Animal Stories - Norwegian Fjord


Animal-World Information about: Norwegian Fjord

  The Norwegian Fjord Horse is not only one of the oldest breed of horse, but it is also one of the purest breeds!
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Anonymous - 2012-12-04
I have had my Fjord gelding almost 2 years. He is a character---and very lazy. His ground manners are excellent. He is stubborn and willful but after some convincing alot of fun. This was my horse of choice after not riding for many years. I am not sorry. The only problem is, he is always the star and the center of attention wherever we go. I must try to ride up to his elegant beauty. Stable and calm, a real rock when around horses that are acting up. Quite a guy.

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  • Susan Felix - 2017-12-14
    Mine is 17 yrs old and I had him when he was 2yrs old. He is so good and stable . I was out on a trail ride about a month ago and the other horses I was with spooked at something in the field . Not sure if it was a deer or they say a mountain lion. All the horses took off full speed . My fjord wanted to trot off , but I stopped him and did a one rein stop. He was amazing and listend and a good boy. Proud mom.
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smith - 2017-05-25
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juelanne dalzell - 2017-05-23
I just bought what I believe to be a Norwegian Fjord. I love this gelding but would like to know his breeding. Is there anywhere I could check his DNA to find out his blood lines?

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Jesper - 2015-11-02
hi i was wondering if any one could tell me what would be old enough to start to ride a norwegian fjord horse for there a norwegian fjord horse thats 3 years old that i want to buy but am not sure if hes old enough to hold my weight I weigh 160 lbs and I don’t want to hurt the little guy

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  • Cortney - 2016-05-26
    You can't hurt this breed. They are very strong animals. Even Ponies can hold 2-3x their weight, so there would be no problem in you riding him. Only ride bareback on some occasions though, because direct pressure on their back can cause some slight pain once in a while. Otherwise, GO FOR IT! You'll have fun and so will your horse! :)
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julie - 2015-10-05
We are considering buying a Norwegian Fjord that is very sweet & even (somewhat) broken but has foundered in the past. Should this cause some concern? Is he ruined? He is probably close to 7 & hasn't been ridden in five years, so how much would be a fair price to offer?

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Kelly Hoffman Patterson - 2014-07-14
I have a 5-6 yr old Fjord, shy of 15 hands and about 1100lbs. Just moved him to Florida from Nebraska. Everyone that sees him says he is fat. He does not have a belly and to me, looks good. Only thing I notice, but thought it a Fjord thing, is his crested neck. He is in a large paddock but does need some exercise, which starts this weekend with the round pen. He is only on hay, from Nebraska, right now. Should I be feeding anything else? supplements, etc?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Sounds like you have a wonderful horse. Hay is very good and should be the main component of a horses diet as it provides roughage. There are also many specialized supplements for coat, joints, and hooves that can be fed for extra nutrition. However, I would talk to an equine veterinarian in the area about his diet before adding supplementation. You can learn more diet in the horse feeding section on the 'Horse Care Page'... here: http://horses.animal-world.com/information/horse-care.php#Horse Feeding
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LL - 2012-05-04
Hi, can someone give me some input on feeding of fyord horse, located in florida, how much food does it need .. really....... it gets no grazing and only gets minimal hay, one to two flakes coastal hay, bored to death, only gets 1/4 of scoop twice a day. very depressed horse......

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  • Jim Smith - 2013-04-22
    Sounds like he needs a job, put him to work. Horses do not make good lawn ornaments. It is your job as a responsible horse owner to keep him fit, which means exercise, which in turn will stimulate his mind.
  • Dream Giver - 2013-08-21
    I see this all the time running a rescue. People talk about fat unmanageable horses. Horses need jobs and interaction. Don't try to manage weight with feed alone. They need exercise and socialization. Give them direction and love or please people don't get animals!
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Synne - 2013-06-19
Im from Norway, and love our fjord horses. I can only tell you about the norvegian type since they are bred differently in other parts of the world, but they are indeed amazing horses. They are strong both in mind and body, have a robust body, good health and are probably one of the worlds best all-round horses. They are up to anything! In Norway, no animal that isnt gentle are taken out of the breeding program, no matter how good it may be, this to ensure that the breed stays gentle. They are just as perfect to beginners as they are to more advanced riders. But it does not give you anything for free, you get exanctly what you are asking for, nothing less, nothing more, so in other words, the fjord is just as good as you. Norway got two other native breeds that are superb! The dole is a bigger horse, wery beautiful, gentle and healty. The northern pony (nordlandshest/lyngshest) is a old horsebreed (some say just as old as the fjord, but it has not been proven)and is realy goodlooking and cute :) I love our norwegian horses :D

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    What a fascinating story! I would love to see your Norwegian horses... and please... add pictures:)
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athompson - 2012-04-06
I have had my fjord gelding for 10 months now. He is very good natured but does have a will of his own when he wants to ex, Bucking when he can't get his own way and sometimes takes off unexpectedly when riding outside. Does anyone else have this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-06
    I thought that was just spirit. You wouldn't want a riding companion that doesn't have a little personality and get up and go. Would you? Now, you know sometimes you just have to let the fella think he is the boss - and then learn how to lead. I much prefer a horse with a little personality then a peaceful, always there, blah personality. He is just got a little spirit. This can be true of any breed of horse ---
  • mrs colette perriman - 2012-08-18
    Yes I have a fjord as well and he's the same.  He was great when I first got him but now very strong, and tries it on when out hacking, turns me round to go his way and I try turning him round again he gets a right strop and starts playing up. I'm quite a nervous rider to so he scares me when he does this.  If I  let him he would gallop all the way back to the yard. But so good on the ground,and very loving,just chances when out hacking.
  • Jim Smith - 2013-04-22
    Sounds to me as though the horse is in control not the rider. I have spent my entire life (58 years old)around horse. I trained professionally for 10 year, worked as a blacksmith for another 10, the balance showing and just enjoying horses. Any horse can have the issues you are experiencing with your horse. Sounds as if you would benefit from some round pen work, getting your horse in control, as well as taking the rough edges off before mounting up and heading down the trail.
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Craig - 2013-03-08
2-4% of their weight? A 1,000 pound Fjord would get between 20-40 pounds of feed a day! What am I missing here?

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