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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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: Feeding
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!
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:)
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.
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?

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.

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.
Dana - 2011-11-08
I just bought A Fjord and so far she is turning out to be great. Just love her already. She is gentle and kind and very smart. She loves to eat though so must watch her diet and give her regular exercise.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-08
    That is one cool horse... yay, I'm jealous:) She's going to love all the regular excercise too, and the accompanying attention.
Corina Esch - 2012-03-30
Got a Fjord gelding a couple of years ago, best horse I've ever had. Sooo affectionate!

Lori Spiker - 2012-04-03
I just got my first Fjord a few weeks ago, she is 23 and one of the most foward and powerful horses I have ever owned, yet she is graceful and light on her feet. She is very intelligent, sweet, kind, and a bit willful, but she makes riding so fun! I wish I had a Fjord years ago. I was mis-informed 25+ years ago that they weren't very nice horses....I should have checked around with other owners after that comment, I feel I've missed out all these years of having these wonderful horses. I am very grateful I have one now! I will own this breed the rest of my life, I couldn't be happier.