Due to the number of emails that I have received from either children parading
as adults or lunatics (how would I know the difference), I'm going to enumerate
some guidelines for anyone seriously interested in acquiring one of our special
Icelandic horses. Things that we need to know about you and that you need to know
about us. If you tell us NOTHING, do not be surprised if that is your response, i.e.
We will NOT repsond to any anonymous (meaning we do not know who you are & you're
not telling us) emails, period!
If you can't tell us who you are & where you are, then please do not waste our time.
We need to know this about you. First off your physical characteristics, particularly
your weight. Height is helpful too. Next, we need to know your experience/knowledge
in regards to caring for a horse and the same for your riding and/or training skills
or understanding (which may be you're going to use a professional trainer). Next we
need to know where you'd be keeping any horse that you acquire from us. Best if you
own your own place and keep them at your home. Most horses hate standing in a stall
24 hours a day or near that, particularly Icelandics, who prefer to be outside unless
the weather is really bad (cold/wet together). The mean temperature in Iceland during
the winter is about 25 degrees Fahrenheit. It gets far colder in the US than in Iceland
which most folks do NOT understand. Each horse is unique and you have to learn exactly
what your horse needs in regards to temperature/weather care. I have one older/mature
stallion that does not grow a thick coat in winter and needs an all weather blanket/turn-out
in really cold and/or cold/wet weather. He's a bit unique in this, but it must be done for him.
We are ready willing and able to guide folks who do not have some of this necessary
knowledge, but if we give folks advice and they fail to follow it or fail to provide us
with pertinent information, yet continue to bug us, we will NOT continue in such a fruitless
endeavor, due to a demonstration of either an unwillingness to learn or cooperate or an
incapacity to do either, particularly if this has hurt any horses.
My time is very valuable and I am not going to waste it. On the other hand, if anyone
cooperates, listens learns & moves forward, we generally will go out of our way to help
and have even done this for folks caring for their Icelandic horse, that they had before
we met them.
Gudmar once told me something that I assume is common knowledge in Iceland, and that it takes
at least 100 years to learn how to become a really good horseman, and none of ever live that
long so we do the best that we can. But it's very important to keep seeking knowledge forever,
and learning, as we all screw up often, being the limited humans that we are.
I've been caring for a fairly large number of Iceland horses (dozens) alone for over 15 years
and am still learning, which we all need to do. Reading the ideas/experiences that our long
heritage of horse people have passed down to us, not just for centuries but thousands of years
is most helpful.
The more you tell me up front, the quicker we'll get down to productive business, that is
beneficial to both of us, hopefully.
We will NOT repsond to any anonymous (meaning we do not know who you are & you're not
telling us) emails, period!
Best of luck finding the right horse for you.
If no response, try calling 512-508-7027 afternoons or early evenings
New number as of July, 2014. Voice mail may not yet be set up.
This is NOT a cell phone which I have NO need of. So you can NOT text us.
Leave a message and I usually check them every few days or so, so be patient.
If you don't hear back in a week, email us, as I am not a phone oriented person.
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