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post #1 of 14 Old 04-22-2013, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Fjords!

Ok I've always been in love with Norwegian Fjord horses, I think they're gorgeous! I, someday, waaay in the future, am considering buying one but I don't know much about them. What are their personalities really like? The few I've met were awesome. How do you care for that mane? Any info would be awesome :) thanks!
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I as well would like to own a fjord. Missed out on a mare and foal a while back, and kickin myself since. Few folks on here have or have had em. I'm sure somebody will pipe up.
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I owned one for a while.... I had too many horses and ended up selling him, he went to a petting zoo so I'm happy about that.

He was probably not the best example of the breed, as he was a problem horse. Very shy and not interested in people. I had to spend a lot of time just out and sticking around him and then working on petting him. He was 8 when I got him. When I was able to rub a halter and rope around him I found out that I had to halter him from the right side. He must have gotten hit on his left side because he was pretty jumpy on that side. After a lot of work he would let me halter him from either side and I could pet/groom him all over.
I did a bit of ground work with him and he started really trusting me. I would have loved to take him farther and get him driving again, and maybe riding as well. Sadly I was working full time and didn't have time to give him the time he needed.



He was around 15 hands, so a little bigger than your average Fjord.






If you can find one that hasn't foundered, go for it! I think they'd be a lot of fun! I always enjoyed working with Bucky when I could. Besides, they're just too skinkin cute!
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Adding to what I said before...

If you have ever worked with a draft horse or a draft cross the temperament would be comparable. I compared Bucky to the Belgian crosses that we owned. Pretty laid back and easy going. Sleeping most of the time. LOL! Oh, and a bit stubborn.

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I take lessons on a Fjord right now, Radar, and I love him. He is very calm (like a lesson horse should be lol) but he is a very honest pony who will put in as much effort as the rider does. He's the only one I've ever met so I can't say if that is generally true, but he is a great little guy!

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I grew up in Norway, and have ridden dozens of Fjords. My lesson barn had about 30 Fjords, and most of my friends who later got horses got fjords (I of course, had to be different, and got a Morgan). There are high schools in Norway that specialize in horsemanship - many of them predominantly have Fjords for the students.

The Fjords aren't used in these programs just because they look cool or are a part of our heritage.

They are incredibly versatile. Some are more "drafty" and can be used for heavy farm-work. Others are more "sporty" and excel at jumping and dressage (they don't have the speed for cross-country). They make wonderfully sure-footed, level-headed pleasure and trail horses. They can carry a full-grown man no problem, despite their compact size.

I have been around very mellow ones, and quite spirited ones. They come in all flavors. Something for everyone. I would say they can all be quite stubborn, though. Friendly, smart, gentle, eager-to-please... but stubborn. They will test a rider to see what they can get away with.

There is a special way to trim the mane. One of the best instructions I've seen was on YouTube. I remember something from when I was a kid about finding the arc 1/3-way down the neck, etc etc... Trim the whole thing first, followed by the white hairs, then blending in the black center-section. Oh lordy, that was a long time ago. That mane is really thick and dense. Don't try ti until you've found the "instructions" and make sure everything is really sharp!
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My border had a half fjord that prior to his getting her had always had her mouth hauled on and kept pushing thro the bit. This young lad had beautiful hands and once she realized that she became an incredible horse, like a camera, point and shoot. She was always game to try something new.
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I have been around very mellow ones, and quite spirited ones. They come in all flavors. Something for everyone. I would say they can all be quite stubborn, though. Friendly, smart, gentle, eager-to-please... but stubborn. They will test a rider to see what they can get away with.
This ^^^

I used to work at a petting zoo and they had ponies and Fjords for carriage/wagon rides. They had 7 Fjords and they ALL had wonderful, forgiving, friendly, smart, gentle, but very stubborn temperaments. The girls who were on a pulling team were more high strung and wanted to go go go and the boys (whom they got from a lady in Saskatchewan) were more mellow, slower going guys. All would drive single or team and all of them had a great work ethic, but yes, were quite stubborn if you were new. We rode and drove them and even brought them to petting zoos where they'd give pony rides. One of them was imported from Norway, her name is Thun Hild, and she led by her forelock, we were told was common practice in Norway.

It was always easiest to roach their manes if they were starting to flop over, then as they grew out, evening out with scissors and cutting the lighter hairs down about 1/2 to 1 inch lower than the black dorsal. If you are good with a clipper and have a nice sharp blade you can do it with clippers to save time though. Trimmed to make a nice arch.
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One of my Girlfriends and I just went partners on this Big Boy. He's a 16h Canadian Norwegian Forjd. The previous owner cut his mane because she says it's not good at growing nice. We just got him a couple of weeks ago, but he seems like a pretty good horse. A little Pushy but nothing a little schooling won't help with. He really just loves attention.
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I'm not really seeing Fjord in the those pictures you've posted. Usually fjord crosses are dun and their manes/tails have white hair.


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