These pictures are taken one week ago. We had such a beautiful weather with strong sunlight and I could not resist to take a short walk with the camera.
Like usually Húni was very confident ^^
The spoiled Strákur frá Vatnsleysu in his paddock.
Next up was a visit to the foals. We always take them home to Sæból for their first winter so we can feed them extra well. They also get halter trained and used to get their legs picked up.
The eye above belongs to Spes.
Djörfung has a rather strong Hornafjörður bloodline.
Here I was standing to close with my bigger lens, so I only got half of Spes on the picture. Better than nothing..
We are expecting a full sibling of Spes next summer.
Daughter of Flugsvinn and Akkur
Chestnut friends; Djörfung and Flugsvinndaughter.
And again. In the background you can see their nice view to the Westfjords.
I like how the chestnut colour came out in this strong sunlight.
Daughter of Flugsvinn and Akkur
And again, close up ^^
And again. On this picture I can see a strong resemblance to her mother, Flugsvinn.
Here she is once again. She was always posing so nicely so I took a lot of pictures of her :)
Lísa was not in the mood for posing. She is one year old but gets to be with the foals in the winter. We want to help her to grow as much as possible this winter. Lísa was a very small foal. She was born late and her mother was only 2 years old (not planned!). Last spring, after the winter feeding, Lísa had grown enourmously and was almost an average sized foal. Now she is a little below average but we believe she will grow fast like last winter :)
Lísa's father is Akkur frá Vatnsleysu and her mother is a daughter of Húni frá Ásbjarnarstöðum.
Foals in the winter sun
F: Akkur, M: Flugsvinn
Hafrún, daughter of Akkur and Glæring
Hafrún. She is the fifth pinto offspring of Glæring in a row. That is very lucky (given that you also like pintos) because Glæring is not homozygous pinto and none of the foals fathers were pintos. So each time there was only a 50% likelyhood of pinto.
Hafrún frá Hindisvík. Her full brother, Stakkur, was taken in this weekend and will be starting his first training in the next days.
Next on the route were the young stallions. Above you can see them in their paddock by the ocean.
View on the way.
Janus Ari. Splashed white stallion who will turn 4 years old this summer. He had his first training in the fall and turned out to be very easy to start. Janus chose both clear beat tölt and trot under his rider.
The friends, Hrannar and Gunnar B.
They are both 50% of the Hindisvík bloodline. Gunnar B's mother is a pure bred Hindisvík mare and Hrannar's father is a pure bred Hindisvík stallion (who is also the father of Gunnar B's mother).
Janus Ari. He has two full sisters. Dáð who will be 3 years old next summer and Spes 1 year old.
If everything goes well we will get another full sibling next summer :D
Hrannar (turning 2 years old) and Gunnar B (turning 3)
Janus Ari. There you can well see how long his mane is.
Ófeigur. He is named after one of his ancestors, Ófeigur frá Hvanneyri, who is 6 times in his pedigree.
In front you can see Gunnar B who has a very unique pedigree, especially for a horse living nowadays. His mother is pure bred from the Hindisvík bloodline and the father is from the Hornafjörður bloodline. This makes Gunnar B unrelated to most Icelandic horses.
We usually do not mix our two bloodlines together but wanted to experiment with it this once. Now is just to wait and see how he will turn out to be.
Gunnar B is named after Gunnar Bjarnason who was a horsebreeding minister and was very interested in the old icelandic bloodlines.
Hrannar frá Hindisvík. Young stallion. One of very few stallions with strong Hindisvík bloodline. His father is the last pure bred Hindisvík stallion.
Hrannar's mother, Flugsvinn, has no Hindisvík blood. She is a daughter of Geisli frá Sælukoti and Hrönn frá Höskuldsstöðum who is a 1 price mare who received among others 9 for tölt and impression.
Looking towards the eider nesting area.
Foals in the sun
Miðja. It is just incredible with her. She is a very eye catching horse. Beautiful with long mane and just stands out when you see her live. That might be hard to believe looking at the picture. But it is incredibly hard to get a decent picture of her. I will never understand it. As soon as she sees a camera she stands like this, low raised neck with her mane in a mess and a funny looking face. She is not for sale so we don't mind but it can be so frustrating !
Fimma frá Dynjanda. She is from the Hornafjörður bloodline. Her father is Skuggi and her mother is Bylgja frá Lambleiksstöðum, a daughter of Gustur frá Grund.
Bylgja is also the mother of Þrándur frá Brunnum and Hanný frá Þúfu.
Last but not least; the view from our house :)