level of training
“Can I use this horse, for someone with little experience? It looks so nice and easy” I have been asked questions like this quite a few times about little trained horses. Horses that are, for example, trained for two/three months, that look nice & easy in the video. Please be aware that a little trained horse needs to go into experienced hands, or you should let a professional trainer assist you with its further education. This horse could turn into the horse of your dreams :). But little trained means little experience and many things to learn – most importantly, to learn correctly. The reason why it looks easy in the video is because it has the potential to be easy, and because it is presented by a rider that has a lot of experience with young horses. Little trained horses are therefore often cheaper than horses with many years of training. Nevertheless, don’t forget that you might have to invest in these horses´ trainings if you don’t have the skills to train them yourself.
The horse´s height
Keeping a horse longer in Iceland
For younger horses such as yearlings/foals, it can make sense not to export them straight away. For example, if you don’t have space on a field yet or the cost of raising a youngster is too high at your home.
Moreover, here in Iceland, the horses usually grow up on vast fields where they can train their ability to be surefooted and have a lot of companionship to learn social skills. Additionally, the monthly feeding fees (varying from farm to farm) are in general lower than abroad.
A vetcheck is an examination of your horse. The purpose of this is to ascertain if the horse has any pre-existing health conditions which may affect its ability to perform the activity it is intended for.
The standard vetcheck includes:
It is a good plan to set a budget for your new horse. That makes the process of finding a horse clearer. Iceland used to be known as the country of cheap and good horses. But please do consider that even in Iceland there are costs for breeding, feeding (not to forget how challenging that can be due to Icelandic weather conditions) and training a horse. I do not support dumping prices, because that means that at the end of the day, the breeder who paid to raise your horse until this day and the trainer who has put passion and work into your horse, go home poorer than they started the day.
The export is actually quite a standardized process and runs very smoothly. Click on the button to find all the info about the costs that can be expected, export companies and the journey of your horse.
Besides Exporthestar are three more companies that provide export services. For the Germans that are a bit insecure, Hulda from Hestvit speaks German, as well ; ).