Skyview Fjords, LLC

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

Training Kjaer The bitter cold has kept us from any work. Today it is a whole 8 above, but there is hardly any wind. The...
01/18/2024

Training Kjaer

The bitter cold has kept us from any work. Today it is a whole 8 above, but there is hardly any wind. The stable is also heated to just above freezing, the only chilly bit is in the arena. So back to work he went. A brief 25min walk only session in long lines followed by a walk outside. I did attempt to climb on him ba****ck just to put some weight on his back, but I discovered I am not very nimble in my bibs. That was a no go. He was a good sport about it.

Think spring! The Midwest Fjord Horse Club will be having our spring clinic March 16th in Cannon Falls, MN. Topics to be covered are still being finalized but should include working equitation and driving. This is a club member only event, but it is only $15 dollars/year to become a member. Mark your calendars and come join us!

Kjaer had his first little ride! Another horse friend in the arena gave him some extra confidence. He is still nervous b...
01/12/2024

Kjaer had his first little ride! Another horse friend in the arena gave him some extra confidence. He is still nervous being in the arena alone. We walked a couple circles and called it good. He had some great moments of relaxed forward walking.

He will get his snow day tomorrow. We are set to get another winter storm tomorrow into Saturday. Yay, more snow! ❄️ Lucky boy will also get the weekend off while I work to earn a living so I can pay his board 😆. We will be back at it on Monday. Just in time for some bitter cold air to settle in.

Training Kjaer As much as he wanted one, he did not have a snow day. We kept it short today. He has worked hard in the l...
01/09/2024

Training Kjaer

As much as he wanted one, he did not have a snow day. We kept it short today. He has worked hard in the last week. Tomorrow he has a well earned day off.

Snowy morning ❄️ ❄️
01/09/2024

Snowy morning ❄️ ❄️

Here’s hoping we will see the 6-10in of snow they are forecasting! The ponies are ready ⛄️
01/08/2024

Here’s hoping we will see the 6-10in of snow they are forecasting! The ponies are ready ⛄️

01/07/2024

Training Kjaer

He is at the end of his first week. Lots of new experiences and learning for him. He had some good days and one really hard one. All of this basic groundwork he has done before. I also have put a couple mini first rides on him. However, due to challenges in my non horsey life he has not been consistently worked since September. I am starting over and progressing as he is ready.

As much as I love western, Sonja’s saddle just isn’t a good fit for Kjaer. As much as I hoped I could make it work until...
01/06/2024

As much as I love western, Sonja’s saddle just isn’t a good fit for Kjaer. As much as I hoped I could make it work until I was ready to buy him his own saddle, it just won’t. So I went shopping in the horse corner of my basement and dug out Sonja’s old dressage saddle. It may be a little small for him, but it is definitely a better option. Plus he does look super darn cute in English tack.

He had a nice arena session and a lovely walk outside in the snow.

Finally, we have some much needed snow! ❄️
01/06/2024

Finally, we have some much needed snow! ❄️

Training Kjaer
01/05/2024

Training Kjaer

An angry floof impatiently waiting for Yankee (her new security blanket) to come back from his grooming session.
01/05/2024

An angry floof impatiently waiting for Yankee (her new security blanket) to come back from his grooming session.

A rough day was had yesterday. Kjaer was a ball of anxiety being in the new barn by himself. We did what we could to wor...
01/05/2024

A rough day was had yesterday. Kjaer was a ball of anxiety being in the new barn by himself. We did what we could to work though it, but it was a rough one. Neither of us had a good time. He earned the cooler of shame from getting himself in such a tizzy. At the end of it all, a lesson was learned and confidence was built.

This evening he came in to an empty barn again and didn’t call for help once. I thought if nothing else went right, that alone was a win for the day. His whole session ended up being a huge success compared to yesterday. He even kept his composure while horses were being brought in for the evening.

End of day one for Kjaer. He was understandably a little insecure but overall did well! I saddled him up, we did some gr...
01/03/2024

End of day one for Kjaer. He was understandably a little insecure but overall did well! I saddled him up, we did some ground work, and some weight in the stirrups. He had some spicy horses working near by and he paid little attention to them. That was the biggest win of his day. He isn’t used to strange horses doing strange things.

We kicked off the new year by moving Kjaer to a neighboring boarding farm. They have an indoor!!! He will be in full tim...
01/01/2024

We kicked off the new year by moving Kjaer to a neighboring boarding farm. They have an indoor!!! He will be in full time training there with me for January and February. It is time to get this boy started a little more.

He will be very missed by his baby sister, but that’s ok. A break from each other will be good for the both of them. The boarding farm is only 3.5mi away from our farm. She could trot there in no time if she wanted to visit him, but I won’t tell her that. I don’t want to give her any ideas.

Happy New Year! 🎆 Enjoy a few favorite pictures from our 2023. Looking forward to 2024!
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! 🎆

Enjoy a few favorite pictures from our 2023.

Looking forward to 2024!

12/29/2023

Kjaer and I will be attending Midwest Horse Fair again in April 2024!

Tucked away in the barn this evening. It sure feels a lot like March mud season this December 😖. The ponies needed a bre...
12/29/2023

Tucked away in the barn this evening.

It sure feels a lot like March mud season this December 😖. The ponies needed a break and a dry place to stay for a night.

Baby Lena.
12/22/2023

Baby Lena.

12/20/2023
12/20/2023

Morning rolls for the fjords. Kjaer wasn’t finished fast enough for Lena. She was done and ready to play.

Afterwards they supervised my cleaning of their shelter. They’re so so helpful.. I don’t mind that Lena plays with the wheelbarrow. She is a baby and I want her to be curious about objects in her environment. I only intervene when it is about to be tipped over.

