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the Icelandic horsefarm Ásgard

Linie the Süsshof with the Ásgaed Emblem

Here I took residence.
Ásgard means "Castle of gods" but on the map you'll find it under the name "Süsshof".
 
 
 
 

Linie the Süsshof in Hottingen, Germany

The studfarm is situated in "Hottingen", it belongs to a village called Rickenbach in the "Hotzenwald".
The "Hotzenwald" is a part of the southern "Black-Forrest", in Germany, near to the three-country-corner:
Germany - Switzerland - France.
Here we can see the Alps from 2300 feet above sea level.
 
 

Linie Icelandhorse in tölt

On the pastures around the studfarm are living Icelandic horses of many different families and generation.
The special thing of Icelandic horses is that they have the possibility of having 5 gaits:
walk, trot, gallop, flying pace and tölt.
The tölt sounds like a sewing machine and is very comfortable to sit for the rider.
 
 

Linie the icelandic horse stallion Kolbeinn of Ásgard

The black stallion is called "Kolbeinn of Ásgard".
He has his own pasture and can only look at the mares on the other pastures until his time has come.
 
 
 
 

Linie icelandic horse geldings

Vis á vis are the geldings,
They live in an open stable where they come and go as they please.
 
 
 
 

Linie icelandic horse geldings

They like to playfight or relax in the shade.
They know exactly when it is time to go in for food.
They are sold to people who appreciate their qualities.
 
 
 

Linie icelandic horse mares

The older mares, wich are not in stud,
have a Paddock on the south side of the farm.
They are ridden by the special trainer at the stud farm.
 
 
 
 

Linie icelandic horse mare with young

The breeding mares always get the best pastures, because they have to eat for two.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie icelandhorse fillys

The foals are born in the pasture in May and June.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie icelandhorse foals

At the beginning, they have blue-grey eyes.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie icelandhorse foal in the herd

The foals in the herd learns the horselanguage and how to live with other horses in harmony.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie fly and horse-fly

As soon as it gets warmer then the flies and horse-flies start appearing and annoy the horses.
Because of this, the Icelandic horses love the wind and the rain.
 
 
 
 

Linie icelandic horse always love dainty

Every day the horses are visited in the pasture by their owner and looked over if everything is OK.
They get a mineral treat for coming.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie icelandic horse foal judge on the riding place of the studfarm

In September it is the first time that the foals go into the stable with their mothers.
Two judges judge their exterior while they move beside their mothers.
Of course, this is very exciting for the foal.
 
 
 

Linie icelandic horse foal burn

Finally, they get a glowing iron pressed on the left hind leg for their brand.
After that, they get a wormer against worms
and then they are turn back to their pasture after a few days.
 
 
 

Linie icelandic horse fillys in the stable

When the winter comes, the years foals are taken into the stable with their mothers.
After that they are separated from their mothers to get used to the humans.
 
 
 
 

Linie young icelandic horse stallions on the pasture

The young stallions are separated from the young mares in the spring.
They are brought to different pastures to prevent inbreeding and unwanted pregancies.
 
 
 
 

Linie young icelandic horse mares on the pasture

They have the enjoyment to grow up until they are five years old, before they are ridden.
Until this time, they are only disturbed for wormers, trimming the hooves and transporting to a new pasture.
 
 
 
 

Linie icelandhorse mares eats hay

In winter the Icelandic horses eat hay, straw and silage.
Fresh fir branches are welcome for a change; they even eat the bark of big branches.
After they eat the fir branches, the ponies smell of fir very well.
A storm blew down an apple tree.
The geldings picked at the tree like beavers (beaver-ponies!).
 

Linie salt-stone-halter in the paddock of the beaver-ponies

Apples, carrots and dry bread are always welcome treats.
The horses have access to salt licks and mineral blocks.
 
 
 
 
 

Linie


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Pottoks              Mirabelle - the Pottok Pony mare talks about her life
                         Pottok-Ponys - some Pottok-Ponys introduce themself
                         The Pottok - the little horse from the Basque
                         Pottok Standard A - the French breeding description of the Pottok Ponys group A
                         Pottok Standard B - the French breeding description of the Pottok Ponys group B
                         The Pottoka - the spanish Poni Vasco Navarro
                         Bern 2003 - the Pottok-Breeding-Show
                         Burgdorf 2005 - the Pottok-Breeding-Show
                         Elevage du Bruehli- the Pottok-Pony stud farm
                         Ascain 2007- the Pottok judge in the Basque country
                         La Rhune 2007- the mountain of the Pottok Ponys
                         Garris 2007- The horse market in the Basque country
                        

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cats                   Lord Charly of Ásgard (my little one) a grey tiger-cat
                          Lord Charly of Ásgard - the male cat goes on journey
                          Peggy - the cat with the stub tail
                   
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