ICELANDIC HORSE STUD FARM
Pentland Hills Icelandics is focussed on breeding, rearing and
training good quality Icelandic horses. With well over 20 years of
experience in the breed, we are usually able to pair you up with the
horse of your dreams and to offer all the back-up that you may
require to make the partnership perfect.
our breeding stock carefully in Iceland, looking for horses, first
and foremost, with a good temperament. Good conformation comes
next with special care taken over legs and hooves. Then the breeding
stock must be clear in their gaits with plenty of will. We
have some breeding lines with height around 15hh and plenty of
strength to match. Of course, an Icelandic horse must also
look spectacular with plenty of thick mane - we have some horses of
rare and interesting colours.
REARING AND TRAINING YOUNGSTOCK
The youngsters are reared on rough moorland by the Pentland Hills
where they learn discipline from each other, horse to horse, the way
it should be. The space they roam on is challenging and almost
unlimited and the herd groups are large. When training starts at
four and a half years old, and more seriously at five years, they
are keen, interested and love to learn. They are trained in a
friendly but firm and calm way and become loyal and contented riding
horses, responsive to very light aids and ready for whatever life
will throw at them. Once they are properly balanced with rider on
board, the gaits are trained using both the indoor arena and the
natural terrain to achieve the best.
To learn more about our approach to
breeding and training Icelandic Horses, and about our stallion Ísak visit our
ICELANDIC HORSES page
HORSES FOR SALE
Do you want to buy a special horse?
Please visit our
SALE page. Every horse sold from here is happy in traffic, used to
dogs and other animals, and is easy to catch, shoe and box under
normal circumstances. We also have some excellent horses
for lease - please call for details.
Of course, visitors are always welcome -
give us a quick ring first to check we are about and we would be
delighted to show you around.
AFTER SALES SERVICE
We passionately care about where and to
whom our horses go. We want only the very best for them when they
move on to a new home, so we are happy to make ourselves available
should you need help or advice afterwards, for as long as it takes.
If you buy a horse, we want it to work
for both of you so we suggest you come and stay locally and ride
with us for a day or two. We are very happy to give gaited lessons
and to make sure the partnership is right from the beginning.
It may be your wish to keep the horse at
Windy Gowl permanently or you may wish to benefit from our help for
a few weeks / months and develop a good relationship with your new
horse. We are always very happy to help at any time.
- Grass livery for Icelandic Horses
and native breeds
- Supportive and friendly
- 24/7 care
- Weekly farrier
- Access to fantastic riding country
and indoor arena
For more information on our livery
service, please visit our
page. Please note, any native breeds are welcome to come and join
the Icelandics at Windy Gowl Farm
This winter, the
riding herd have been kept in a court and corral situation
due to the awful wet weather we, like everyone, experienced
throughout the summer resulting in damaged muddy fields.
Although a bit of an experiment, this has been extremely successful
for both horses and owners alike - with a dry straw bed and easy
fodder access for the horses, and handy accessibility for the
On frosty, snowy
and dry days, the horses have been turned out into a back field to
play and it is interesting to see the queue to get back inside when
it's time! The secret to keeping them indoors successfully is
the spaciousness of the court, where they can scratch necks, play
and move about freely.
Visit our LIVERY page for more
place at Windy Gowl for the new series of the BBC's detective
drama series Case Histories starring Jason Isaacs, to be shown
on TV this spring.
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learn more about our Aberdeen Angus
For more news from Windy Gowl,
our NEWS page
Here at PHI, we care about our horses
and try to minimise the risk of disease entering our herd at all
If you are coming out riding - or even
just visiting - please be
vigilant in wearing clean outer clothing and disinfect hats (a quick
spray), chaps, boots, gloves etc before coming. As an added
protection, on arrival please dip your boots in the bucket provided
at the entrance.
For all horses coming into Windy Gowl or
leaving to attend an event, we will ask that you complete a Disease
Risk Form two weeks before the event for all our horses safety. We
also worm all horses incoming to PHI on arrival if they are to be
turned out on pasture.
Thank you for your care