The magic of young horses

“Jæja, they are so wonderful” – Hróðmar Bjarnason spending time with the yearlings.

Young horses are hard to resist. They look at us through curious eyes and are eager to learn and play and get into trouble. It is a pleasure to watch them grow, form their individual characters and transform from fuzzy, playful babies to gorgeous, interesting riding horses. The owners and breeders love to be involved in the early stages, teaching the young foals to wear a halter and lift their feet before they are sent out to the field for another few years. When they return to the farm, we entrust them to Ida to teach them all they need to know.  She will base her training on the each horse’s level of maturity and accompany them at each stage, also participating in shows and exhibitions, until they are either ready to join our riding tour operation or sold. We watch their progress with pride and joy and are always happy to point out our newest additions to our guests. Below, you will find our youngsters along with their level of training and some background information.

2009

Vaskur frá Völlum

Vaskur IS2009187085

Vaskur is a big strong gelding with a medium-forward personality. He tends to be insecure and looks to his rider for reassurance. Initially a bit of a late bloomer, he has developed into a really nice riding horse in the past few years. In summer 2016, he was ready to join us for the first long tours and received very positive feedback. Our guests enjoyed both his character as well as his soft tölt. For now, he still needs a skilled rider to support him in the tölt, but he is showing great promise on his way to becoming a wonderful companion to a leisure rider of medium experience. Vaskur is for sale, please contact us if you are interested.

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ColourBay
SireGaumur frá Auðsholtshjáleigu
IS2001187053
DamGunnvör frá Hvítárholti
IS1999288260

Elna is a small and energetic mare with a few opinions of her own. She carries herself in a proud and self-confident manner and joined her first Eldhestar’s tours in summer 2016, some longer as well as some shorter ones. She made a good impression on our guests and they enjoyed riding her. Elna has great potential when it comes to gaits, but needs her rider to help her balance. She can’t go past a bale of hay without having a little snack, so she enjoys regular exercise to keep in shape. She and her younger friend Hrist were hard to separate and would always hang out with each other. Elna found her person and followed her to Germany in autumn 2017.

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ColourBay dun
SireMöller frá Blesastöðum 1A
IS2002187805
DamGremja frá Árbæ
IS1999286935

Elna frá Völlum

elna

2010

This girl is all set up for a bright future. Originally an oddly shaped foal, too tall for her own good with long limbs and huge ears, she grew to be a stunning beauty and was judged 7.98 for building. To this day, she is very tall, which is not without challenges in surroundings built for smaller horses. We expect her to be a five-gaiter, however, she is not trained in flying pace. Hrist is great fun to work with and shows very promising gaits. She is sceptical by nature and really needs to trust her trainer to learn and perform well. Once the trust is established, she learns and follows well.

FEIF-IDIS2010287086
ColourBay with two stars
SireÞröstur frá Hvammi
IS2001187041
DamGunnvör frá Hvítárholti
IS1999288260

Hrist frá Völlum

Hrist IS2010287086

Hlökk frá Völlum

Youngster Hlökk standing in the meadows

Hlökk is a cute little mare with a wonderful personality and a good mind. Not only is she a fast learner and eager to try new things, she also combines this with a happy, positive nature and an amazing work ethic. Outdoors, she is a bit shy and needs to look at her surroundings very closely. Hlökk is four-gaited and needs a bit of support to hold herself in tölt. Once she has found her step, she shows big movements and high lift. Hlökk found a new owner and left Iceland. We hope she likes the grass in Denmark just as much.

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ColourBlue dun
SireFróði frá Staðartungu
IS2002165311
DamGleði frá Áslandi
IS1995255652

2011

Some horses are so easy-going, they practically train themselves. Hlín here is a pretty little horse that looks at the world through big, trusting eyes. She is a little insecure and looks to her human to show her that life is safe. Her insecurity translates to friendliness towards people and a tendency to hide behind them. She will go above and beyond to please and basically broke herself in. She easily accepts new challenges and loves to come over for a cuddle. She shows potential for good gaits, but will need to develop a bit more energy and power to show them better.

