Icelanders as a way of life | Great Heerenveen

Now Claudia Jacoby Ngdam of Meldam is 38 years old. She says excitedly, “I’ve learned a lot already!” “Beginning with off the stables and riding a pony, but especially from going to my mouth a lot.” I have already ridden many types of horses and have developed a radar of what a horse wants and can do.

Question and Answer

“Working with horses is a question and answer, never forced,” Claudia says and explains. “Every animal has its own character. I have ridden very complex horses: stubborn and meek, very relaxed and very discouraged. You notice that one animal enjoys riding in the woods, but competition causes stress. And it turns out that the other animal is very sensitive to your mood. You always have to find the perfect combination of what Such an animal wants him and what you want.”

Claudia has become wise through trial and error and now has a firm grip on the reins. After all, the grooming foal can be sold and the breeder can stop the racing stable. She had no time in her senior year, but soon after an old farmer came across her and asked if she could “keep up” with his Friesian horses. So ride and train. Claudia was so happy to do so, that she bought him a Friesian mare with her first savings.

goat breeding association

Claudia: “And then I had a serious accident. On a trip outside, and carefully entering the ledge, I passed a terrace where there was a goat club. When I passed and one of the men started his engine, my horse could hardly react to the noise. But while the rest of the club stopped and shot at Their engines, my horse bred in a panic. It ended up between the bikes and I had to hear the rest from the others. Terrible! The mare was fine – except for a few scrapes – but I came out with a fractured skull base, a broken collarbone and bruised all ribs. Didn’t I could stand any light or sound for a year and was finally empowered by a psychiatrist. I became myself again of a broken bird: tough, fearless of nothing and no one and confident when it came to horses.”

Horse farm assistant

But how is it going? Can you make a living in the world of horses? Claudia must first study and find a job. She chose a multimedia course and in this regard did not go beyond the hall in the employment office. At eye level, a European vacancy is hung: “Horse farm assistant wanted.” in Iceland! Without hesitation, 19-year-old Claudia agreed and booked a flight to Reykjavik. Because the flight was seven hours late, I got into a conversation with a Dutch woman with an Icelandic husband. So I traveled to meet the – and – the unknown. Fortunately, the Icelandic man knew the farm in question and drove it there. The farmer turned out to be an 84-year-old man …

Claudia: “A man’s treasure, but he speaks only Icelandic. So I quickly mastered it. But it soon became clear that I had to go after ‘everything.’ .

The perfect picture of a horse

This is how Claudia got to know the Icelandic horse. An overwhelming experience: “I wasn’t familiar with this official breed at all, but I noticed how fun and diverse these horses are. They have a great will to please And a lot of fire. It is a strong breed, very close to nature. For me, they come close to the perfect picture of a horse. With a maximum height of 1.45 meters, it is relatively small, but the special thing is that it has five gaits instead of three. In addition to walking, trotting and boating, there is also a “tölt” and a pace.” It was all new to her and in the process she learned how to make animals saddle-breaking and suitable for sale.

After her first seven months in Iceland, she returned to the Netherlands. The modest wages of her Icelandic chief were supplemented by a gift: two horses that she brought here by plane. Claudia: “Suddenly I had two Icelanders! One I sold to cover the cost of the trip; the other I kept to myself. It tasted like more. I’ve had lessons and courses from trainers who know about Icelandic horses and their special walks.”

Claudia and Claudius

Dressage is the basis for all horses, according to Claudia, but because of her indignation, Icelandic horses are looked down upon – also figuratively – in the “world of big horses.” Nevertheless, she continued to ride the Icelandic competition, but it turned out that her horse was not as happy with it as it is with outdoor riding. She sold it to a president who had no competitive ambitions with a click. In the meantime, she has bought Grover, a castrated, from people who clearly have no idea about it. Its hooves were towering, and there was clearly nothing to be preserved about this animal, and there seemed to be inbreeding in the stable. Claudia trained him to the best of his ability, but she said goodbye to the sale for good. She dreamed for a while of a descendant of Lourdes, her favorite stallion from Iceland.

Claudia: “I was able to keep track of their grandchildren and companions via Facebook — privacy law wasn’t yet in place! — and rightly, Claudius was born: Claudius! ‘It had to be like this’,” flashed my mind, I bought it invisible. I left it there first and when it was At the age of two, I airlifted him.” Claudia excitedly tells about his acquaintance with the herd on the land near the house. How he relaxed sniffed along the horses’ walk and pulled away when a power game threatened. Claudius was immediately accepted into the group.

Reproduction is gambling

According to Claudia, it would be best for any horse not to ride it until it is at least four years old. And so she walked and circled endlessly through the woods with Claudius. After some time with a little inside, later with a saddle on the back, he patiently over and over again on that round. When I carefully sat on him for the first time, he began to walk in the familiar circle without any instructions. The trust became mutual.

Claudia became addicted to Icelandic horses. Tvaila, a mare with whom Mehran bred, bought Viktor and Fenja van Annebuorren. And recently Sina bought the daughter of the Lord. What kind of “characters” they will become is not yet clear, and whether they are winners will only be clear after about four years. No, she knows she won’t be able to ride them all. After all, “If you bake them, you have to sell them.” Reproduction is gambling. Success lies only in part with the supreme ancestry, the character of the animal and what the trainer knows how to put in doing the rest. With Claudia as coach, that would be fine. Perhaps the same as “the best horse in the stable”.

Text: Ali Rosh
Photos: Ludwijk Pollard and Katharina Justra

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