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In one hour weekly sessions for 6 to 8 weeks the riding student could learn riding skills and responsibilities for rider and horse as a fair team of a sort.

Among B.O.K. therapists are sturdy Norwegian Vestlands. A little explanation:

The B.O.K. Ranch's equine staff is made up of an extraordinarily gifted group of horses. Each horse in our program fits a special niche and is able to rise to any occasion . . . When our horses are in the arena they are at work . . . When they are outside of the arena they are able to mingle within a [herd] and just be "regular" horses.

Fjord horses may thus serve in "hippotherapy" too, and not just recreation or sport riding. From early times it has been custom to cut the mane so that it stands erect, and extra good "hrms" with no accent may be had from it too - is that all it takes to serve as a US therapist in the last analysis? I hardly think so - [H]

They say that Horse Therapy allows students with mental, emotional, and or developmental disabilities to develop physical strength, balance, control, self-confidence, and self-esteem. This is on top of the basic qualities that have made staunch ponies popular among normal people. [H]

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The Glory of a Pony

Many love Viking horses, also called Icelandic horses, and children often demand that their parents buy and let them ride them, for the special breed is not only low-cost, long-lived and slow maturing, but fun as well.

Iceland's Government banned pony importation to protect the integrity of the warm and special breed.

This said, a lot of Vikings carried such horses with them to the other islands and places they inhabitated. On the Shetland isles, once Norwegian, the Norsemen cross-bred their Viking pony with another breed that was there. The result is one of the most popular ponies in the world. Quote:

Norsemen invaded the islands, they brought ponies with them which were ancestors of the modern Dole Pony. These ponies crossed with native stock which created the Shetland Pony similar to that known today.

The horse we talk about here, is well-known in Europe. The flying pace is extremely smooth and reaches over 35 miles perhour. On Iceland, ponies are still turned out to survive in the wild for part of each year.

The minor ponies of gliding, lateral gaits can also execute the trickery of uncommon walking (tolt), and unnatural-looking flying pace for a short time.

Smooth Ponies

Tolt for Pastime

Iceland is a land of fire and glaciers and volcanoes. Of excellent disposition, ponies there can maneuver safely through many kinds of terrain. They are able to move ahead in five ways - perform five basic gaits: (1) Walk, moving each foot independently. (2) Trot, a two-beat gait, with the front and back legs on opposite sides moving together. (3) Canter, a three-beat gait, also called gallop. (4) Tolt (or singlefoot), an amazingly smooth four-beat travelling gait, where all four feet move in the same pattern as in the walk, with higher action and more speed. The tolt is the gait used by the pony to cross broken ground swiftly. Tolt is also the preferred gait for trekking, fit for pastime, and trekking is gaining in popularity around the globe. (5) The flying pace, a two-beat gait where front and hind legs on the same side move forward and back at the same time.

Some ponies are more naturally talented at it than others.

Riding at a fast speed carrying full beer mugs without spilling a drop is the token of the artistry.

There are 42 colour patterns possible. The gaits of the normal-looking pony are very spectacular and comfortable to ride, yet their greatest asset is the extra surefootedness. These rare and wonderful creatures can be unpretentious, fun and exciting to ride. There are now many ponies in the United States, but more are being bred and imported all the time.

The gestation of this sort of pony is 11 months, and the female can have her young after she's three.

Aside

Humans should take as much pride in being themselves as pony owners love all sorts of bloodlines.

A "causal connecting principle", as Jung called it, is the basis of the ancient Chinese attitude to reality incorporated in the I Ching or Book of Changes - namely, that anything that happens is related to everything else ... at the same time. - Anthony Stevens, Jungian psychoanalyst. (Stevens 1994:42)

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