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ColourBrown
SireAlvar frá Brautarholti
IS2006137637
DamElding frá Njálsgerði
IS2000284547

Hlín frá Völlum

Brown foal

Huginn frá Völlum

Huginn is a very curious horse that loves to play. As he sees every new challenge as a game, he learns really fast and it is both fun as well as funny to train him. Huginn is a five-gaiter and shows strong gaits. When he first came in to be trained, he was experiencing the world the same way human toddlers do, by munching on everything he could reach, which is why we called him Chewey for a while. Huginn is staying with our herd for now, however, he was snatched from us after just three months of training and his new owner comes and visits him regularly.

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ColourFaded black (brown)
SireÞröstur frá Hvammi
IS2001187041
DamGleði frá Áslandi
IS1995255652

This strong guy has a gorgeous build and promises to become a very nice riding horse. He shows soft, big gaits with elastic movements and his tölt in particular is very smooth. He is the full brother of Hrist and like her and his other siblings, he is a little insecure. He matures faster than the others, though, and we are looking forward to introducing him to our tour guests in a a couple of years.

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ColourBrown
SireÞröstur frá Hvammi
IS2001187041
DamGunnvör frá Hvítárholti
IS1999288260

Muninn frá Völlum

Muninn IS2011187086

Njáll frá Völlum

nattsol-og-njall

Njáll is a cheeky rascal with independent ideas and a good understanding of his surroundings. In his second year, he escaped out of a vast field by swimming through a big river and we had to collect him from between the summerhouses on the other side. He is curious and always comes to say hello when we visit his field, however, he always stays just out of reach and knows in advance, if we try to catch him. He is a small yet powerful five-gaiter with a good, secure pace and and a nice tölt. His trott is big, but lacks a little in balance. He is a direct descendant of the old bloodline from Hvoll farm.

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ColourBrown with star
SireÞröstur frá Hvammi
IS2001187041
DamNáttsól frá Fellsmúla
IS2000281796

Gæfa is particularly near and dear to our hearts. She lost her mummy when she was only a few weeks old so that we bottle-fed her and raised her by hand. Under our care, she has grown into a confident, independent young lady that chooses tölt and loves to come over for a cuddle. She needs a confident rider to match her character, as she will volunteer to take the lead if nobody else does. She is a fast, eager learner and suited for both tour riding as well as competitions. Gæfa is located in Switzerland and is available for sale. If you are interested in meeting her or learning more about her, we are looking forward to hearing from you.

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ColourChestnut
SireArnoddur frá Auðsholtshjáleigu
IS2005187018
DamElding frá Skammbeinsstöðum 3
IS2000286868

Gæfa frá Völlum

gaefa

Léttfeti frá Völlum

Curious foal

This handsome guy is Léttfeti, our stable dog. Like a loyal puppy, he follows his trainer everywhere, is friendly and easy to  handle and practically wags his tail whenever he sees a person. He is always eager to please, almost tripping over himself in excitement. In order to do an extra good job, he tends to collect himself more than his hind legs can carry, which sometimes results in funny jumps when he loses balance. Léttfeti has a tendency to gain weight easily, so we watch his diet and exercise to keep him in shape. He is not easily scared, but pays attention to his surroundings and reacts to his environment. His rider has to know how to use the seat, so that Léttfeti can show his big movements and speed off in into the distance in his preferred gait tölt.

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ColourBay
SireAlvar frá Brautarholti
IS2006137637
DamHind frá Hrafnsstöðum
IS2003266634

Eykur is a big and strong guy with lots of potential. His tölt in particular shows lots of promise and he is a great overall riding horse. Eykur is full of power and willingness and always happy to comply.  He needs some time to build a relationship of trust with his rider and approaches new situations with scepticism, but is usually fast to accept them.

