A Little about each Horse
I have bred 11 horses from my precious breeding mares Elding, Blue and Frá, and then second generation Héla.
In my breeding choices, I was always looking at the bloodlines and mainly decided for Kolkuos horses.
It is important to match conformation, temperament and spirit between the stallion and the mare.
My main goal was to breed good trail horses with lots of spirit and natural gait for intermediate to advanced riders. I looked for off spring with all five gaits, and bred my mares only to 5-gaited and/or naturally tolting stallions that have some pace as well. All horses in my breeding program are linebred and trace their lines not far back to very famous and well known horses in or from Iceland.
Below are the horses that are here at the ranch, and maybe some of them are for sale, but only to proper equine homes that can offer lots of love, barn, paddock and pasture. They all are very beloved family members and will only go to a new place that I feel is well worthy of them.
Elding vom Dissenhof DE199220981
She is a typical Pace Racer Lady, well
5-gaited, size: 140 cm breeding mare, with
5 well separated gaits and nice leg action. She has tolt in a good speed range and great flying pace, her bloodlines are out of mainly Kolkuos horses, Hrafn v Holtsmula and Vördur v Kyrholti mixt with Sörli v Saudarkroki. She got several prizes back home for Flying Pace Racing (incl. Swiss National Championship) and 5-Gait Competition in Switzerland. There she is well known for her qualities in willingness and speed. She had 7 offspring and is my heart horse, the big Love of this life.
FEIF Assessment Certificate: Spirit 8, General Impression 8, Tölt 7.5, Slow Tölt 8, Pace 8, Gallop 8, Canter 7.5, Trot 7, Walk 8.5
Bláma from Schmalztopf US1996203342
I call her Blue. Blue is a Kolkuos Bloodline breeding mare as well, Hrafn fra Kroggolfsstodum, Hördur fra Kolkuosi, Hrafn fra Holtsmula. She is very elegant, good size 141 cm, 4-gaited breeding mare with big and powerful movements. She is 23 years old now, had 5 offspring and is still a very beautiful Lady, has excellent conformation, she is especially beautiful in movement. She is all in white now. For me she is easy to ride, but has not been ridden much in her life, she has always had a baby on her side since I have had her and she did not have a lot of training when I got her. Blue is the best girl-friend of Elding and will stay here. Her remaining off-spring are available, Hela & Hara are both ready to go.
Fifill fra Holmahjaleigu IS1996184403
He has size and look of a horse, he is 151 cm. He is the biggest one we could find in Iceland, and he once was meant to be for my ex-men, and he wanted a horse! He has natural tölt with nice speed, and his pace is not all that fast, I would call him a natural tolter. His trot is smooth too, but tölt is his best gait. He is well trained for trail rides, including neck raining. He is very good at ponying younger horses, and he likes to do that. He is an easy to ride horse and is good for any guest that is a bit heavy for a pony and would like to try a gaited horse for a little ride. He also is a good teacher for riding lessons and therefore I like him a lot too.
Eylimi from Hestar Ranch US2006103335
He is the sire of Hreindýr (2009) and Eldfrá and Elja (2010). He is an elegant 5-gaited horse with five well-separated gaits and wonderful fluid movements.
He is a smart and talented horse, and I want him to have the opportunity to continue to show this. He is very much a gentleman, but still plays the protective role of a studhorse, taking good care of the mares and younger boys while they are out on pasture. He keeps them all together, especially if there is a potential danger or if the mares are in heat and near the fence line, as there are wild horse herds bordering our property. So he has an important job besides being a riding horse for me! He is not for sale.
Skrugga from Hestar Ranch US2006203722 She is a 5-gaited mare with lots and lots of spirit and speed! She is a daughter of Elding and Smari in 2006. She is showing all five gaits with good speed on pasture and under the saddle too. She did not have to learn to tölt and pace, she has just done it in a nice speed range from the first day I went on the trails with her. She is very athletic and extremely powerful. Skrugga has a lot of potential and would have been a fine competition horse. She has very good speed and also is very enthusiastic, but also hard headed. Her excellent talent in gaiting, her very good size, strong body and her pretty color would make her a quality breeding horse. She is my long distance riding horse and is not for sale.
Hára from Hestar Ranch US2007203599
She is a 5-gaited daughter of Bláma and Hördur in 2007. She is very attractive and she shows all five gaits on pasture and under saddle. She has some natural tölt from Hördur and her trot is good too. She is tall, a very good size mare and also a very good looking lady with nice conformation that could be used for breeding. Under saddle she is great forward and does all five gaits, but pace is not trained. She likes to go on the trails, is enthusiastic and good forward, but her rider needs to be experienced and have a very fine hand. I ride her on trails and she is coming along with her tölt. She needs a confident rider, because she is still a bit scared of new objects on the trails.
