Before you send me email, read the text below if you expect a response.
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.
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 if you're not 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.
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 20 years
and am still learning, which we all need to do.
The more you tell me up front, the quicker we'll get down to productive business, that is
beneficial to both of us, hopefully.
Best of luck finding the right horse for you.
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