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The informal blog of a 23-year-old icelandic horse enthusiast with 15 years of equestrian education under her belt. I worked as a professional horse trainer in Iceland for nearly three years, but I'm back in the US now. I'm a university student riding and competing whenever possible, trying to find balance in my insanely busy life.
On this blog, I post pictures of my horses, share my experiences and thoughts on horse training and horsemanship, and reblog pictures that interest me.
I'm very happy to answer any and all questions you might have, particularly relating to Icelandic horses.
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I’m watching Preacher’s Daughters and one of the daughters lives in New Orleans and a mule-drawn carriage just went by and I was like @mulishmusings IS THAT YOU

Wednesday April 23rd //
bridleup:

unnaturalhorsemanship:

winterstormathena:

poetsteps:

i dont understand how the rein connects to the bit/ bridle here… does anyone know what this is?

thats the magic of it. it doesn’t connect to the bit at all. Tucker is really sensitive to the bit so he only flats in it, but to get him more used to the bit they leave it attached. For jumping it’s a bitless. I’m pretty sure its a micklem headstall. 

That is really cool!

This is so neat


That’s exactly how I start young horses :)

bridleup:

unnaturalhorsemanship:

winterstormathena:

poetsteps:

i dont understand how the rein connects to the bit/ bridle here… does anyone know what this is?

thats the magic of it. it doesn’t connect to the bit at all. Tucker is really sensitive to the bit so he only flats in it, but to get him more used to the bit they leave it attached. For jumping it’s a bitless. I’m pretty sure its a micklem headstall.

That is really cool!

This is so neat

That’s exactly how I start young horses :)

(via gettheridingcrop)

Wednesday April 23rd //
Wednesday April 23rd // Filed under: size talk,

Bridleless Demo in Iceland

(The bridle comes off after the first minute.  I’m fairly certain I’ve posted this before, but I can’t find it so I’ll post it again)

I was talking to someone last night about how Iceland has been and continues to be so open-minded about horse training - yes, there were traditional methods from the old Icelandic farmers, but Iceland has brought trainers in from all over the world in attempt to learn from them and take what they like, and leave what they don’t like.  Classical dressage, reining, natural horsemanship - you’ll find aspects of everything in Icelandic training, as we sort out what works best for horse and rider, and what creates the healthiest, most athletic and agreeable riding horse.

I like this video because you can see the blend of training methods that went into it - I love the sliding stop!  Anyway, Iceland is cool and so is this video :)

Wednesday April 23rd // Filed under: video, mette manseth, icelandic horse discussions, bridleless, icelandic horse, icelandic horses,
Hi! I love your blog and I was just wondering how you got into Icelandic horses? I've been super interested in getting into them for a while now and going through your blog has made me want to even more! asked by p0cket-change

Hi!  It’s a bit of an odd story.. I was 12 years old.  My family had had a ski condo in VT for years, and decided to sell it and get something more permanent, with the idea of spending summers there as well as weekends in ski season and school vacations, and ultimately living there permanently when they retired (which is what’s starting to happen now).  The house that we chose had an enormous pasture out front, which we would own half of, our next-door neighbors owned the other half.  The neighbors had had an agreement with our house’s previous owners that their horses could graze on the pasture, and asked us if that could continue and of course we said yes because we love horses.  It turned out that the horses were Icelandic horses.  I rode at a big name hunter jumper barn at the time and had a pony, but I had actually always been interested in Icelandic horses from my breed encyclopedias and horse books that I studied and memorized as a kid.  I was seriously interested in learning more, so they invited me over to try the tölt.  They were just trail riders, they’d gone to Iceland on a trip and ridden there and decided to buy a few horses, without ever really learning to ride, but their horses were lovely, easy tölters and we had a lot of fun.  The following year, my parents ended up buying one of the horses for a small sum, with the agreement that he could keep living in the pasture for free, and I started riding him on weekends and all summer when we lived there - I would actually ride him to the stable where my pony was boarded, put him in my pony’s stall while I rode, and then ride him home again.  I was 13, it was a kind of freedom I’d never had before.  We even rode into town in the winter and tied the horses up while we had hot coco in a cafe :)  

So that was my introduction to the breed.  It was years before I had an actual riding lesson with an Icelandic trainer, I pretty much taught myself how to find and separate the gaits.  I wouldn’t recommend that to other people, I think everyone should look for a trainer and learn how to do things properly, but t was very lucky that things worked out the way they did.  My parents have always been unbelievably supportive of me, but I certainly don’t think they knew what they’d set in motion by buying the shaggy horse in the front yard… I’m sure none of us could have guessed that the horses would take over our lives the way they have, or that I’d go on to train Icelandic horses professionally ;)  I was all about jumping back then!

