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Skyview Fjords, LLC

Skyview Fjords, LLC Located in northeast Wisconsin. I specialize in raising and training Norwegian Fjord Horses. Follow

Operating as usual

12/26/2022

Here are some clips from rides #3 and #4 of a mare in for training. It was absolutely bitter cold last week when these were taken. I had to to keep the work as light as possible, while still being productive. Thankfully these horses handle cold weather well, me not as much 😆. Sweatpants are not my first choice in riding attire, but it was cold! 🥶

12/24/2022

Merry Christmas Eve 🎄

Weather was still brutal this morning. The wind was still whipping causing windchills to remain in the -20’s. Are the fjords bothered? Absolutely not. Our shelter is well placed and does an excellent job blocking the wind. Everyone is able to be outside comfortably. Even Yankee! I was waiting for signs of distress from him, but nothing. He happily munched with the Fjords.

Despite the weather, I found my joy in the small rainbow that appeared off in the distance over the trees. Do you see it?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Some photos from around the farm. Bitter cold yesterday and a snowy morning today. Frosty noses all around! I really enj...
12/22/2022

Some photos from around the farm. Bitter cold yesterday and a snowy morning today. Frosty noses all around!

I really enjoy winter with the horses. I think to live here in Wisconsin you need to be able to find joy in our winters. On the bitter mornings I love the crunch sound the snow makes under my boots. I’m not sure why, but I do! The way it only crunches when it’s below zero. On the snowy mornings, the fresh snowy landscape is so beautiful to look at. Watching the horses roll and play in the fresh fluffy snow is so fun. The world seems to slow down, and there is a calmness about winter that I just love. Now, I can’t say I’m a fan of the high winds forecasted for this afternoon and tomorrow, but my ponies are safe with fresh bedding in their shelter outside and inside. They have everything they need, and I’ll take the snow day tomorrow to get ready for Christmas. I’m a late shopper. Oops..

As always don’t forget to thank your barn owners and chore staff these next few days. We certainly don’t do this for the money. We do it for the love of the animal. In all weather and temperatures 24/7 365.

While my personal horses are enjoying a winter break, I’ve been doing a little outside training. This is a 5yr old Fjord...
12/17/2022

While my personal horses are enjoying a winter break, I’ve been doing a little outside training. This is a 5yr old Fjord mare in to be started under saddle. She’s a nice girl, and so cute! Here are some clips from her first ride. It was uneventful in the best way.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The amount of things I am thankful for are countless, but my favorites are...
11/25/2022

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The amount of things I am thankful for are countless, but my favorites are in these pictures. I'm blessed beyond measure to have these animals, and do what I do.

Such an awesome program for seniors in our community! I had a great time being a part of it. This is where my Fjord Nath...
11/15/2022

Such an awesome program for seniors in our community! I had a great time being a part of it. This is where my Fjord Nathan is living and working. He wasn’t used for the program yesterday, but he has been used in previous sessions.

11/14/2022

Well the time has come, today was the last day of the year that I’ll ask much of Kjaer. It’s time to let him grow and just be a horse over the winter. Of course he’ll continue to be handled and do light things like walks around the property. I won’t be getting on him anymore or introducing him to anything new until spring time.

I added a couple throw back clips from when he was just a little guy, some from this summer, and ended with today. He’s learned so much! This year he was hand walked all over the property which allowed us to work on logs, water, scary windy corn, ditches, and confidence away from the other horses/barn. He’ll be ready to hit the trails before I know it! He was continuously exposed to traffic, tractors, and rowdy dogs 😆. Lastly, he was saddled, introduced to long lines, and had a leg put over him for the first time. That’s a wrap for this year. I look forward to all the new things he’ll get to do next spring!

Kjaer and I got out and about this morning. We made a few passes around the corn field. The wind was blowing through the...
11/08/2022

Kjaer and I got out and about this morning. We made a few passes around the corn field. The wind was blowing through the corn making lots of noise, and he was as not at all concerned. Towards the back of the field I found a chance work with him on water. There was a big area of standing water from all the rain we’ve had. He did great! He is coming up on 2.5 years of age.