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ColourChestnut
SireMjölnir frá Hlemmiskeiði 3
IS2005187836
DamGremja frá Árbæ
IS1999286935

Eykur frá Völlum

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2012

Sónata frá Völlum

Sónata came to us as an oddly-shaped little sausage with legs. From the start, she was a fast eager learner who reacted well to everything, worked through issues by herself and always made an effort to figure out what was expected of her. Our little black pearl, as she is known these days, has a wonderful character with lots of spark, power and willingness. During her first five weeks of training, she showed good gaits, but not a single step of tölt, so we decided to take her in once more a few months later, instead of waiting another year. When she came back for more training in January, all she would do is tölt and tölt and tölt. And then she tölted some more. As a four-year old, Sónata started looking like a proper horse and the ugly little duckling turned into a beautiful black swan.

In summer 2017, Sónata was presented to the judges and we were incredibly proud when she received first prize with a total score of 8,11. Her score for ridden abilities is 8,13 with 9 for tölt, spirit and general impression. The rider was Jakob Svavar Sigurðsson, who became world champion in Tölt T1 a few weeks later. Ida Thorborg, who got her education at the University of Horse Equine Sciences in Hólar and is responsible for training all our young horses, did an excellent job preparing Sónata for her first breeding show!

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ColourBrown
SireHrannar frá Flugumýri II
IS2006158620
DamKátína frá Flugumýri II
IS2004258626

Höldur is a future family and children’s horse in the making.  His small and sturdy built in combination with soft gaits make Höldur the original Icelandic horse. He adjusts to every situation and compensates accordingly, meaning he is calm, if needed, and energetic on request. He will be completely and reliable and 100 % trustworthy. However, he has his own opinions and will never be boring. He doesn’t act up in any way, but nevertheless clearly communicates when he’s unhappy with the rider’s decision. After just nine weeks of training, he can be asked to stay behind and waits calmly to be mounted while his herd moves away; this is something that many older horses with years of training still find very difficult.

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ColourBrown
SireÆgir frá Litlalandi
IS1998187140
DamGleði frá Áslandi
IS1995255652

Höldur frá Völlum

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Hilmir frá Völlum

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Hilmir is the trainer’s favourite. When he first came in for training in 2015, he was rather lazy and quite slow, with a nice big trott, but not showing much energy. Unusually calm for his age and not reacting much to anything, Hilmir was very easy to break in. After spending another year running wild, he came back to us ready for more. This time around he is a lot more active and reacts well to the seat. He is sensitive to the rider’s aids and is currently learning how to interpret them. Hilmir is a five-gaiter with lots of tölt. We are currently working on helping him build more strength. 

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ColourGrey
SireHéðinn frá Feti
IS2004186916
DamFiðla frá Stóra-Vatnsskarði
IS1999257650

Sýr is a playful young mare and a bit of a slow learner. In his first year, she paid attention to everything but her trainer and always found something more exciting than the lesson at hand. It was fun to watch her goof around while being longed and doing silly little jumps. She didn’t appreciate the girth at all, when we first put a saddle on her. Like Sónata. we gave her a short break after her first weeks of training and then took her back in to see if she had grown up a bit in the meantime. And she had. After a few additional weeks of training, she suddenly started thinking and processing her lessons and focused more on the rider and her trainer.  These days, she is well on her way to becoming a lovely horse with big gaits. Sýr is pretty, friendly and trusting; last time we went to the field to pick up some horses, she jumped on the trailer by herself. Sýr is a five-gaiter and chooses tölt.

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ColourBrown
SireKappi frá Kommu
IS2004165890
DamHind frá Hrafnsstöðum
IS2003266634

Sýr frá Völlum

2013

Erpur frá Völlum

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This is Hilmir’s little brother Erpur. We hope that he will develop in the same direction. In spring 2016, a few months before he was supposed to come in for his first training, Erpur caught his leg in a wire and sustained quite a nasty injury. We had to take him into the stable for several months to take care of his injury and present him to the vet at regular intervals. Away from his friends and herd and without anyone to play with, Erpur became quite attached to people during this period as well as used to people doing strange things to him. As a consequence, when we took him in for training a few months later, he was unusually accepting and lacked a bit of energy. The strongest reaction we received while breaking him in was a little hop when we first asked him to trott under the rider. He has a nice big trott and we believe him to be a five-gaiter. If he does find his energy in the future, he will have the potential to do well in competitions.

