How to Pick a Horse

Many of you have heard of Lukka and many of you have even bought horses through her! Here is a chance to go with Lukka as she travels to a farm to evaluate a new horse for her sales list. This video can also be a guide in what to look for when horse shopping.

How Iceland Gets into the Icelandic Horse

Is it a horse or a pony? Other than its size, gaits, and hair, is it really any different from other horses? There are some who would argue it is the spirit in this horse that comes from being raised in Iceland that makes it unique. Let’s see how they do it.

In the Joy of Horses!

This kid found a wonderful horse right there in her dad’s barn. Happened to be one of the top evaluated stallions in Iceland. And one of her neighbors just happens to be Mette Manseth, of Hólar. Ingunn is on her way to being a fine rider, to say the least, but watch her have fun learning!

A Tolt Party

This was a triple header: birthdays for Martina Gates and Kristjan Kristjansson (I’ll be discreet and leave it at that because they don’t look or act their age) and the opening of Thor Icelandics. Most of the people you see are members of the Northeast Icelandic Horse Club. I just thought it would make a […]

Flugumýri: A Farm Visit

Flugumýri is famous from the Viking sagas. But it is currently known for the horses that have been bred there.

The Breeding Fields of Flugumýri

It was that time, shortly after foaling, for the mare to go back to a stallion. A short distance down the road from the farm was a large field of lush green grass growing over high hummocks, þúfa. Struggling to walk while shooting with the camera, I could understand how these horses grow up so […]

Training the Young Horse and the Young Trainer at Flugumýri

Elisa Klose came to Holar University College to learn how to train Icelandic horses.  She also had to learn Icelandic! I’ve added this clip of an actual training session Elisa is doing with a horse just to give an appreciation for the process.

Sheep Dressage

First of all, let me make it clear that this is not Dressage for Icelanders! My experience is that dressage may be coming to Iceland, but it lies becalmed offshore.  I do not consider suppling exercises such as shoulder in, leg yields, etc., dressage.  Perhaps an onshore wind will blow. I think a pretty good […]