Sunday, February 20, 2011

Misty, In Alaska, With Her Icelandic Horse

Misty and her Icelandic Horse, in Alaska, plowing through a snow drift.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

TWH and Trail Skills

Tennessee Walker: Here's a very nice video showing a Tennessee Walking Horse practicing a trail skill.

The horse is TWH Chief's Fancy Blue Eyes and rider is Antoinette Austin. Video provided by Lu Ann Cooper.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Icelandic Horses -- Not Necessarily Unspookable or Unflappable

Icelandic Horses are not necessarily unspookable or unflappable. Some Icelandic Horses are born calm, some are born nervous / sensitive.

Some Icelandic Horses are pretty unflappable and calm, some are skeptical and unsure of things around them.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Icelandic Horses and Parelli Natural Horsemanship

A few videos of Icelandic Horses (Ponies) doing Parelli Natural Horsemanship exercises:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Horse Group Ride Rules

Written by Janice McDonald:

Someone on our huge ride this weekend came and handed out trail rules which they had written. So I wrote a sarcastic humorous response.

Some of it is a private joke for people around here but i bet you can read between the lines.

Captain Cowgirl’s Trail Rules

1. Do not get so drunk you have to yell at everybody in camp and then go home.

2. If your horse bites, put crime scene tape around her so people will stay away.

3. Do not expect for any rides to leave on time. In fact, don’t even saddle up until at least a hundred people are all mounted on horses standing around waiting for you.

4. Wear a costume of some kind so you will have a real image.

5. If you serve coffee with hay in it you aren’t doing anybody any real favors.

6. If your horse follows too close and it gets kicked its your own fault.

7. If your horse kicks the horse behind you its your own fault.

8. If your horse doesn’t act bad and embarrass you now and then its not normal.

9. If you expect your horse to be perfect you need one of those horses in front of walmart.

10. Leave the seat up in the portolet if you are one of those people who perch a foot above the hole and spray a three foot radius.

11. If your tie line is only an inch above the ground your horse is gonna end up having to be cut out of it by morning.

12. If your horse gets tangled in the tie line, just cut it out, don’t stand there screeching like an idiot.

13. Offer pitiful looking people food or coffee.

14. Act pitiful if you don’t have any food or coffee.

15. Don’t flirt with anybody's husband.

16. Don’t ride into camp without making sure someone isn’t in a sleeping bag.

17. If your dog beats up another dog apologize and be nice.

18. If another dog beats up your dog, put it in your camper or truck in the shade.

19. If you smell a skunk don’t say anything, it is probably you.

20. When someone flips out it helps to remember they are either drunk, forgot their meds, or have taken too many meds.

21. Don’t curse in front of children.

22. Don’t hire any trainers that screech and hit horses in the face with whips.

And REMEMBER. Don’t ever clean house or wash dishes or clean out your
car or do any chores at all if you can go riding instead!!

Janice McDonald

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Article on Sweet Itch (Summer Eczema)

This article mentions Icelandic Horses:

Article on Sweet Itch / Summer Eczema

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Icelandic Horse Rollkur

My gosh... what ARE they thinking?!?!?!

Why should an adult male *NEED* to put a huge piece of metal in his pony's mouth, and then strap the metal down as tight as possible with a huge, severe noseband, and then put all his muscle on the reins?!?!?

Why should any Icelandic Horse have to endure this practice?

I thought people loved the Icelandic Horse? I thought people respected the Icelandic Horse?

Is this love? Is this respect?

Who is teaching these people to ride? to train????

Why is there a need to put the horse into a master / slave position? complete domination?

Why does FEIF allow this horrific type of riding and training? Why do they endorse it?

Why does the USIHC support FEIF, in all ways, including financial?

This means YOUR money is going to pay for competitions and evaluations that use this type of riding / training practice on the Icelandic Horse.

The Icelandic Horse is known by different names, such as: hest, hestur, hestar, cheval islandais, icelandic horse, island hast, islandske hest, island pferde, islenskir hestar, ijslands paard, islanninhevonen, islenskihesturinn, islandisches pferd, islandpony, icelandic pony.

Please help to free the Icelandic Horse from poor riding and training methods!