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ColourBay with star
SireKorgur frá Ingólfshvoli
IS2006187026
DamFiðla frá Stóra-Vatnsskarði
IS1999257650

This is our very opinionated teddy bear Hremsa. Like Gæfa, she has a fiercely independent personality and absolutely loves people and cuddles. As long as they stay on the ground. She is not fond of the saddle and doesn’t appreciate being told what to do. While she will do as she’s told, she will also clearly communicate her contempt.  We expect her to be a five-gaiter who, at this point in her training, shows mostly trott. When suprised, she will sometimes fall into tölt by accident.

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ColourBay
SireGlæsir frá Litlu-Sandvík
IS1991187590
DamBíra frá Svínafelli 2
IS1997277773

Hremsa frá Völlum

Hremsa

Hvammur frá Völlum

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With his long legs, long neck and light built, Hvammur is destined to be the ideal sports horse. He is a five-gaiter with big movements and lots of leg action, a feature that, in combination with his physical appearance practically guarantees him a future in five-gaiter competitions. Hvammur has unusual eyes, one of them has a dark iris and the area around it is dark as well, whereas the dark iris on the other side is surrounded by white, one of the many colour surprises in pinto horses.

FEIF-IDIS2013187087
ColourBlack tobiano
SireÁlfur frá Selfossi
IS2002187662
DamÓpal frá Hvammi
IS2003287041

Vallarsól, the sun of the valley or of our farm Vellir, held some surprises for us. When we picked her up from the field to take her in for training, we had to lift her into the trailer, as she had made up her mind not to go. We half expected her to be a stubborn and slightly annoying horse that we would have to struggle with for every little step forward. However, as of her second training session, she was there, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to work. Vallarsól has lots of power and uses her short legs to make big steps. She is going to be a very forward-going horse that shows great promise for breeding shows and competitions. As we hope to keep the old bloodline of Hvoll farm alive through her and her offspring, she has a future in breeding.

Vallarsól was presented at the breeding show in Hella in summer 2017, and got an excellent score with 7.93 for ridden abilities with four gaits shown, and a total evaluation of 7.89. Perhaps not surprisingly, she received 9 for spirit. It will be exciting to see how this young mare improves even more!

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ColourBrown
SireÁlfur frá Selfossi
IS2002187662
DamNáttsól frá Fellsmúla
IS2000281796

Vallarsól frá Völlum

Moli frá Völlum

Moli and his mother Gleði

Moli is very big for an Icelandic horse (with some more years to grow) and prefers to use his long legs in tölt. In training, he has been calm and easy, however, his older brother is one of our most forward-going horses, so we anticipate that Moli might develop in a similar direction. He will be a good riding horse, potentially suited for five-gait and tölt competitions. His personality is careful but curious and in his herd, he prefers to follow rather than lead.

FEIF-IDIS2013187086
ColourRed bay
SireKappi frá Kommu
IS2004165890
DamHviða frá Halakoti
IS1995287348

Surprisingly. Sinfónia is nothing like her sister Sónata. She showed good gaits from the start and carried herself nicely without being taught to. She has a sensitive and careful personality and is quite irritable when approached from the left side. Sinfonía requires a good reason to trust her trainer and needs a bit more time than the others to ease into things. Therefore, after being on vacation for a few months, she will come back to the farm for a few weeks of training in January, to catch her up with her age group.

