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Norwegian Fjords and Dressage Lessons


Most recent update December 31, 2016

WORKING STUDENT NEEDED

Working students are needed.  For the most part working students are trading corral cleaning for training and lessons.

I may also have students exercise lesson horses in addition to their regular lessons. 

Other barter situations may be considered. 

ANVIL'S SOLSKINN

Anvil's Solskinn is a yellow dun stallion born 2007.  "Sunny" has 3 correct gaits, a very nice topline and a very sweet and mellow temperament.  My trainer thinks he will be a collection specialist.  You would want to breed your mare to Sunny if you want to calm down your line or your breeding goal is a family horse, pleasure horse or a trail horse.  Sunny was ridden western and on trails prior to moving to California, he is now learning dressage. You can see the difference already in the roundness of his frame between August (my first ride on him in Utah) and the lower picture of him being ridden by my working student in October.

CORGI HILL LUTESON

Corgi Hill Luteson is a red dun stallion born 2007. He has an exuberant personality and expressive gaits.  You would want to breed to Luteson to add scope to your mares gaits and good solid bone.   You would want to breed to Luteson if your breeding goal is a performance horse - dressage or combined driving.      Before moving to California he was ridden Western.  He had solid basics, now he is learning  dressage and we've trotted him over some ground poles - which he though was a whole lot of fun.      Top 2 pictures are Lute in California, the bottom 2 were when I tried him out in Utah.  (my first ride on him.)                                                                                                                                                                  

Breeding to Luteson or Solskinn


Corgi Hill Luteson and Anvil's Solskinn will be offered at stud in 2017 for the introductory fee of $1,000.  Booking fee of $350.
Both stallions will be bred only to Registered Norwegian Fjord horses only.
Due to the isolated and small nature of our farm, and my busy show and teaching schedule, we are only going to be offering frozen semen. 
We will be working with a frozen semen expert.  The stallions will be sent out for collection in May of 2017.
(If you are unfamiliar with the protocols of frozen semen I can give you references on request.)
Since both stallions are as yet unproven in the breeding shed, for 2017, both booking fee and breeding fee will be refundable if your chosen stallion has unsatisfactory semen evaluation when we send them to be collected.
Breeding contract will be otherwise "standard" with live foal guarantee. We will be selling you a breeding for 1 foal, not selling semen by the dose.  (explaining this because some hot shot warmbloods do just sell you some straws with no guarantees) 
If interested contract me for breeding contract.

There are those who have questioned why a mature woman would suddenly acquire 2 Fjord stallions.  It all started when I began thinking of breeding my wonderful 2nd level dressage mare "Yeti" and there was nothing local that I wanted to breed to.  With his fabulous movement, Luteson seemed the perfect cross, but Lisa only wanted to sell him.  I also liked Sunny for his great temperament (since my previous stallion was a bit of a handful).  So, when I went to try them out...with the intent of getting only one stallion, Lisa made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and I ended up with two!

I recently read that Fjord foal production is down 80% in the last decade.  So I thought I would produce a foal or two to help the decline... and provide what is most likely my final generation as the 2018 foal crop will provide my old age companion.

There is nothing in this situation that can be considered permanent.  We don't have the acreage to stockpile dozens of fjord foals.  So if people don't breed to the stallions or buy the foals... a nice stallion makes a great gelding.
So if you are thinking about breeding to one of my boys, don't delay, this may be a limited opportunity.


Breeding for Color

You will notice that I didn't list "getting a foal of a particular color" in the reasons to breed to Lute or Sunny.
there is an excellent discussion of color genetic on the NFHR website;  http://www.nfhr.com/catalog/index.php?colorinh=1

However I will summarize the practical issues here:
*If you have a brown dun mare and you breed to a red dun or yellow dun stallion, you have AT BEST a 50/50 chance of anything other than brown dun. (even that 50/50 chance depends on what recessives the mare carries)
*The red gene and the yellow gene will not express themselves in the presence of the brown gene
*The only 100% sure color cross is red dun X red dun  always = red dun (since red dun is a homozygous recessive)
*Yellow dun is a heterozygous modifier to red dun and thus does not breed true.

The bottom line is that unless you have a red dun mare and you'd like a red dun offspring, Breed to Lute or Sunny because they are great stallions, and if you get a "fun" colored foal, consider it a bonus.


Build your own Fjord Foal

We also offer an opportunity to select one of our mares and breed her to Luteson or Solskinn.
You pay the stud fee and a small monthly lease fee and the foal  is sold to you for $1 in its first week.  Live foal guarantee.
See the forth downs main page for a description of our mares. Contact us for any details and questions
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