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post #1 of 28 Old 10-29-2012, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on Fjords?

What do you think I them? Or Your experience with them? Like their general personality? (I know every horse has a different one but the general breed profile?)
I have been looking for a trail riding horse, just as a buddy to hit the trail with, and I recently took the fjord into consideration.
I ride western & English. But I don't think that matters. I know they are like small drafts, bred so farmers in their native land didn't have to pay so much to feed their farm horses, Are they good for plus sized riders? I am moderately plus sized rider, and just wondered!



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post #2 of 28 Old 10-29-2012, 09:56 PM
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I don't know any personally. The only ones that I saw were said to be rather on the stubborn side. But, that's not a good survey , since I have no real experience with them

Have you considered a Haflinger?
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post #3 of 28 Old 10-29-2012, 10:03 PM
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I worked with 2 half brother Fjords quite a few years back. They were pretty laid back and steady, but they were also stubborn to work with and destructive in the field. One also had a tendency to bolt randomly, and he was harder to get back in hand than any hot, hyper ottb I worked with. However, I do not believe that is typical. I have heard multiple times that they have a stubborn streak to them, though.
Overall, in my opinion they do tend to make good trail horses and yes, they are suitable for plus sized riders as long as they are kept fit.
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post #5 of 28 Old 10-29-2012, 10:10 PM
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The ones I've known were awesomely fun! They're very quick witted and can figure out anything, which can be good and bad :P They're very strong and the problem is that most of them know it. Once they know how strong they are they really take you for a ride. They are in fact stubborn. But that can be good and bad :) They are very destructive in the field - They're just big and strong, so bum scratching can take down many fences :P
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post #6 of 28 Old 10-29-2012, 10:11 PM
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There are two fjords at my barn that never get any attention from their owners (long story) so I am the only person who ever rides them -- when and if I have time after riding my own mare.

ONly one of the fjords is broke so I will base my opinion on him.

Disposition: 10/10. Considering I am only able to get on him maybe once a week he is very good. I wouldn't say he is lazy but he is a slower paced horse, however, he does try. I trail ride him and he powers up hills like no joke. They literally are mini draft horses.

Maintenance: Be prepared to do a lot of grooming! Even clipping! In the winter time it takes about twenty minutes to brush the dirt off (he lives in a small muddyish paddock - I hate it!)

I have jumped him a little. Like maybe a one foot cross rail lol but the point is that he did it the first time!

They are, however, heavy on the front end if you don't condition/keep them in shape. (I ride english).

But I totally recommend fjords for the things you described. I use, Hans, the Fjord, as a packer for my inexperienced boyfriend on trail rides. My bf is about 6'2" and about 180 lbs - strong build - and he looks fine on Hans. Additionally, Hans has no issues carrying him either ;) Oh and Hans is only about 14.3 hands.


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I worked with 2 half brother Fjords quite a few years back. They were pretty laid back and steady, but they were also stubborn to work with and destructive in the field. One also had a tendency to bolt randomly, and he was harder to get back in hand than any hot, hyper ottb I worked with. However, I do not believe that is typical. I have heard multiple times that they have a stubborn streak to them, though.
Overall, in my opinion they do tend to make good trail horses and yes, they are suitable for plus sized riders as long as they are kept fit.
Yes. I do want to add to my post too that the Fjord I ride has had a tendency to bolt too, randomly! However, he has NEVER done it with me, and I don't mean to boast, but everyone he has done it with were poor riders who jerked the reins back and could not sit balanced in the saddle. As Punkstank mentioned, they are smart and they know they are strong.
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From my experience they are one of two ways; awesome or a-holes.. Lol Mine was a complete jerk. But I have ridden a few they were just awesome. =]
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PunksTank makes an excellent point that their stubbornness can be good or bad! When they learn that they can use their strength to bully their rider or other horses (or fences) that is when they get "difficult". Good, consistent training should prevent this from getting out of hand.
I think this is why one also began bolting. He learned he was big enough to boss his rider around. When more confident riders got on him, he would only try it once, then he would be an angel.

Anyways, regardless of their stubborn streak, I love them!
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PunksTank makes an excellent point that their stubbornness can be good or bad! When they learn that they can use their strength to bully their rider or other horses (or fences) that is when they get "difficult". Good, consistent training should prevent this from getting out of hand.
I think this is why one also began bolting. He learned he was big enough to boss his rider around. When more confident riders got on him, he would only try it once, then he would be an angel.

Anyways, regardless of their stubborn streak, I love them!
I had to start riding the Fjord at my barn again becasue he kept bucking off the other rider who rode him. I was afraid that would inevitably turn into a 'habit'. And any 1200 pound pony that likes to buck is no friend of mine.
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