When I’m doing chores, I always factor in a certain amount of time dedicated to playing with the animals. They easily ad...
11/03/2022

When I’m doing chores, I always factor in a certain amount of time dedicated to playing with the animals. They easily add an additional 15min to any project. It’s unavoidable.

Rainy days are ahead. The fjords have a freshly bedded shelter. Lots of fresh soft straw to rest in. Per his request Yankee will be tucked away in the barn for the next two days.

11/01/2022

Quick video of Kjaer out in the woods. The first quick bit is significant because Kjaer is not being handled by me. A friend of mine came out for a visit and wanted to help work with him. She was a stranger to Kjaer, but he was never pushy or offered any silly behavior with her. She led him all over in the woods without a problem! I took over at the end to lead him over some logs.

Happy Halloween! 🎃 👻 Between a brief illness and a busy horse show weekend I haven’t been up to much on the farm. Finall...
10/31/2022

Happy Halloween! 🎃 👻

Between a brief illness and a busy horse show weekend I haven’t been up to much on the farm. Finally got outside today! Sonja and I went for a ride in the soybean field. We soaked up the sun. I took Kjaer for a walk in the field and woods. Lots of crunchy fallen leaves, sticks, and logs to walk over. He was unfazed. When we got back, I sat on him twice with his saddle. He did great!

Over the weekend I coached the Neenah WIHA team at their State competition in Madison, WI. They did a great job and finished 4th out of 9 teams. Congratulations to them and all other competing teams. It was a nice show!

The fjords don’t mind the wind and the white stuff coming down. Yankee is pacing the fence line wishing to speak to the ...
10/17/2022

The fjords don’t mind the wind and the white stuff coming down. Yankee is pacing the fence line wishing to speak to the manager. He would like to know who is responsible for turning him out in this deplorable weather.

Fun and busy weekend for us! Lots of projects worked on, and we had a nice bonfire. Best dressed award for the weekend g...
10/16/2022

Fun and busy weekend for us! Lots of projects worked on, and we had a nice bonfire.

Best dressed award for the weekend goes to lesson horse Sky and her adorable Halloween blanket!

Cold, rainy, and windy. The fjords are tucked away in their shelter. I gave them some fresh straw to lay on. They’re nic...
10/13/2022

Cold, rainy, and windy. The fjords are tucked away in their shelter. I gave them some fresh straw to lay on. They’re nice and comfortable. Yankee gets to go in the barn. He is on a special diet that is not to be shared with the fjords. Plus, he is an absolute sissy in bad weather. He was waiting at the gate insisting he must come in.

10/10/2022

Kjaer working in some long lines! He’s very green at it yet, but he tries! He is also just in a halter. I won’t be introducing him to a bridle this year. I’d like to note that prior to taking these videos, he was not lunged or worked prior. That isn’t something I want him to ever be in the habit of needing before we do any work. Actually, I haven’t done anything with him about 5 days. I just saddled him up, and this is what I got. What a super little c**t!

This morning was beautiful. I took all of the horses out for a walk in the woods. Weather permitting, we are having a bo...
10/07/2022

This morning was beautiful. I took all of the horses out for a walk in the woods. Weather permitting, we are having a bonfire next weekend for family and friends. My husband has a nice pile going. It’s almost as tall as Yankee!

I have been able to spend some quality time with the horses this week. I went to visit Nathan at BEAMING Inc.. He’s doin...
10/06/2022

I have been able to spend some quality time with the horses this week. I went to visit Nathan at BEAMING Inc.. He’s doing such a great job! It’s wonderful to see all the smiles he brings to so many people.

On my walk with Kjaer last night we encountered more vehicles than we ever have. He didn’t mind them at all! There was e...
10/01/2022

On my walk with Kjaer last night we encountered more vehicles than we ever have. He didn’t mind them at all! There was even a truck towing a trailer. Traffic has been his biggest weakness. It was awesome to see the confidence he had. It’s taken us a bit to get there. Our next learning moment came when we passed by one of the neighbors. A little girl in a bright yellow dress started running down the driveway to see him. He didn’t react to her at all. We went over to say hello and he got some pets. It was such a good learning day for him!

A little humor for Tuesday. Anyone else have dogs that love to dig? Willow loves to dig, and there is no stopping her.
09/27/2022

A little humor for Tuesday. Anyone else have dogs that love to dig? Willow loves to dig, and there is no stopping her.

