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Anonymous - 2012-11-17
I am trying to convince my parents on getting me a horse or pony. Fjords are my number one breed, and they're good for beginner owners as well. (I heard) And since they don't need shoes and I would be able to do pasture board and rough board since I like taking care of horses. I wouldn't be doing a lot of shows since I need to get back into the basics. I remember a lot about riding but I haven't even stated jumping or dressage yet so right now it would be a pleasure horse for trail riding. Since I wouldn't need a blanket for the winter but will need some feed (where I live we have a lot of feed...That's mainly all we grow here!) how expensive would owning a Fjord be? People say that the breed doesn't make the horse cheaper but in this case I personally think it does. Fjords don't need shoes, winter jackets, love the pastures (so pasture board would be best.) and Colic and the other thing is rare in them. I would always groom and trim my pony and I'm 4 foot 11. My parents are mainly concerned about money. The vet and boarding will be the most expensive but I'm thinking of getting horse insurance as well, so do you think this would be a good beginner horse? Would it be a little bit cheaper than a thoroughbred or with horse insurance, without shoes, not doing shows, and would only need those yearly shots and deworming? (I'm thinking of giving shots by myself.)

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  • Jessie - 2012-11-18
    Fjords are just as, if not more expensive to keep and care for as any other horse. They can easily need shoes depending on the terrain you ride. Sand, gravel and any kind of paving will grind down their hard little feet. (we currently only have our mares front feet done, but the no shoe thing is a myth.) They also eat ALOT if you let them. They are 100% feed motivated and if pasture kept and not restrained WILL become overwieght quickly which will lead to tons of health issues. Yes twice a year shots and deworming is easy and cheap, but don't forget about yearly dental which is very important and not cheap. If you live in a very cold environment as we do blanketing IS needed, just because they have arctic bloodlines doesn't mean that YOUR horse is adapted to cold temps, it takes time to acclimate. They are great horses, very smart (which can make training a challenge) and would recomend them to almost eveyone, and your original theory is correct that you might save a little $ over a larger hotter breed but not much and the upfront cost for a properly bred Fjord with good bloodlines (regardless of you showing or not make sure the parents have both been evaluated and given a score by the registry, it will ensure the foal hasn't been too inbred. A big problem in Fjords which also leads to many health issues.) can also be pricey. Good luck in your hunt! Oh and don't forget their average life span is closer to 30 years than 20 as with other breeds so it is a very long term commitment and investment.
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Ali Jay - 2009-12-17
horses are so cool like the Lithuania stallion

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destiny - 2012-10-22
I've always wanted a clydesdale but there so expensive and I don't have room at my house! I wish somewhere there was a close horse ranch with clydesdales! <3 from Wisconsin

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Rita - 2012-10-16
Anglo arabs are the best horses EVER!!!!

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keith - 2011-02-20
What color are lipazzaner horses at birth?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-10-08
    Usually black or very dark grey/brown. They lighten as they get older = the lighter a lipizzaner, the older it is :-)
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Bee - 2012-10-07
My barn has a halfi, and I've taken to brushing him. He's the sweetest, chunkiest pony ever! Whenever i ride him, he's perfect, and his trot is SO comfortable. In love with them....

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Anonymous - 2011-07-06
I love this website! It has really helped me to find out all I can about horses before getting my own.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-06
    I am glad. Tell us about your pony.
  • monica - 2011-12-06
    you can get your horse involved in a jumping competition to take place in south africa . it is a long term competition and for every race the horse has a commission to earn which will be paid directly to your account for more details contact dac.monica4@gmail.com.
    thanks
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-16
    i have a horse to (: but she is really like a big baby
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karen ash - 2012-01-27
I just got my first appy this october and he is a very frisky boy. I lovehimto death!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    Wonderful:-) happy for you
  • Vanessa Hamley - 2012-04-08
    That is good. I have always wanted an appaloosa.:)
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cazzie - 2012-08-22
I have a 20 year old clydesdale mare called Lady Jane and she is an absoloute star, one in a million, it will be our first winter together this year and am dreading the cost of feeding her!! haha!! She has become a bit footsore on cobbles and stones so will be getting her shod next week

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Vicki - 2011-08-09
I've always loved horses. I finally have 2 beautiful quarter horses. One 3 year old bay filly and a 11 year old gelding. Both are good and gentle animals. The gelding is trained as a cattle pony and the filly we are just starting to work with. However, my location is limited and I find the other people do not take very good care of their horses. Can someone tell me if you can feed horses pretty much just water and bread. I don't have many options at this to move mine, but I just don't think this is right. Need advise.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
    I am not an expert but I don't think you can feed horses bread and water. They normally eat the hays and grasses and graze. This is rougage and keeps digestion going. I would think there would be a chance of the bread expanding inthe stomach and possibly causing a blockage. I don't know but that would be my concern. I had 3 miniatures and they would run around with the dogs and I didn't pay a whole lot of attentin sometimes. The horses ate the dog food and I didn't think anything of it. I thought odd but not weird. I had three not well horses with a lot of diarrhea and at least the food went trhough but had to get the vet over etc before the horses got dehydrated.
  • VictoRiia Lopez - 2012-03-21
    i think bread is not a good option. It has flour on it which may stick in your horses stomach and cause it to have colics or something like that. My horse died from this, because of wet hay she ate.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-26
    Its so great that you have these beautiful horses, a dream come true:) Water is very important, bread however, is not really a good mainstay as their food source.  In nature horses forage a mixture of grasses, clovers, and grains, along with an occasional herb or woody shrub. Their gut is designed for almost non-stop grazing. A high quality forage like hay, along with some grains are the foods that are primarily necessary for their diet. These provide both the proper nutrients as well a the necessary fiber for digestion. The average 1,000-pound adult horse needs about 15 - 20 pounds of hay per day along with some grain supplements.
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