April 24, 2015

The Case Against the Fjord

A little while ago, there were a few OTTB posts flying around.  SprinklerBandits had a great post about the case against the OTTB, and Lauren had a nice rebuttal.  Now, during the short three years I have had Ypke, I have received the opportunity to meet numerous Fjords and chat with other owners about the breed.  The majority seem to have similar findings. 
Fjord horse mare

Before I begin, please note that of course this is just grouping my own findings together as a whole. Clearly, this is not the case for all Fjords (or any horse for that matter).  There is good and bad no matter what we are talking about.  I'm sure your ponykins is just a darling.  I personally love the breed and LOVE Ypke.

They are hard to come by and more expensive

A quick browse through the registry revealed that there are only 872 Fjords in the PNW (to clarify: I am just counting between Oregon and Washington).  Note that the PNW is actually one of the most populated areas as far as Fjords go.  For comparison, I randomly clicked on Oklahoma - there were only 48.  As with anything, rarity increases the price.  With today's prices, the most common price I saw was $8,000.  Note that the price was with no super duper fantastic training - just solid w/t/c.

Horse lunging


They are too smart for their own good!
Hands down, from what I have experienced, observed, and heard, Fjords are rather manipulative horses.  If there is a will, there is a way.  Whether it is getting out of work, locating the nearest patch of grass, or who knows what else, Fjords can and will take advantage of you.

Horse bucking

Their looks are deceiving
Don't be fooled by the chubby, fluffy, adorable Fjords.  I'm telling you - they are stubborn and manipulating!  They find your weak points and exploit them.


Fjord horse mane
Don't fall for the fuzzy ears
They are "easy" keepers
If there is such thing as TOO much of an easy keeper, Fjords are first in line.  Unless the horse had a health problem, every person agrees that they seem to get fat off of air.  Many people consider this both a blessing and a curse.  Founder is definitely a possibility.



Horse bucking
And they throw fits when they can't find grass

I think that about sums it up!  I will also be writing up a Case for the Fjord soon!

16 comments:

  1. Excellent post! I think it could be renamed "The Case Against the Haflinger". My boy exhibits all these behaviors and then some :)

    On a side note, I would love to add a fjord, but they really are hard to find.

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    1. Thank you! :) I've heard that Haffies and Fjords are like two peas in a pod!

      They are a great breed, but you are right - they're challenging to find if you don't live in the right area.

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  2. very interesting! i honestly have never met a fjord - but somehow am not at all surprised by your assessment. they seem like REALLY cool horses, but perhaps kinda 'pony-ish' in their intelligence.

    my arab is very smart - but her breeding is all about loyalty and giving their heart to their ppl, and not so much about evasion. whereas when i think of smart ponies, i think of the ones who have learned to rub their riders off on fences or tree branches haha

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    1. Yes, it really does depend on the day! When she uses her brains for good everything seems to go harmonious. Then, of course, she suddenly switches into her naughty pony frame of mind.

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  3. Interesting! I've only met one Fjord but not for more than a few minutes so I don't have any firsthand experience with their personalities.

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  4. The earz. With those tiny black tips!!?? I want the earz.

    And yes, Fjords sound just like my Haffie. Adorable, manipulative little suckers!

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    1. The earz are one of her most redeeming qualities.

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  5. Yup... I still neeeeed one...

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  6. Here in Sweden (and Norway) fjords are very very cheap. Probably since there is quite a lot of them ;) Almost all swedes have ridden some as a kid. And just as you say, most of them knows what they want and how to get it, they can be very determined...=not very good ponies for kids since they will mostly do whatever it is they want.
    A couple of years ago there was a competition in Gothenburg where famous riders (german and swedish) competed whith fjords to show off the breed. There are lot of talk in swedish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buC6QYzpp60

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    1. Interesting, that sounds kind of like Quarter Horses around here!

      It is actually a bit ironic because whenever I mention that I have a Fjord the most common comment is, "Oh, I would love to get one of those for my kids! They are so sweet." Yup, sure they are....

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  7. hahah that's delightful! I can't say I've ever ridden a Fjord but I've definitely seen them around!

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  8. Love it. Each and every point I can empathize with.
    We're dealing with a little unwanted weight ..her grazing muzzle is coming this week ...that should be interesting - to say the least. I'm sure she'll think I'm pure evil ..but it's for her own good. *sniff* right ? lol

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    1. Oh no, the dreaded grazing muzzle - a Fjord's worst nightmare!

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