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  • Do fjords make good 1st horses
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    12-04-2010, 07:50 PM
Green Broke
I thought I sold her but the lady can't come up with 550.She told me she would take her and then she changed her mind with 24 hours..I want her to go to a good home.

I do have pictures of her. If you know anyone who is interested in her she is still for sale at a very low price.Im selling her as a cross have been told by many people here that she is purebred.I can not be certain due to no papers.

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    12-04-2010, 09:10 PM
Green Broke
If she is purebred, then she definitely was malnurished, because she should have ALOT more muscle/fat/weight to her. These horses can practically live off dirt (so to speak).
She also doesnt have the cresty neck that most all Fjords have.
Also, i'm pretty sure reg.Fjords are microchipped, so all you'd have to do would be to call the vet to come out & scan her to find out ;)
    12-13-2010, 06:03 PM
The fjord is a tough breed.. Original it was bred as a farm-horse to be used in farms here in Norway. It was used to all sort of work, before the trakctor and the machines. It was used in the woods pulling timber, in the fields and as a transporter into town, mainly as a driving-horse . It was never bred for riding. Therefore it will never have the qualities of a purebred riding-horse. You have to work twice as hard to achieve the same goals, but when you get there it will be the best feeling ever :)

The "problem" with them leaning on the bit and beeing hard in the mouth has more with the rider to do, I belive. The fjord has a strong will, the more you pull the more I will pull back. And the problem with them not bending? What is that? A horse wich is not able to bend is a weak horse or a sick horse...

If you put down enough work in your fjords they will be amazing horses, but as I said before they have to be strong enough for the task. Just because they are a tough breed, do not mean that they can preform without training.
    12-16-2010, 05:28 PM
That was some helpful information that you gave Idamyrum. I agree with what you say. The young Fjord colt (6month) that we have just purchased and started in ground training has been very compliant, gentle, & easy to work with. He learns very quickly to lead, turn, back, pick up feet etc. without any fuss- just a couple of times & he's there and going. He has never been worked with before & is so easy to train. In one hour he is doing turns, backing, leading & stopping when asked without crowding or pushing ahead. We are very hopeful that as he continues to learn he will be a well rounded horse for many disciplines. So, as you said- one must put in the time & training first to get a good horse later. Thanks.
    01-17-2011, 11:39 PM
Thought I would give an update to the 6 month Fjord colt "Odin" We've had him one month now and already he cross ties easily, stands for leg washes, leads easily without crowding, stops when we stop, side-passes with a finger press to his shoulder, backs on the word command "BACK", Jogs beside us on a loose lead,
Walks over an old mattress 1st try, rolls highly painted steel drums, and more. I'm very happy with this little guy and his fun disposition. I'll update later on his training & thanks everyone for the encouragement to purchase a Fjord. He was green & the husband was just as green- a perfect choice for the husbands first horse encounter. Very easy to train and a very small bag of tricks.
    01-18-2011, 12:17 PM
Green Broke
Great to here! We'll have to see pics soon!!
    01-18-2011, 02:36 PM
Did you actually purchase on of the Fjords after all? Which one did you get - the mare or the gelding & how are you getting on with it? I find that Odin is so silly over ice, snow & water. He loves them. Hard to keep him dry.
    01-18-2011, 04:23 PM
Green Broke
I did! I got the mare (in my avatar), only because the owners were interested in one of my mares as well & wanted to do a trade. She's 10, though has been a pet most of her life & spoiled so she's only greenbroke & very pushy!
We're working on it though. She doesn't understand turning & such but she's so laid back & patient that nothing phases her nor does she get overly frustrated (the only thing she does when she gets upset is shake her head and squeal lol!).
She also doesn't spook very easily. Such a calm breed. I love them
    06-25-2011, 10:53 AM
I have been around Fjords for years, since I live in Norway they are pretty common here. I hate to be a party pooper Gidget but I can almost garantee that your pony is not a pure bred Fjord. The dun color is off, the neck is too skimpy...even if it were malnurished the neck should still have it's characteristic (?) curve. You can cross breed a Fjord with pretty much anything and it will still be dun because the genes are so dominant.
Serious/professional breeders of fjords get them registered at are usually chipped. Here in Norway all horses have to be chipped and registered, don't know how it works in America.

Other then that Fjords are great pony's! They are very loyal, and make fantastic allrounders :) Some can be a bit heavy to ride, but I think that comes alot from the owners and breeders. The horse is how you make it to be. When I got my second fjord he didnt know anything, to get him to trot was out of the question, 2 years later and he's doing gallop changes, versade, travers and lots of other fancy dressage moves, and is a great eventing pony. I sold him last year unnfortunatly. I have a knee injury and when it gets better I might be borrowing this horse for a while.

    06-25-2011, 11:37 AM
Green Broke
They need to be chipped around here too. Sometimes they don't get chipped, in which case any offspring they have are not eligible for registration. I still havent got mine scanned to see if she's registered or not. Should probably get on that lol!

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