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Sunday October 19th // Filed under: awesome, i want to dress like its 1941!,
fivegaited:

Bogi frá Efri-Rauðalæk

eeeeeee my foal on my dashboard :3 :3 :3

fivegaited:

Bogi frá Efri-Rauðalæk

eeeeeee my foal on my dashboard :3 :3 :3

(via silvernyans)

Sunday October 19th //
Sunday October 19th // Filed under: icelandic horse, icelandic horses,
theclickerkid:

fivegaited:

transperceneige:

Hum. I’m not sure about this movie.
(It’s an icelandic movie from 2013, called Hross í oss or Of Horses and Men in english. See the trailer.)

It’s pretty violent. Very dark humor. For example, right after this scene happens, the rider dismounts and shoots the mare, he is so angry. And then he weeps because she is dead. Very strange film..

Now I think I need to watch this.

I actually enjoyed it, although I had to look away for one scene.  I’m a fan of dark humor, and there were so many jokes about Icelandic farming that I could relate to from working there, especially jokes about Icelandic fences!  I don’t think I would watch it twice, though.  Just be aware that it could potentially be very triggering for some viewers - there will be gore and dead horses.  And not all of the riding is pretty.At the end, there is a message that states that no horses were harmed during the making of the film, and that the cast of crew are all horse lovers and owners :)  The film has won a lot of awards!

theclickerkid:

fivegaited:

transperceneige:

Hum. I’m not sure about this movie.

(It’s an icelandic movie from 2013, called Hross í oss or Of Horses and Men in english. See the trailer.)

It’s pretty violent. Very dark humor. For example, right after this scene happens, the rider dismounts and shoots the mare, he is so angry. And then he weeps because she is dead. Very strange film..

Now I think I need to watch this.

I actually enjoyed it, although I had to look away for one scene. I’m a fan of dark humor, and there were so many jokes about Icelandic farming that I could relate to from working there, especially jokes about Icelandic fences! I don’t think I would watch it twice, though. Just be aware that it could potentially be very triggering for some viewers - there will be gore and dead horses. And not all of the riding is pretty.
At the end, there is a message that states that no horses were harmed during the making of the film, and that the cast of crew are all horse lovers and owners :) The film has won a lot of awards!

Sunday October 19th // Filed under: im pretty sure they used horse cadavers for some scenes,
transperceneige:

Hum. I’m not sure about this movie.
(It’s an icelandic movie from 2013, called Hross í oss or Of Horses and Men in english. See the trailer.)

It’s pretty violent.  Very dark humor. For example, right after this scene happens, the rider dismounts and shoots the mare, he is so angry.  And then he weeps because she is dead.  Very strange film..

transperceneige:

Hum. I’m not sure about this movie.

(It’s an icelandic movie from 2013, called Hross í oss or Of Horses and Men in english. See the trailer.)

It’s pretty violent. Very dark humor. For example, right after this scene happens, the rider dismounts and shoots the mare, he is so angry. And then he weeps because she is dead. Very strange film..

Sunday October 19th //
equestrian-vibes:

Island Turridning Islandshäst - Resor Rida Ridläger Ridresa på Island - Ishestar na We Heart It.

equestrian-vibes:

Island Turridning Islandshäst - Resor Rida Ridläger Ridresa på Island - Ishestar na We Heart It.

Sunday October 19th // Filed under: icelandic horse, icelandic horses,

Vigri was SO good today. He got a chiropractic adjustment a week ago, I had felt for a while that something was a little locked up in his lower back but not enough to cause pain or make him lame or anything, just enough so that I felt like he wasn’t able to do things as easily as usual.. Since the adjustment he has been better and better and today was just WOW :D
Glæta was also very good, she is practically bubbling over with energy which is unusual for her - I don’t know where it’s coming from but I like it, she’s still soft and listening well but with extra power and it is really fun to ride :) I think the horses are all so happy that the cold weather is finally starting. Winter is the best time to ride :)

Sunday October 19th // Filed under: viggo, glaeta,

http://fivegaited.tumblr.com/post/100406123011/and-the-most-heartbreaking-thing-is-when-you-see

theclassicalhorse:

fivegaited:

And the most heartbreaking thing is when you see an Icelandic horse that has gone to a trainer from some other discipline, and has had that joy in movement completely destroyed. I’ve seen that a few times in the US and it kills me - it’s why most of us in the sport will recommend that people who…

Goes for any horse really :(

Oh definitely, it’s just especially sad when you see it in a breed that has this willingness as one of the central characteristics.. There are breeds where the joy of moving forward has been bred out of the horses intentionally - humans have created lazy, lethargic, poorly conformed animals that literally have trouble moving forward past a certain point because that’s what so many people want - a dead broke animal. Icelandic horses are bred to dance forward, with this light, bubbly spirit - when you see that trained out of them, it’s just really really sad.