With Christmas only a week away, I have already found myself reflecting back on our year. We had joy in welcoming baby H...
12/16/2023

With Christmas only a week away, I have already found myself reflecting back on our year. We had joy in welcoming baby Hlin “Lena” to our farm this spring. Kjaer had his first ride under saddle and was started in harness. I had the opportunity to get back into showing and represent the Fjord breed at the Midwest Horse Fair! Lots of fun was had with my two youngsters. Amongst all the highs also came the lowest of lows as I said my final goodbye to the mare that started it all, Skyview Sylvia “Sonja”. My best friend of 16 years.

That’s life though isn’t it? Especially life on a farm.

As I start to look ahead to next year, I am beginning the search to add another equine to my herd. Of course my breed of choice is a Fjord, but a pony of a different breed would be ok too. Primarily the horse will serve as a companion for my quarter horse while I have my two young Fjords away at events. Depending on age and training of the horse, they will also be used by myself or my husband for pleasure riding/driving. They may also be used for lessons if the temperament is right. However, they do not need to be broke to ride or drive. As long as they have a good mind, I can do any training that is needed. I am open to almost any age. If I had to narrow it down, I would say anything 15 and under would be preferred. I would like a mare, but open to geldings. I truly am flexible. A good mind is what matters the most.

If you know me on a personal level, I am also open to entertain the idea of a lease type situation or board for one horse. I do not board to the general public nor do I plan to.

If you know of anything out there please reach out! I am hoping the right horse/situation will find us.

12/14/2023
This may be a horse page, but I figure most horse folks have a barn cat or two (or six if you’re expert level like me). ...
12/13/2023

This may be a horse page, but I figure most horse folks have a barn cat or two (or six if you’re expert level like me). The heartbreak I feel looking at these youngsters all crated up and ready for their TNR appointment tomorrow is terrible! They are such sad kitties 😞.

My boss kitty showed no sympathy for them.
She is using their kennels as a new place to sit.

Spay/neuter your outdoor kitties! They will be healthier happier cats for it.

Happy National day of the horse! It is a day to remember the economic, historic, and cultural contributions that horses ...
12/13/2023

Happy National day of the horse! It is a day to remember the economic, historic, and cultural contributions that horses have made.

Fjords are some of the best ❤️

I took a step into the future! I finally caved and got myself one of those fancy new iphones. The camera sure is neat.
12/08/2023

I took a step into the future! I finally caved and got myself one of those fancy new iphones. The camera sure is neat.

Around the farm on a warm December afternoon.
12/07/2023

Around the farm on a warm December afternoon.

I see a trip to hobby lobby in my near future to get some more Christmas decor for the horses. Kjaer was a very willing ...
12/01/2023

I see a trip to hobby lobby in my near future to get some more Christmas decor for the horses. Kjaer was a very willing participant trying on the gold garland🎄

If you do Christmas photos with your horse, I’d love to see other ideas!

Cold with single digit windchills this morning, but that doesn’t bother the fjords. They were quite spicy and enjoyed th...
11/27/2023

Cold with single digit windchills this morning, but that doesn’t bother the fjords. They were quite spicy and enjoyed their walks in the woods.

Kjaer did some baby log pulling tonight! I haven’t harnessed him in about a month. Life outside of the farm has been ove...
11/25/2023

Kjaer did some baby log pulling tonight! I haven’t harnessed him in about a month. Life outside of the farm has been overwhelmingly busy. After a brief precautionary lunge in the round pen, we headed out. He didn’t miss a thing ❤️.

The idea of desensitizing horses is a daunting topic. I frequently see posts in various horse training groups of people ...
11/13/2023

The idea of desensitizing horses is a daunting topic. I frequently see posts in various horse training groups of people asking what is the best way to desensitize a horse. The comment sections are often entertaining. There are many suggestions. Some good. Some bad. Some just strange.

Is there a best way? I don’t think so. Every horse is different. Every rider has different goals. What might help one horse, may have the opposite effect and terrify another. I have learned in my journey raising two youngsters, the importance of getting them out. Out of the arena, out of a stall, out of the paddock, and when ready off the property. Of course I practice basic things in the arena (bridge, tarps, plastic bags, loud music, ropes around legs etc…) but the unexpected that happens outside of an arena teaches them a much more valuable lesson. It is out of the arena where I get to see their minds work through the unscripted moments. I am there to help them learn to think instead of just react. It is a joy to watch them gain confidence in themselves, and in me as their person.

The next time you are thinking about doing a desensitizing session with your horse, think outside of the arena.

It’s been awhile, but I found some time and motivation to get both of my youngsters worked with this morning. I am going...
11/09/2023

It’s been awhile, but I found some time and motivation to get both of my youngsters worked with this morning. I am going through some changes in my personal life that have left me with little time for the horses. In addition to that, the grief of losing Sonja still has me feeling a little uninspired. I have lost several wonderful animals in my short life, but the loss of Sonja hit a little bit different. I truly believe that my animals know that I have not been myself. It is not fair to project my grief onto them while trying to do any training. I am sure anyone who has lost a special horse can relate. I needed a break.

The beauty of horses (and all animals really) is they harbor no ill feelings. They live in the moment. I knew they would be there when I was ready, and they were. I did some basic ground work with them in the round pen and followed with a walk around the property. In my sweatpants and mud boots Kjaer let me climb on him ba****ck. He didn’t bat an eye. It was as if no time had passed. I haven’t put a leg over him in at least two months. We didn’t ride. Just had lots of pets and rubbed him all over. That was enough for today. Good boy ❤️

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