Wednesday April 23rd // Filed under: asks,
I don't know about you but to me the weirdest thing is when you've know an icelandic horse for a long time and then you see another icy with the same name but which looks totally different and it's like "ugh no this name is already used stop" idk why but i only feel like this when it comes to icelandics and yeah sorry if this is weird asked by gaits-and-breeds

Haha, well… Worldfengur only let’s you use so many names so names are bound to get reused… I actually think its worse when they come up with weird Americanized named like “Disco-Diva” but I do know what you mean.. Some names are cursed for me, I’ll never name one Fífill for instance. And it’s also strange when names of famous horses become popular, like let’s be real, there will never be another Orri haha.

Wednesday April 23rd // Filed under: asks, icelandic horse discussions,
My mom just sent me this picture of Glæta and Vigri snuggling :3 I don’t know why the picture is so blue though.. But awe :3 :3 :3
Such luvbirds

My mom just sent me this picture of Glæta and Vigri snuggling :3
I don’t know why the picture is so blue though.. But awe :3 :3 :3 Such luvbirds

Wednesday April 23rd // Filed under: glaeta, viggo, icelandic horse, icelandic horses, sourcedtome,

http://thatonceandfutureprat.tumblr.com/post/83637016314/dear-youtube-as-a-person-with-a-passion-for

thatonceandfutureprat:

Dear Youtube,

as a person with a passion for Icelandic horses, I watch a lot of videos of them that show their gaits, and the sports they do.

that does not mean I wish to see recommended videos that explicitly show two horses mating. I do not have the disturbed mind that the 700k people who…

ahhahahahaha

Wednesday April 23rd //

http://fivegaited.tumblr.com/post/71293980351/jumping-a-4-fence-is-really-different-from

fivegaited:

jumping a 4’ fence is really different from jumping clean over a course of 4’ fences.

schooling tempi changes is really different from performing an entire upper level dressage test.

the ability to ride very fast tölt and very slow tölt says nothing about our ability to nail your transitions in…

Bringin’ this back..

Wednesday April 23rd // Filed under: discussions,
jumpsandbumps:

15handsandcounting:

raisetherail:

15handsandcounting:

Harley is so majestic even when he’s walking this is borderline ridiculous look at this noble motherfucker.

What the fUCK those HOOVES

His hooves are terrifying to pick out, like you just never know what’s gonna come out, maybe five pounds of mud and horse shit, perhaps a few grasshoppers and a live mouse or two, the entire country of Russia…
You just never know man. 

The entire country of Russia

jumpsandbumps:

15handsandcounting:

raisetherail:

15handsandcounting:

Harley is so majestic even when he’s walking this is borderline ridiculous look at this noble motherfucker.

What the fUCK those HOOVES

His hooves are terrifying to pick out, like you just never know what’s gonna come out, maybe five pounds of mud and horse shit, perhaps a few grasshoppers and a live mouse or two, the entire country of Russia…

You just never know man. 

The entire country of Russia

Wednesday April 23rd //
black-tobiano:


feildsofdreams:

e-q-u-i-t-a-t-e:

taylo-b:

soundtrack-for-lovers:

Pieter Devos & Dream of India Greenfield almost take a tumble at the HK Masters

this is actually one of the scariest things ever. heart stops for about 5 seconds.

kudos to both of them, Pieter for keeping his balance and not yanking and the horse for doing that amazing save!

HE DIDNT EVEN LOOSE A STIRRUP WHAT THE HECK?!

And they went on to clear the course
damn


That horse is amazingly athletic, wow

black-tobiano:

feildsofdreams:

e-q-u-i-t-a-t-e:

taylo-b:

soundtrack-for-lovers:

Pieter Devos & Dream of India Greenfield almost take a tumble at the HK Masters

this is actually one of the scariest things ever. heart stops for about 5 seconds.

kudos to both of them, Pieter for keeping his balance and not yanking and the horse for doing that amazing save!

HE DIDNT EVEN LOOSE A STIRRUP WHAT THE HECK?!

And they went on to clear the course

damn

That horse is amazingly athletic, wow

(via diaryofaworkingstudent)

Tuesday April 22nd //