Over the weekend I was privileged to again be a coach for the Neenah WIHA equestrian team. All of our riders and horses ...
09/26/2022

Over the weekend I was privileged to again be a coach for the Neenah WIHA equestrian team. All of our riders and horses did a fantastic job. We will be going to the state finals in Madison, WI at the end of October. Congratulations to all of them! Also, a big thank you to all the parents and family members who come help and support us. We couldn’t do it without you!

I’m back on the farm today. The horses are enjoying their last few days on pasture. I’ll have to cut them off soon 😆. Out of curiosity I decided to actually measure Kjaer. He’s slightly butt high at the moment, measuring close to 14.2hh at his hip. He is just a little over 2yrs old, and has lots of growing to do. He’s going to be a nice sized boy!

09/20/2022

Kjaer just loves to play with water! He enjoys putting his nose under the hose. I can’t leave running water unattended with him around.

Jeremy and I went to our first farmers market on Saturday! We have lots of pumpkins, corn stalk bundles, and decorative ...
09/19/2022

Jeremy and I went to our first farmers market on Saturday! We have lots of pumpkins, corn stalk bundles, and decorative corn ready for fall decorating!

We finally got out for our first trail ride this year! Sonja was amazing. We encountered lots of deer. She was unfazed a...
09/14/2022

We finally got out for our first trail ride this year! Sonja was amazing. We encountered lots of deer. She was unfazed as they ran by.

Happy end of Labor Day weekend! I may have already decorated my house for fall… 🍁🎃. Woody Kraus and I had a super busy w...
09/06/2022

Happy end of Labor Day weekend! I may have already decorated my house for fall… 🍁🎃.

Woody Kraus and I had a super busy weekend! On Saturday we went to visit Kjaer’s breeder, Won Der Fjords. Jeremy and I thank you for the invitation! The baby snuggles were wonderful! ❤️ She has some fantastic young horses for sale if anyone is looking.

Sunday morning we went to the Rock River Thresheree in Edgerton, WI. I’m no tractor expert or enthusiast, but it was pretty neat to see.

Today, we are back home and I got some time with my own fjords. Sonja and I had a nice ride, and I did some groundwork with Kjaer. I attached some sleigh bells to Kjaer’s surcingle. I used them as an aide to desensitize him to noise on his back. He was unsure at first, but quickly accepted them.

A little farm update: Our potatoes are ready! I have Purple Majesty and Yellow Fingerlings ready to go. Some pumpkins wi...
09/01/2022

A little farm update: Our potatoes are ready! I have Purple Majesty and Yellow Fingerlings ready to go. Some pumpkins will be ready in the next week! Decorative corn and corn bundles should be ready in 2-3 weeks. Pickup can be arranged at our home Little Chute, or come visit myself and the horses on the farm!

Who needs cones when you have cats?
08/31/2022

Who needs cones when you have cats?

08/30/2022
Kjaer’s only work today was to be saddled, and go for a long walk. We had an awesome learning opportunity in the form of...
08/22/2022

Kjaer’s only work today was to be saddled, and go for a long walk. We had an awesome learning opportunity in the form of the neighbor riding his very shiny bicycle while wearing a high visibility vest. Kjaer was very upset watching the bike approach. He hasn’t encountered many bikes. His whole body tightened up, his eyes got huge, and there were some snorts. I was prepared for us to have a moment, but as apprehensive as he was he never moved his feet! He just stood and watched the bike go by. He wasn’t at all comfortable, but he sure tried to do the right thing. What a good boy!

08/22/2022

I haven’t been up to much lately with any of the horses or around the farm. I’ve been *trying* to nurse a knee injury I got a couple of weeks ago. I think I’m finally on the mend now!

Kjaer had a nice session this evening. A little light walk trot on the lunge line, and some work in the long lines. This is his 2nd time in long lines. When we started, my husband walked at Kjaer’s head to help him understand what I was asking him to do. He really picks things up quickly! When we were all done, Kjaer stood quietly and patiently while I undid the lines.

