At Shota Norwegian Fjords we believe in a working
partnership between ourselves and our horses. We wanted to raise horses
sound of mind and body, that were attractive to look at, had the desire
to be great horses, and the athletic ability to reach that goal. We wanted
to raise a sturdy safe horse for farms and families. We chose our foundation
Norwegian bred stock over the lighter type Fjord with these things in mind
and ended up with horses that have a kind eye, a willing attitude
and who are powerful athletes with heart and style. Versatility is our
motto. Our horses have demonstrated their abilities in English and Western
pleasure riding, dressage, trail, show, parades, light cart driving, draft
farm work, logging, packing and family fun trail rides.
Norwegian Fjords are raised in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, where
the terrain is rugged. All of our horses spend plenty of time in hilly
pastures to help promote bone, hoof and muscle growth. The horses are allowed
to be horses, to run and play and hang out together, and not be locked
up in stalls for hours at a time. They are introduced at a young age to
such things as traffic, heavy equipment, wild life, kids, dogs, cats, various
farm animals, noisemakers, water crossing, flapping tarps and other horse
-bugaboos. The results are that we have braver, calmer and safer horses.
Shota Norwegian Fjord horses are raised with Natural Horsemanship techniques where the horse learns to respect the human in his or her life. We also respect our horses and treat them with fairness and kindness. Every horse raised here has a job to do and is expected to be allowed to do his job. Our training methods are quiet, but energetic with plenty of challenges and changes to keep it fun and interesting for both horse and human.
Our horses teach us just as much as we teach them. They have taught us a lot about patience, timing, soft feel and focus. Since we are so close with our herd, and are truly denizens of a modern horse culture, we use a lot of visualization techniques with our stock. Have you ever noticed how a working cowboy's horse seems to know which cow to cut out of a herd without the cowboy seeming to ask, or how a farmers team knows just when to stop and then start up again without any obvious cue? We feel that horses respond to visual images from the handler and we have tried this technique with great success. These kinds of things make our horses not just good partners, but great partners.
Through ongoing research, attending symposiums, trainings, and clinics on the latest in equine health, management and nutrition, we are constantly striving to offer our horses the best possible care. In addition we have developed a close knit team of trainers, veterinarians, farrier, and feed suppliers that share our vision.
Because we have invested so much love, time, energy, training and care into our foals, we want to place them in homes where this kind care will continue. We don't just sell foals and forget about them, we are interested in their well-being for life and do our best to be supportive to the new owners that adopt them.
If you are looking for a beautiful, healthy
and happy horse that likes to try new things, is willing to be a hard working
partner and a pal... welcome to Shota
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