Norwegian Fjord Ponies & Painted Ponies
Abbey & Peppertree's Arne
Our Background with the Wonderful Fjord Breed
Gene Bauer was my father and a man who signified the best of Norwegian Fjord Ponies. He was a major breeder, stressed the importance of pure breeding, sound training and produced the highest quality of the breed as possible. Unfortunately, he passed away May '96. There are many great links throughout the Internet to help you with your search for a quality Fjord and I encourage you all to check this great breed out. (See the links provided below.)
My Dad raised more than 200 Fjords at Hestdalen Farms, in Round Lake, Illinois where he stood 50 Fjords in training, breeding and for pleasure. YOU may notice his name on the pedigree of your Fjord. He started the first Stud Records of continental US and painstackenly researched the Fjords in America for those records. He started the Norwegian Fjord Association of the United States. After his passing those records were merged with the Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry so records could be complete as possible for each Fjord's pedigree.
As a young adult I was around my dad on visits home and was also taken by the Fjord's charm and level heading demeanor. And now I have retired from Fjord ownership as my daughter is older and no longer interested in riding. I was amazed that they are so easy to care for, as my father said years ago. Hay and hoof trimming and wormer is all you will need. Did you know they don't have to wear shoes & they only eat hay (depending on the discipline you are using them for)? Yep, low maintenance!
Some breeders & owners have their Fjords shod if they work them hard. The breed has many qualities that make owning them a much easier and enjoyable sport: patience, strength, and a level headed approach to working with you. Our first Fjords from Hestdalen were Hakar and Ole stand 13.3 and 14.3 hands high. Yes, adults ride Fjords. They can be small for children or larger for adults. When you think of a 14.3hand Fjord you don't realize that their drafty sure-footed conformation feels like a 16h horse.
We also owned
Peppertree's Arne who stood 15hh and my daughter enjoyed 3 day
eventing and Arne LOVED rolling across the open space jumping
whatever she asked him to jump. **Never** refused a cross country
jump Jr. Beg Novice level. He loved it. Plus his pace was perfect
with that great "optimum speed".
For People who wonder if you can ride a Fjord,
please watch this Video,
when you finish, please use your Back button to
ride back here and see more.
This was my father driving his four-in-hand team of Fjords.
Why have a Fjord pony? I began riding on a Morgan horse - boy when we hitched him up to the surrey watch out, step lively and jump in. He was off and rolling. I know that many experiences with horses offer different results, but we Fjord lovers, feel that a Fjord has a different "mind-set". If they have had quality training they will stand, as you hitch them, wait patiently while you all get into the carriage, as you adjust your reins and when you say "Walk On!" they will proceed. There are many traits inherent in the Fjord which make working with them a joy. They perform with big hearts, nuzzle you everyday, stand when there is trouble and are very forgiving. Many have said that their Fjord taught them how to drive... a wonderful gift for young, middle age and seniors to own.
Facebook has many pages of Fjord interested groups and in many areas across the US there are Fjord Clubs which put on Horse Shows and activities as well as training help and Play Days. Having a Fjord will enrich your life greatly. Go with the flow.
to help the interest of the Fjord grow! Therefore...if you
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