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post #11 of 28 Old 10-30-2012, 02:25 AM
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I imagine they can be all over the map. The Fiords we have at our therapeutic riding facility (5) are steady, sturdy, and quite calm. In my experience the mares are cute, try hard to please and are very light and sensitive. The gelding we have is a bit of a bulldozer just because he's so big, 15 hh. They can be very intelligent and hugely responsive. Unfortunately all the therapy horses have to deal with different horse handlers, and I know many handlers don't seem to have enough feel to 'get' the horse's efforts.
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Thanks for the input! I actually have ridden a haflinger before on a trail and loved him, he was my aunts and was way huge, like 15+ hands and a recliner to ride.
But I just have an attraction to duns, and was curious about the fjords, I would expect any heavy breed to get a big head if they were not handled properly in their past.

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We have one at our Therapeutic Riding Barn. He was completely feral upon arrival. Major trust issues, but he has soooo much try in him. He's very responsive and tuned in. His lil ears are always moving.
He's a long way from being used in our program (he's coming on 4), he will make a great mount for the kids, in time.
He has a heart of gold and try that goes for days.
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We have one at our Therapeutic Riding Barn. He was completely feral upon arrival. Major trust issues, but he has soooo much try in him. He's very responsive and tuned in. His lil ears are always moving.
He's a long way from being used in our program (he's coming on 4), he will make a great mount for the kids, in time.
He has a heart of gold and try that goes for days.

Sounds like a love.

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post #15 of 28 Old 10-30-2012, 09:00 PM
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LOVE THEM.

They are smart, easy going, and yes, can be a bit mulish. I can't wait to have one, every one I've met has had an amazing work ethic and wonderful personalities. The mares were worse than the geldings, but I think that boils down to simply a mare thing.

You do have to keep their manes clipped, the neck muscles can flop over permanently if the mane drags it down. No fancy clip necessary, just a roach is fine. Their patient nature will help with that. =]
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I've never dealt with any personally other than the filly I bought like 5 days ago.

But I can also tell you that they are very easy keepers and are susceptible to the easy-keeper conditions like founder and Cushing's. I have also been told a couple of times that Fjords tend to lack the pony attitude that Haflingers commonly have.

Eep. I am excited for mine to get big. She's maybe a yearling and hasn't been handled much. Catching her takes a bit of effort, but once she's caught she stands without issue. We're working on leading, where stubbornness has already shown, but she is slowly understanding.
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Thanks everyone for the opinions!

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I've never dealt with any personally other than the filly I bought like 5 days ago.

But I can also tell you that they are very easy keepers and are susceptible to the easy-keeper conditions like founder and Cushing's. I have also been told a couple of times that Fjords tend to lack the pony attitude that Haflingers commonly have.

Eep. I am excited for mine to get big. She's maybe a yearling and hasn't been handled much. Catching her takes a bit of effort, but once she's caught she stands without issue. We're working on leading, where stubbornness has already shown, but she is slowly understanding.
Yes your thread got me thinking again about them! but you got yours for a steal! I wish where I lived had auctions with fjords & other horses like that!

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post #18 of 28 Old 10-30-2012, 09:23 PM
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If you were closer, I know the people who brought them have a bunch of weanlings too because I called asking about registration information. I imagine you could probably get one of those pretty dern cheap too. Though after seeing how much they sold for, I really hope they stop making more.
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If you were closer, I know the people who brought them have a bunch of weanlings too because I called asking about registration information. I imagine you could probably get one of those pretty dern cheap too. Though after seeing how much they sold for, I really hope they stop making more.
Yes, I agree. there really is no need for so many! but they should ship them over here to New England!

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post #20 of 28 Old 11-01-2012, 12:22 AM
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This little girl was going to be put down...but was saved and "rehabilitated". Turns out her previous owners could not read her well. All she needed was patient and kind handling; she tries so hard to please!
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