Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Horses

Description of the horses.
-as seen in the scrapbook

Blakkur can run for hours, do a session then run afterwards. During a session he likes to move around quickly and the children love it. He is an Icelandic pony along with all of the other horses at Hippotherapie Zentrum. He loves to go fast. While working he doesn't always love it, but cooperates because he knows there will be carrots shortly after.

Dimma is an equine Houdini. She notices every hole in the fence, no matter what the size, and tries to escape. She is a merry and lively pony who is willing and honest in the arena, but working is not her favourite thing to do. "We are going to go forward, no matter what you do! Watch out! Here comes 350 kg of horse!" She enjoys the longe and moves smoothly between gaits. When there is a child on her back, no matter what position or speed, she is confident and nothing fazes her.

Frami is sporty and lively, always moving quickly forward. During therapy she is attentive and willing, although sometimes impatient. She is not used for children in therapy. In the herd she is in the third position, and lets everyone know that she is the boss.

Gàska is a lively mare who is friendly and like to look around the fields. Sometimes impatient, she is always full of surprises. If the barn door is left even slightly ajar, she creeps quietly, despite being shod and is guaranteed a room full of hay to munch on. She moves briskly and evenly during therapies, to the delight of the children.

Geysir is a clown, and loves to pull jokes. Often underestimated because of his size, he does his work unshakably and has the most endurance of all the horses. He goes to work radiating with joy, if he decides to show it, full of joy and energy.

A pretty mare, my second favourite, is ranked second in the herd. A rounded individual, Laxi is used for all types of therapies. She is very independent as well as self-confident, and knows what is expected of her during therapy sessions.

Nös is a good, patient and exceptionally pretty horse. He is used for any and every type of therapy with out any problems. Unfortunately he have had a very difficult year. Tooth problems, mushroom illness, infections and founder have kept him away from working. He recovered very slowly but is back in the herd. He is lucky to have had the support of veterinary surgeons.

Ragnar is the newest member of the Hippotherapie Zentrum and is settled into the herd well. While he carries children he is attentive and unshaken in the arena. He still needs more training, however there has been good progress. His mood varies from day to day, but never stays grumpy for long.

The undisputed boss of the herd, Reykur is strong, balanced and always friendly. He is not afraid of intervening when conflict between other horses arises. He keeps the peace in the herd while making sure everyone knows who's boss. While working, Reykur shows he is glad to be working and always cooperates.

Sili is the oldest of the herd. At 33 years old he is still in good shape for his age. After suffering from colic, he had to be closely watched while he recovered. His group of "fans" (consisting of hands and therapists) make it possible for the old gentleman to be able to spend his days as a reliable and successful therapy horse. The group checks in on him to guarantee he is groomed regularly, but no carrots for him!

Descriptions courtesy of the Hippotherapie Zentrum website.
Translated by me from Swiss German to English,
some modifications made.

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