View Full Version : Icelandics?? where can I get one
12th Oct 2003, 06:34 PM
A few of you who have replied to my other post have suggested an Icelandic (which I do love as I tried them a while back) The few that have suggested Iceys have said they are rather cheap?? Please can you tell me where I can find an Icelandic youngster (preferably a foal) that is cheap as I know of none.
13th Oct 2003, 11:12 AM
maybe if you contact the breeding society www.ihsgb.freeserve.co.uk ?
13th Oct 2003, 12:07 PM
I don't know where you are Ted's mum, but I don't think they're particularly cheap in the south of England anyway. They're a rare breed and they're carefully trained, which takes a long time to train. Although from what I've read, they're worth it.
13th Oct 2003, 12:11 PM
yes, they are!! and, well, *everything* seems to be more expensive down south, so you're probably better off following wally's advice on the matter!
13th Oct 2003, 03:23 PM
icelandics are certainly not the cheapest horse to buy, you can get good deals but they are still pricey animals because of their gaits.
Icelandic foals need to grow up in herds, they need the time to develop and be left alone to play with their own kind with little human contact. One doesnt start training the icelandic until it's 4 - 4.5yrs old and that means general breaking in and turned away for the winter until they are 5 to be ridden.
Unless you have help/get help or send horse away to be trained properly, or know about they extra gaits of an icelandic i wouldnt buy a youngster as you have to deal with training them in tolt in the beginning and understandng that it may take a year or two or never to get them to learn to trot.
I have an icelandic mare, i bought her at the age of 7, and had trained her to tolt myself, its hard work and you have to know whta you are doing but then i had the advantage of working at an icelandic farm and riding many different horses and gained a lot of experience. You would be amazed at how easy some horses are to ride and how difficult others are.
also with a foal you never know exactly if its going to a placid horse or a high fiery icelandic. You dont know if its going to be 3 gaited, 4-gaited or 5 gaited. You dont know if it's going to be compatible with your needs. I personally would suggest as a first time icelandic to buy a horse of 6yrs and above, one that has the experience, has an easy to ride natural tolt and you get along with.
13th Oct 2003, 05:28 PM
I don't think I'll get an Icelandic then as lovely as they are etc (I loved riding them) I really want a youngster to bring on myself etc.
I think I'll keep looking, I'll definately have one one day though.
13th Oct 2003, 05:53 PM
i just read some of your other posts, and i think if you can get some help or do a course with your youngster specialised in icelandics then you could probably do it!
13th Oct 2003, 08:04 PM
Try Nick Foot at Oakfield Icelandic Horses (http://dialspace.dial.pipex.com/mic.oakfield/) He is a very good place to start and probably knows every icey in the country and which are for sale (and who their mother/grandmother are and every name in their pedigree)
I guess I should add.....Nick is well over 6 foot tall, he is pictured on his web site , see the Viking battel reinactment page ...second phot on grey horse wearing green shirt and saucepan on his head.
13th Oct 2003, 09:08 PM
No, that's his hair:D :D :D
16th Oct 2003, 05:17 PM
Hi I actually know Nick foot as it was his lovely mare Ardis that I rode as my first icey. He's really nice but unfortunately his iceys are too expensive even though they are mighty cute.
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