Héla from Hestar Ranch US2006203716
She is a 5-gaited mare, 2006 daughter of Bláma and Hervar from Schmalztopf. She has had one colt, Hreindýr. She has a solid, easy-going temperament, nice movement and well-separated five gaits. She is very forward under saddle, with an extremely good walk and big movement, and her tölt and trot are easy to find. She likes to go out on the trails, even by herself. She has a lovely, soft-hearted personality. She does have grade 1 heaves and therefore could only be a light riding horse and/or companion for another Icelandic. You will need to be able to properly manage her heaves. Look for her in the ranch movie: she is the grey one going through the sage brush and tölting on the trail with me, and rolling gloriously at the end of our ride!
Hreindýr from Hestar Ranch US2008103906 He is a 5-gaited son of Héla and Eylimi from Hestar Ranch. Like his parents, his gaits are well-separated, with nice movement. He is very stout and strongly built, and can easily carry a man who is not tall or heavy. He still loves to play in the herd, especially with his father. He is ready for more training now, as he is doing very well with me riding out on the ranch trails. He will be a nice looking tölter and ranch horse. He has learned to "stay with me", he follows me without a lead, and he is getting more training under saddle this year. He is currently being ridden in a side pull. He needs more training on trails, especially with gaits; then he will be ready for a new home that has at least one other Icelandic gelding, as play is very important to a gelding like him!
Hunar from Hestar Ranch US2008103907
I call him Huni. He is born in 2008, 5-gaited son of Elding and Hördur. He shows all 5 gaits on pasture with lots of natural tölt and some pace. He has long legs and is good-sized, more than 14 hands now. He is growing into a wonderful, quality trail and ranch horse with lots of easy tölt. He has some pace but will not trained now. He is very handsome and loves to hang out with me, but also loves to goof around, run and play with the herd. He has been ridden on the trail, but needs more miles, and tölt training is on the list for him as well. He will tölt in a side-pull now for a short time. He is not for sale at the moment, as I will likely keep him as a guest trail-riding horse.
Eldfrá from Hestar Ranch US2010204270
She is a very pretty and talented 5-gaited filly out of Elding and Eylimi, born in 2010. She has a good temperament, size and conformation. She is much like her mother Elding, and will step into her mother's place, as Elding is getting older now. She has great potential in all 5 gaits and will be an athletic, sensitive trail horse for an experienced rider. She will also make a lovely broodmare. She has had a difficult time in her first two years, as she was attacked twice while on pasture, once by a mountain lion and once by a bear. She is fine now, but her scars are still visible. She will stay here and will not be sold.
Gjafar from Schmalztopf US1993103326
He is an older 4-gaited gelding with expressive gaits, but not much tölt. He is more likely 3-gaited. He has a big walk, very nice trot and good 3-beat gallop. He strides out and is fast in all 3 basic gaits. He is now 27 years old, but is still a good trail horse, walking much faster than most big horses and preferring to lead. He is a wonderful caretaker to the mares and younger horses, and he still likes to play with the youngsters, more than any other gelding. He was a studhorse for many years, and he always tells me when a mare comes into heat! He likes all horses, and kids, too. He is almost retired except for what he choses to do on his own will.
Fagri Blakkur from Schmalztopf US2003103325
His name means Beautiful Black Boy, and this is really what he is. He is a very sensitive and talented 4-gaited gelding. He has a great range of speed and likes to please, but he also can get afraid of new things. Fagri needs a very experienced, confident rider with a fine hand who can bring out the best in him. He is absolutely perfect for ponying as a hand horse too, and I think he could be packed with, especially next to Fifill--he loves Fifill and feels safe next to him. Watch us in the ranch movie! I ponied him a lot before riding him so that he could learn to trust and get to know the trails before riding out. Unfortunately USIHC has cancelled his registration, as his previous owner did not take care of his import paperwork and it has now been lost.
People ask me if I really would sell some of my Icelandic horses
Yes, there are a few for sale. There are some that I am way too attached to sell; those will stay here with me. However, I will sell my horses only to proper equine homes, and the most important thing is this: I have to feel that the horses are really happy with their new owners and will be loved and cared for, similar as I do. My horses are my best friends and family members, and they will only go to homes that I feel are worthy of them, and to people that are knowledgeable with equines and will care for and play with them in order to keep them happy and in shape.
I would prefer that at least two horses could go together to a new place.
Horses are such family-oriented animals, that it would be very hard on one horse to leave this herd all by itself.
So, I will smile & close one eye and offer a good package-herd price for the buyer who purchases more than one horse and promises to keep them forever or give them back to me if their situation changes and they can no longer keep the horses.
We never know what life will give us!
I will always take back any horse that I did sell, if the new owner is not happy with the horse,
or is not able to keep it. I do not want any of my horses go from one owner to the next...and the next!
I like to have each horse to be back home, if their trip into the world did not work out well.