Thursday, October 23, 2008

What Gait / Fjola

What gait is this Icelandic Horse, Fjola, doing?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Welfare of the Icelandic Horse

Where do you stand on the issue of the welfare of the Icelandic Horse?

Do you support the use of weights, forced frames, bad use and placement of equipment, manipulated gaits?

Do you buy from, take clinics from, verbally or financially support, those individuals and / or organizations who use or allow the above practices?

A few quotes from Albert Einstein:

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

"Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

Is this a "natural" horse?

If so, why is it tied up and bound so tightly with leather straps when ridden, with metal on it's feet, back, and mouth, and forced into pretzel frames?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

CIRP Saddle Technology

New saddle technology allows saddle to conform to horse's back, per Ron Friedson:

Monday, October 13, 2008

No Nosebands!

Tandri, an Icelandic Horse stallion, being trained with no noseband! He is learning to use the bit as a tool of communication and not one that controls him through pain.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Yvonne's First Horse

Yvonne's very first horse, in 1963, was an Icelandic Horse, in Germany. His name was Serkur.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Diddi Rides Icelandic Horse


"The Association of Trainers contributed to the show a very entertaining and informative event which was a demonstration implemented by Master Sigurbjörn Bárðarson ...."Sigurbjorn supported his show with a little tale where he explained how important it is that we, the Icelandic horse people, do not forget the roots of Icelandic horse riding and do not get lost in our thirst for innovation. Finally at the end of his presentation, Sigurbjorn said that we should not learn from foreigners how to ride the Icelandic horse. They should learn from us. His show was extremely well received by the spectators." -- Eidfaxi.Full story in Icelandic: story in Icelanglish:

Monday, October 6, 2008

My Icelandic Horse Mare

These are a couple of pictures taken on a ride
with my Icelandic Horse mare.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Clipping Your Icelandic Horse

Sometimes when you start out clipping your Icelandic Horse, it seems to be harder than you thought!

Does the pony look more like a patchwork quilt?

Never fear! We have more information for you about how to do a good job in clipping for the seasons.

It's important to start with a clean horse, and the right equipment.

You can find more information about what you need and how to clip your Icelandic Horse:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

TTouch / TTeam

Upcoming Clinics:

November in Texas and California. Click onto the flier above for more info, or go to the Ttouch website.

Open to all levels of skill and experience; each participant is treated with respect, support and encouragement

[] Develop a new level of trust between you and your horse

[] Improve your horse’s athletic ability with the Playground for Higher Learning

[] Learn the fun of bridless riding — whether in the saddle or simply in admiration

[] Participants work and share together, assessing progress each day

[] TTouches for stress reduction and well-being for you and your horse

[] Learn the “Joy of Riding” through awareness and simple techniques

[] Discover how to communicate with your hands and your heart

[] Learn the scientific evidence of why the “Mystery of TTouch” is so effective