I went and had a nice visit with Nathan this evening. He got a mane trim and lots of pets! He’s doing so great at BEAMIN...
08/10/2022

I went and had a nice visit with Nathan this evening. He got a mane trim and lots of pets! He’s doing so great at BEAMING Inc. ❤️

Hay from the wheelbarrow just tastes better.
08/09/2022

Hay from the wheelbarrow just tastes better.

Kjaer’s 2nd time with me sitting on him. It’s just the best feeling! He is more interested in reaching for grass than wh...
08/05/2022

Kjaer’s 2nd time with me sitting on him. It’s just the best feeling!

He is more interested in reaching for grass than what is happening on his back. I did have to give a tug on the halter to get his focus away from the grass. It’s very important that he is paying attention to what is going on. If I were to let his baby brain wander while getting on him, he may startle once he rejoins the reality that a human is climbing on his back. That would be how an accident could occur. After the minor correction he gives me a sniff and turns to check me out. That is the behavior I want to see from him.

He will not be ridden this year. At just a little over 2yrs old, he has lots of growing to do! This is all part of prep work. His training goal for remainder of the year, before his winter break, is to get him going lightly in some long lines.

Twilight training session with Kjaer last night. We did some work in the round pen and, went on a nice walk down the roa...
08/04/2022

Twilight training session with Kjaer last night. We did some work in the round pen and, went on a nice walk down the road. I was able to sit on him for the first time! Gosh that was exciting. Unfortunately no videos, as I was working alone. I’ll try to get some today. I did however get some video of him vs. the puddle at the end of the driveway. That puddle is always suspicious 😆.

Nathan with one of his special riders this week ❤️
08/03/2022

Nathan with one of his special riders this week ❤️

07/30/2022

Yankee update:

His results from the UW-Madison full respiratory evaluation were somewhat inconclusive. There is no clear cut answer. There was little evidence that he has heaves/asthma. On the farm, he doesn’t present that way either. The only curious finding was the presence of blood in his lungs. More than what should’ve been there. He maybe has had a touch of EIPH (exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage) his whole life? It’s possible. His symptoms more closely fit that potential diagnosis, but it isn’t a for sure thing either.

The good news, he is doing just fine otherwise! While I wish there was a clear cut answer, at this time there just isn’t. I’ve made the decision that he will not be returning to any full time lesson program. Partially due to his health, but also because he’s just so darn happy riding around the property and trail riding. After being heavily used in lessons as an arena horse for many years, he’s just so happy riding outside! I couldn’t take that away from him now.

Such a calm and mostly bug free evening. My pasture looks empty with just these two. I have aspirations to add one more ...
07/29/2022

Such a calm and mostly bug free evening. My pasture looks empty with just these two. I have aspirations to add one more filly to the farm. Someday…

Yankee’s delicate self has been spending nights in the barn away from the bugs. He does have an attached paddock that allows him go in and out as he pleases. He prefers inside 🙄. He was already tucked in for the evening when I took this photo.

I got to see Nathan in action this morning during a very special program BEAMING Inc. has for seniors with Alzheimer’s a...
07/21/2022

I got to see Nathan in action this morning during a very special program BEAMING Inc. has for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. He was super awesome!

I’m absolutely honored to announce that I have been invited to fulfill the Vice President roll for The Midwest Fjord Club. I’m looking forward to working with fellow board members and organizing some fun events! If you are a Fjord owner please consider a membership!

07/18/2022

Lessons!

I have 2 lesson openings available for new riders! I work with children (6yrs and up) and adults. Both English and western lessons offered. Lessons will be held at The McNiesh Barns and Stables. Located about 25min north of Appleton, WI.

Enjoy this video of the horses living their best lives enjoying their new pasture space.

Their pasture was finished today! The Fjords enjoyed their brief introductory time on the grass. Yankee came running bac...
07/10/2022

Their pasture was finished today! The Fjords enjoyed their brief introductory time on the grass. Yankee came running back shortly after being turned out. There were too many bugs for him. He went and hid in the shelter 😆. It was a beautiful day!

Sonja and Kjaer observing my husband fencing in their pasture. They’re hoping it’ll be done soon!
07/09/2022

Sonja and Kjaer observing my husband fencing in their pasture. They’re hoping it’ll be done soon!

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