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        04-27-2013, 10:18 PM
      #2961
    Yearling
    Well it got too dark for me to get any good pictures of my lesson, but here's the horse I ride (pony really), his name is Radar and he's a Fjord.
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        04-28-2013, 11:06 AM
      #2962
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    He's lovely. :) And he's a full horse, not a pony - despite of their size, fjords, just as icelandics, are a native Scandinavian horse breed.
         
        04-28-2013, 02:28 PM
      #2963
    Yearling
    I didn't know that, Saranda! Thanks.
         
        04-28-2013, 02:34 PM
      #2964
    Super Moderator
    You're welcome. :) As Iceland and Norway were quite isolated back in the day, when these breeds evolved, mostly consisting of mountains, not wast grasslands, scarce in forage and with cold climate, their horse breeds evolved to be smaller, so that they could feed off whatever poor nutrition they had and move well over hard, complicated terrain.
         
        04-28-2013, 02:55 PM
      #2965
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    You're welcome. :) As Iceland and Norway were quite isolated back in the day, when these breeds evolved, mostly consisting of mountains, not wast grasslands, scarce in forage and with cold climate, their horse breeds evolved to be smaller, so that they could feed off whatever poor nutrition they had and move well over hard, complicated terrain.
    Hence the reason that Fjords can get fat while living on a rock pile! LOL! That is what one of our farriers used to say. I don't know much about Icelandics, but I love the short stockiness of the Fjords! The one I had was pretty sweet!


    On a different note. Spring is finally here!!!! It was +15*C yesterday! The sun is out, and the snow is... wait for it... MELTING!!!!

    I'm just a little excited!
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        04-28-2013, 03:15 PM
      #2966
    Yearling
    Galloping Guitarist, where I live we're lucky to get snow once a year XD we've been into spring since February.
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        04-28-2013, 03:21 PM
      #2967
    Yearling
    I love snow and winter... This winter was a little long though. We got snow in Oct/Nov and it's just melting now. It wasn't especially cold (actually warmer than usual) but very long. They've been asking the people that are in their nineties if they ever saw a winter like this and the answer is no. This is our longest winter and the most snow that we have hit. Regina had over 6 feet of snow this year! Our usual amount is around the 3 or 4 foot mark. It's been a crazy ride! We're hoping that we don't get flooded too bad.
         
        04-28-2013, 03:21 PM
      #2968
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    I've always been quite excited about how horse breeds differ depending on their native country and its' climate. :) Fjords and Arabians, native ponies and mustangs, hairy drafts and lean warmbloods...

    As I've been able to school Snickers more lately, I'm also excited about our progress - I hope to have some lessons soon, but for now he's slowly becoming more flexible, I see hints of him using topline and stretching correctly, and also his work ethics are becoming better - more willing, more athletic and more pleasant to ride. :) All I need now is to improve my finances so that I can have my trainer look at us and help me with my position and biomechanics, because I do need a refresher course...
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        04-28-2013, 07:31 PM
      #2969
    Yearling
    Sarandra, it sounds like you're having a lot of fun and learning a lot as well! Hope you can get your lesson soon!

    I also enjoy learning about breeds in their native environments. I learn every thing I can about every breed I can.
    For Christmas one of my student's parent's (also one of my bosses), got me a book called, The Majesty of the Horse--An Illustrated History--Written By Tansim Pickeral--Photography By Astrid Harrison. When I first got it, my sister was looking through it (I had only flipped through it) and reading off names of breeds to me. As she would say a name, I would quote off what I knew about the breed. Where it was from, colors, height, temperament, what they were bred for, what they are used for now, etc, etc. I actually got most of them right! That's what I get from reading and devouring every thing I could get my eyes on about horses! LOL! Breed books are my favorites!
    BTW, that book is amazing! So amazing that I bought a copy for my horse crazy sister, Cilla, for her birthday! She is going to love it!

    Right now I'm into looking up and researching the Akhal-Teke. Kinda my passion at the moment, because I will be working with them this summer.
         
        04-28-2013, 09:02 PM
      #2970
    Yearling
    ^ That's awesome! I love Akhal-Teke horses as well. You'll have to post pictures when you start!
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