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ColourBrown
SireSeiður frá Flugumýri II
IS2004158629
DamKátína frá Flugumýri II
IS2004258626

Sinfonía frá Völlum

Sinfónía

Elmur frá Völlum

Elmur is absolutely huge for his age and still has some years left to grow even further. In Icelandic, his rare and very special colour has the poetic name “vindóttur” – wind-coloured. In English, it is called silver dapple black. When we took him in for training, we expected him to be quite hardheaded and fight training. As it turned out, he was really nice and not at all boring, responding well to everything we asked. He appears as one of those horses that accept lessons easily and willingly, but don’t offer more by themselves. Elmur has really nice, big and round movements and carries himself nicely. His canter in particular is fun and worth mentioning with high, round jumps. He developed in a very different direction than we expected and will become a wonderful  riding horse.

FEIF-IDIS2013187085
ColourSilver dapple black
SireKorgur frá Ingólfshvoli
IS2006187026
DamElding frá Njálsgerði
IS2000284547

One of the first things you’ll notice about Iðja are the fluffy white ears peeking out of her black mane. When she first came, she was sensitive around the head and didn’t like to be touched at all. She was very insecure around people and always seemed to be on the verge of panicking. This changed completely once the vet had been to see her. Iðja was sedated  to have her teeth checked and she woke up a more relaxed and easy-going horse. Like her siblings, she is responsive and calm and shows appropriate reactions to to her surroundings.

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ColourBrown
SireÞeyr frá Akranesi
IS2001135008
DamGleði frá Áslandi
IS1995255652

Iðja frá Völlum

Iðja March 2014

2014

Björt frá Völlum

Sister of Hremsa and Maðra

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ColourChestnut
SireLukku-Láki frá Stóra-Vatnsskarði
IS2009157651
DamBíra frá Svínafelli 2
IS1997277773

Alrún frá Völlum

alrun-a

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ColourBrown
SireGlæsir frá Litlu-Sandvík
IS1991187590
DamGleði frá Áslandi
IS1995255652

Björt frá Völlum

bjoert-fra-voellum

Eldey frá Völlum

eldey-and-elding

FEIF-IDIS2014287085
ColourChestnut with blaze and white socks
SireEldur frá Torfunesi
IS2007166206
DamElding frá Njálsgerði
IS2000284547

Hjör frá Völlum

hind-o-hjoer

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ColourBrown with snip
SireLukku-Láki frá Stóra-Vatnsskarði
IS2009157651
DamHind frá Hrafnsstöðum
IS2003266634

Hrímey frá Völlum

hrimey-daughter-of-njala-and-eldur-fra-torfunesi

FEIF-IDIS2014287074
ColourBay with snip
SireEldur frá Torfunesi
IS2007166206
DamNjála frá Fellsmúla
IS2003281797

2015

Bjóður frá Völlum

bjodur-son-of-bira-and-bardi-fra-laugarboekkum

FEIF-IDIS2015187083
ColourBay
SireBarði frá Laugarbökkum
IS2004187644
DamBíra frá Svínafelli 2
IS1997277773

Farsæll frá Völlum

farsaell-son-of-njala-and-bragur-fra-ytra-holi

FEIF-IDIS2015187084
ColourBrown
SireBragur frá Ytra-Hóli
IS2008180527
DamNjála frá Fellsmúla
IS2003281797

Forkur frá Völlum

forkur-son-of-fidla-and-glaesir-fra-litlu-sandvik

FEIF-IDIS2015187077
ColourBrown
SireGlæsir frá Litlu-Sandvík
IS1991187590
DamFiðla frá Stóra-Vatnsskarði
IS1999257650

Hugða frá Völlum

hugda

FEIF-IDIS2015287084
ColourGrey, born chestnut
SireGangster frá Árgerði
IS2006165663
DamHeiður frá Hjallalandi
IS2005257429

Orka frá Völlum

opal-and-foal

FEIF-IDIS2015287083
ColourBrown with blaze, glasseyed
SireÖlnir frá Akranesi
IS2009135006
DamÓpal frá Hvammi
IS2003287041

Seyðir frá Völlum

seydir-fra-voellum

FEIF-IDIS2015187087
ColourChestnut with star, flaxen mane and tail
SireKiljan frá Steinnesi
IS2004156286
DamStella frá Hjallanesi 1
IS2003281664