Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Icelandic Ponies Digging for Grass

Digging for Grass
Originally uploaded by fridgeirsson
Icelandic Ponies dig for grass under the snow.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

More Bareback Bitless Icelandic Horse Riding

Here are some gals riding their Icelandic Horses / Islandpferde bareback and bitless and having some fun:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yakut Horse

Yakut horse A_M_0991 b&w
Originally uploaded by White Bear
The Icelandic Horse looks quite similar to the Yakut Horse.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Clicker Training Horse Body Parts

Icelandic Horses can learn names of body parts. In this video, the Icelandic Horse is being taught "ear" and the request to "put your ear in my hand".

For more information, see the Icelandic Horses Connection, use the search box at the bottom to search clicker training.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Giving Up Control of Your Icelandic Horse

Does Your Horse Need to be Micro-Managed?

Some riders ride with constant contact on the horse's mouth, and heavy contact on the reins. What does this say about the rider? and about the horse?

If a horse *needs* constant and / or heavy contact, perhaps he's not very bright? perhaps he needs to be micro-managed? Or is it simply a matter of not being allowed to use his brain.

My horse rides on a loose rein, bitless, no noseband. She is VERY smart! She does not need to be micro-managed.

Sometimes the horse has to be "allowed" to be smart; the rider needs to give up the bit, noseband, and constant / heavy contact on the reins.

Does giving up the bit, noseband, and constant contact make the rider nervous? does it feel like the rider is giving up control?

Check out a different paradigm: Horse-Human Attraction

More information at the Icelandic Horse Connection

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Icelandic Horse Wordle

This is a neat toy tool by that will take your input of words and organize them in different, artistic ways.

Click onto the image above to see a larger version.

These are words from our email discussion list of Icelandic Horse owners.