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Sulphur Springs Vera (Ivy)
(Anvil’s Steinfinn x Ashwood Valina)
2002 registered Norwegian Fjord mare. 14.1h
Ivy is such a sweetheart! She is one of the smartest and friendliest horses I’ve worked with, and she likes to think of herself as being extremely helpful around the farm. If only she could actually hold a hammer!
Ivy’s Blog Posts
Heated indoor arena
Posted on: January 09, 2008
My friend Jane and I took the Fjords to the indoor arena at the fairgrounds this morning to ride during their “open riding” session. Ah, how nice to get out and ride again! The weather has not been very cooperative. We were both dressed for frigid temps because we didn’t realize that the indoor would be heated. It was rather toasty in there.
Neither Belle nor Ivy had been ridden since I took lessons on them in early December, but they were both very well behaved, especially considering they’d never been there before. There were several other riders there, all on Quarter Horses, and one of the QHs was a little freaked out by the Fjords. He kept staring at them as if he couldn’t quite make out what the heck those little mohawk ponies were! Pretty funny. But it reminded me that whenever I take the Fjords somewhere, they’re going to end up being “ambassadors” for the breed just because the breed is so rare. So they better continue being well behaved!
The county just opened up this morning “open riding” session, and we plan to make good use of it in the future!
Good lessons – with Ivy
Posted: December 10, 2007
I took Ivy for a lesson with a local Fjord breeder who has a natural horsemanship and classical dressage background, and she really helped us along. Ivy is pretty green when it comes to arena basics, like bending to the inside and leg yielding, and the instructor helped me simplify what I was asking for so that Ivy could more easily comply.
Ivy was completely at ease in the new location and remained her lively, friendly self. She didn’t even mind when another horse left the indoor arena just as she was arriving; she just went to work. What a good girl!