week