Sunday October 19th //

And the most heartbreaking thing is when you see an Icelandic horse that has gone to a trainer from some other discipline, and has had that joy in movement completely destroyed.  I’ve seen that a few times in the US and it kills me - it’s why most of us in the sport will recommend that people who buy Icelandic horses find an Icelandic trainer to work with.  So many people interpret any kind of forward spirit as unruliness and will take all the fun out of movement for the horse… when you see a sour, unwilling Icelandic horse, you know that something has gone very, very wrong in the training.

Sunday October 19th //
Sunday October 19th // Filed under: gif, discussions, horse training,

http://silvernyans.tumblr.com/post/100404396288/the-dressage-training-went-very-well-i-rode-a

silvernyans:

The dressage training went very well! I rode a nice 6 years old mare called Argentina. Sweet. I have never been at Ljubljana-hippdrome before and I am impressed. It is all very big and nice and look very expensive. Horses look happy and healthy.

I enjoy riding “big” horses. I always look so big…

They do smell different!  Completely different.  They are genetically different than other horses, people don’t believe me but that “horsey” smell that we all know and love is different for Icelandic horses - I find it to smell sweeter.  You really notice it on your clothes if you go to an Icelandic stable and then to a regular horse stable - your clothes smell totally different depending.  And you are completely right, in my opinion - there is a quality in Icelandic horses that I don’t find in other horses.  I think it’s the incredible spirit, the fact that nearly every Icelandic horse I have ever ridden has been happily “in front of my leg” from day one.  I read on here about everyone who has trouble getting their horses to happily move forward and I’m like, man, I wonder what that’s like… actually no I don’t, it sounds so boring.  The Icelandic horses just have a special joy in movement, a very positive excitement and energy, while simultaneously the horse is very level-headed and smart. There’s that quote in Black Beauty, “I am never afraid of what I know,” and it has always felt to me like Icelandic horses just know more somehow.  They want to understand things and figure them out.  I remember this summer, a tree fell down next to one of the fields and the horses all ran up to the fence line to get a better look!  I find this “knowingness” especially those raised in the countryside in Iceland (which is probably why I don’t own any domestic bred horses, I have a definite bias there although I encourage as much high quality US breeding as the economy can support!).  They know so much just from surviving in the terrain and weather and from watching their parents.  I also think there is an interesting thing with Icelandic horses, I was describing it to barefootdressage and she described it as “a sense of justice,” I think, or maybe “a sense of fairness,” either one I think gets it pretty accurately - because they have grown up on their own and they know who they are and what they deserve, they don’t really tolerate poor handling/training.  There’s a reason that Monty Roberts was a total failure when he came to Iceland - these horses are not going to respect or trust you if you chase them around and try to dominate them.  They’ll either be afraid of you or get angry at you - they’re not going to relax under pressure, because they know how wrong that is.  These are my opinions, of course, but this is what I’ve found from working with so many of these horses.  I just love them so much, I really don’t have much interest in going back to working with other breeds, although I do love all equines.  Thoroughbreds are my favorite breed after Icelandic horses, I think they match Icelandics in terms of sensitivity and in their desire to move, although so many thoroughbreds have had their joy in movement corrupted by bad training.  So much of working with thoroughbreds is helping them overcome their strong flight instinct, as well - I find that Icelandic horses want to move forward, to see what’s over the next hill, whereas thoroughbreds often want to run away.. but this is also because of the way so many thoroughbreds are raised and trained, they are not taught courage.

Sunday October 19th //
Saturday October 18th // Filed under: icelandic horse, icelandic horses, thor, viggo, sunset, sourcedtome,
I loove the headstall I bought for Glæta in Iceland :) She likes to have as little on her face as possible so I have been using boring ones that are just a plain strap, no browband or noseband, but of course that is very boring to look at - so I got SO excited when I found this one, which is a simple strap WITH RHINESTONES ON THE SIDES!! Best of all, it’s very nice quality synthetic leather, which is getting popular in Iceland because it is so weather resistant and easy to clean (also vegan). I only bought one, but I wish I had grabbed two more for the other horses, I like it so much..

I loove the headstall I bought for Glæta in Iceland :) She likes to have as little on her face as possible so I have been using boring ones that are just a plain strap, no browband or noseband, but of course that is very boring to look at - so I got SO excited when I found this one, which is a simple strap WITH RHINESTONES ON THE SIDES!! Best of all, it’s very nice quality synthetic leather, which is getting popular in Iceland because it is so weather resistant and easy to clean (also vegan). I only bought one, but I wish I had grabbed two more for the other horses, I like it so much..

(Source: fivegaited)

Saturday October 18th // Filed under: glaeta, tack talk, sourcedtome,