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breeding and keeping of icelandic horses north of the polar circle

The aim of the breeding of the Icelandic horses is to get good and strong riding horses which can be used for riding tours in the wilderness and mountain areas.
The horses should not loose any of the original features and the climate in North Norway (Finnmark) gives an ideal situation to reach this goal.
In all breeding it is very important to select parents with wanted features. We are using high classified mares (Dirfska and Yrpa) and some of the best stallions available (Skorri frá Blönduósi, Galdur frá Sauðárkróki and Heljar frá Vatnsleysu).

a unique race

Why all this interest? One reason may be that the Iceland Horse is a unique race with some rare peculiarities, which can be traced back many centuries. The settlers of Iceland brought with them horses from Western Norway and the British Isles. Those strong and enduring animals, with their small muscular and sturdy bodies, were of great value to their masters in peace as well as warfare.

man's best friend

It would not be an exaggeration to maintain that without the horse the Icelanders would in all probability not have survived in their barren, mountainous, and remote island. Not only was the horse man’s “most useful servant” (his title of distinction in Iceland), but also his best and most loyal friend, taking part in his festivities and celebrations, standing by his side in times of need, despair, and natural catastrophes.

the five gaits

The five gaits of the Iceland Horse are frequently to be found in one and the same animal. Good tÖlt and pace are the overriding policy in Icelandic horse breeding along with good disposition and spirit.
The walk or step (fetgangur) is the idling speed of the horse. The beat is quartered and the gait proceeds without a glide. The step was used when the horses were tied together in a train and had loads on their backs. IT is still used by packhorses when traveling cross-country.

a feast of colours

The Iceland Horse has a rich variety of colours, probably richer than any other European breed. An Icelandic scholar, Broddi Johannesson, made a study of horse colours mentioned by name in ancient sources, and found them to number no less than 64 varieties. Some of those varieties are not to be found in modern horses.
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Ice har flyttet til hans nye hjem/ Ice has moved to his new home (30.11.13)

Ice Illusion of Canis Borealis, 3 mnd., flyttet til hans nye hjem  i går. Vi ønsker masse lykke til! 
Nå føles det tomt i huset uten valper.... og Flora savner sin lekekamerat.....
 
Ice Illusion of Canis Borealis, 3 months, moved to his new home yesterday. We wish good luck!
It feels empty in the house without puppies.....and Flora misses her little friend....
 

Marzipan har funnet sitt nye hjem/ Marzipan has found his new home (23.11.13)

 Marzipan Gold og Canis Borealis ("Charlie") kom i går til sitt nye hjem i Sverige. Vi har fått disse bildene med rapporten fra hans nye "mamma" at han har funnet seg til rette der; han spiser og leker og sover bra. Vi ønsker lykke til!
 
Marzipan Gold of Canis Borealis ("Charlie") come yesterday to his new home in Sweden. We have got those pictures with information from his new "mom" that he likes him selv there; he eats, plays with other dogs and sleeps good. We wish good luck!

Marzipan er midlertidig hos oss / Marzipan is with us for a meanwhile

 Marzipan Gold of Canis Borealis er nå hos oss. Kjøperen er blitt alvorlig syk slik at hun ikke kunne ha ham lenger. Vi finner et nytt hjem til gutten, men frem til han flytter bor han hos oss. Marzipan ("Charlie") er 8 måneder gammel nå. Han kommer overens med våre hunder. Han er en veldig snill og god gutt.
 

Ice er fortsatt til salgs! / Ice is still for sale! (02.11.13)

Ice er alene nå og savner søstera si litt. Han er fortsatt til salgs! Ta gjerne kontakt for en prat :) 

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