W H A T P E O P L E D E S I R I N G TO P U R C H A S E H O R S E S
need to know
W: Wild... horses are wild animals; this must be understood and respected.
H: Horses are herd animals, they enjoy and need the company of other horses to thrive and be happy.
A: Attentive...the needs of horses must be attended to by owners. Horses are not able to communicate their needs so owners must be aware of them.
T: Training... horses must be well trained by experienced qualified trainers.
P: Prey...horses are prey animals. As such they are innately cautious and sensitive to their environment and everything in it.
E: Experience...there is no substitute for experience. If you’re interested in buying a horse make sure you first experience the animal, repeatedly.
O: Observe...do not take a sellers word for anything concerning a horse you’re interested in. Observe first-hand every aspect of the animal.
P: Predator...you are a predator (unless you’re a vegetarian) to your horse. As such you must work hard to gain his or her trust.
L: Love...most owners of Icelandic horses truly do love their horses and the horses sense this
E: Experience...make certain all professionals that serve your horses’ needs have plenty of experience. This includes Vets, trainers, farriers, handlers
D: Daily...horses need daily contact with people and other horses. The greater the contact the better the relationship.
E: Exceptional...the Icelandic horse is an exceptional breed from many perspectives. Most important is that it is exceptionally human friendly.
S: Smell...the horse’s sense of smell is it’s most keenly developed. It can remember a person’s smell after a twenty year absence, hence blowing in a foal’s nose begins a life-long relationship.
I: Intuition... horses are very intuitive and are constantly on the watch for danger. If a person is fearful or angry or relaxed the horse will sense it.
R: Respect is fundamental in a horse’s life. In the herd there is always a pecking order and a clear leader. You MUST be herd’s alpha. Therefore, earn the horse’s respect BEFORE you try to become its friend.
I: Initiative...always take the initiative when riding your horse. You must be and remain in control throughout the ride.
N: Needs... make sure you know all of your horse’s needs and meet them. Worming, shoeing/and or trimming, feeding grain only AFTER hay, providing mineral blocks, are all needs we can't ignore.
G: Gaited...one of the most desirable attributes of the Icelandic horse is its unique gait, the tolt. The hoof pattern is similar to the walk only much faster. As such it provides an unparalleled comfortable riding experience. Unlike some other gaited breeds the Tolt is completely natural to the Icelandic horse.
T: Training...the single most important factor to enjoying your Icelandic horse. To be effective training must begin at an early age and be performed by a qualified trainer. Insist on knowing the specific history of training of any horse you are considering for purchase.
O: Objective...consider all available objective information before making a purchase decision. In the case of Icelandic horses there is a wealth of information available on-line through Worldfinger.
P: Practice...to become a better rider you must ride and take lessons. It is essential that your horse be ridden on a regular basis. Not only is this important exercise, but the horse will become stronger and better mounts.
U: Understand...take the time to understand the cause of your horse’s behavior, and you can often solve the problem. For instance if your horse refuses to be trailered, leave the trailer open with feed in it for a few days before you plan to trailer him. Never leave a horse in a trailer unnecessarily.
R: Relief...everything a horse does when being ridden is for relief. It stops, not because you are pulling on the reins, but because it wants you to stop pulling and knows you will if it stops.
C: Contact...horses thrive on contact with their owners and other horses. The process of caring for the horse deepens the relationship with the owner. Regular brushing, bathing, feeding and riding are essential to maximizing your relationship with your horse.
H: Healing...horses do get sick and injured, and in most cases do not complain. Colic is a primary cause of premature death. If a horse stops eating assume it has colic and seek immediate treatment. With only one stomach and the inability to regurgitate, colic leads to bowel obstruction and possibly an excruciating death.
A: Aids...horses have an acutely developed sense of touch. Riders communicate with horses through aids that largely involve touch. A well trained horse will respond to aids. However, if the rider is not well trained most will confuse the horse.
S: Sight...the sense of sight is one of the less developed senses a horse has. It can’t see anything directly in front of it which is why one should never approach a horse from directly in front of it.
E: Experience...to become a better rider you need to ride, and ride on a regular basis.
H: Hearing...like most prey animals horses possess a very keen sense of hearing. As such they can be trained to respond to verbal aids. Tone of voice plays an important part in all communication.
O: Obedience...as a herd animal, horses vie for position within the herd. You must be the leader and enforce discipline, if you don’t, you will lose control over your horse.
R: Reliance...your horse relies on you for its various needs including health, food, exercise, companionship, comfort and a positive state of mind. Meet these responsibilities and your horse will reward you with years of enjoyment and companionship.
S: Safety...always put safety first. This is particularly important when non-horse-people are around your horse for the first time, especially children. Remember, horses are wild, prey animals and people are potential predators.
E: Etiquette...treat your horse with respect and demand respect in return
Folda fra Svanavatni
Imported, black, 5-gaited first prize Icelandic mare born in 1991. Excellent training. Perfect horse for someone new to Icelandics ... lots of energy, tolts and paces for anyone. Can be sold bred to Tjaldur fra Holum.
Flikka from Icelandic Creations
4-gaited mare, daughter of Tjaldur fra Holum and 2nd prize Icelandic mare, Snerra fra Saudarkroki. Extremely intelligent, needs intermediate rider. Wonderful "rocking chair" tolt. Flikka has had extensive professional training and has been evaluated: Born in 2002
Freyja from Icelandic Creations
5-gaited 10-year old mare, daughter of first prize Folda and first prize Tjaldur. Freyja has an awesome pace and loves to go. Professionally trained and evaluated: 8,0 for pace ! Freyja is an exceptional Icelandic horse.
Frigg from Icelandic Creations
Frigg was the highest evaluated domestically-bred Icelandic horse in North America when she was evaluated for conformation in 2008 with an 8.29 for conformation. Professionally trained, Frigg has a wonderful tolt. Born in 2004. Sire is Tjaldur and dam is Snerra fra Saudarkroki.
Falki from Icelandic Creations
Eight-year-old Falki received an 8.0 for conformation at an official Young Icelandic Horse Evaluation in 2011. Falki is a friendly, easy going horse with a gorgeous mane and tail. Recently gelded, Falki has been started under saddle.
Just starting training, pretty five-year-old Elska is the son of Tjaldur and palomino Icelandic mare, Soley from West Wind (Soley is daughter of first prize Icelandic palomino stallion Flygill fra Mosfellsbae).
Haukur from Icelandic Creations
Born in 2009, Haukur, son of Falki and Snerra, is an extremely friendly, strong, young Icelandic gelding. Haukur will be 14 hands, like grandfather Tjaldur, and already has his father's beautiful mane.
Orn from Icelandic Creations
Born in 2009, gelding Orn is the son of Tjaldur and Folda. Quiet and gentle, when trained, Orn will make a loyal and trustworthy riding partner.
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Frida fra Kirkjuferhjaleiga is available !
Imported, 4-gaited Frida is the daughter of Tjaldur and Bara fra Bjarnastodum. Frida is fun and reliable on the trails.
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Hausti from Icelandic Creations
A beautiful palomino gelding,two-year-old Hausti is the son of Falki and Soley from West Wind. Very sweet and friendly, Hausti has a great, natural tolt.
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Ísabella from Icelandic Creations
Born in 2011, chestnut fillY out of first prize Frigg from Icelandic Creations and wonderful first prize stallion Hjörtur frá Holtsmúla I, IS1998186693. Ísabella received 7.8 for conformation, 7.9 for character and 8.0 for ability gates at a Young Horse Assessment in 2011 and was described as a 5 gaited filly with excellent gait separation and good movements.
Píla from Icelandic Creations
Born in 2011, filly out of first prize Folda frá Svanavatni and Tjaldur frá Hólum. Píla is a pretty, five-gaited, friendly young lady. A real sweetheart!
Soley from Westwind
10-year-old Soley is a 4-gaited palomino, daughter of first prize stallion, Flygill fra Mosfellsbae. She is the mother of Elska and Hausti. Soley suffered an injury to her hip in a slip and fall as a youngster so has had only minimal saddle training as the uneveness of her hips does cause stiffness. She is therefore available at a very reasonable price and can be sold bred to Tjaldur. Click on photo for more pics.
Tjaldur fra Holum
Champion first prize Icelandic stallion, judged one of the top ten Icelandic stallions in the world when evaluated in Iceland in 2003. Wonderful temperament, talented and flashy. Appeared in many Pfizer-Fantasia shows at Equine Affaires in Massachusetts & Ohio. Has fathered many beautiful offspring. Born in 1995. Also available for live cover and AI.