About Us

Lost Creek Fjord Horses is owned and operated by Jim Krowka and Gwen Ingram, and is located south of Dexter, Oregon along the banks of beautiful Lost Creek, where we have bred, raised, trained, and advocated for the Classic pack llama breed since 1986.  (Click here to visit the Lost Creek Llamas website).  In addition to llamas, we've had horses, ducks, geese and cats with us for all those years, too.

When the first of our two retired Arabians passed away, we set about finding new equine companions.   We knew we wanted hardy, moderate sized horses (13.3-14.0hh +/-) that could be kept barefoot; Fjord horses certainly were on the short list right away.

We were totally unprepared to discover just how radically different and unique the Norwegian Fjord Horse temperament and disposition really are.  After all, the promo lit for every equine breed touts how “smart” and “calm” and “versatile” and “athletic” and “long-lived” and “people-oriented” and ... hey, you know how marketing copy is.  Well, Norwegian Fjords REALLY ARE all that — and more! No animal is “born trained” nor born an instant best friend. Norwegian Fjords are as close as it gets for equines.

Our breeding choices are made using the knowledge gained from more than 45 years of experience in selective animal breeding coupled with Gwen's lifelong, intense study of genetics and quadrupedal biomechanics.

Our horses are handled and trained to be partners and respectful friends, using natural horsemanship methods and individualized timetables. They are kept together as a herd in a bare-ground track paddock with daily turnout time for grazing and cavorting in larger pastures.

We primarily trail ride, which — as any trail rider knows — places significant mental, emotional and physical demands on the horses.  We greatly enjoy playing at liberty with one or more horses at a time, especially because that's something we can do every day, right here on the farm, even on days when time is limited or the weather can't make up its mind what to do.  Our new (2020) outdoor arena has opened up whole new worlds for us and our Fjords — from in-hand to ridden physical and mental development.

We used to be very successful in performance competitions with our llamas, but we're done with that world now — we'd rather get top marks from our animals all the time than put any more effort into chasing fleeting recognition (in some cases with accompanying jealous snark) from other humans!  When we even consider entering formal trail competitions with our horses, it's strictly for the opportunities those events will present to further our horse-human relationships.

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Because yearly Fjord births in North America (and in most countries worldwide) had been running below replacement rate with genetic diversity in jeopardy, we initially stepped up and committed to using our mares to produce some well-mannered, sweet-tempered, versatile and talented purebred Fjord foals rather than de facto removing those mares from the gene pool by not breeding them at all during their prime reproductive years.

Now that there are seemingly enough purebred Fjord foals born yearly in North America*, we've decided to breed even less and to retain our foals longer to provide them with much more training and, in turn, a higher likelihood of their next home being a permanent one.  That's exactly what we've always done with our llamas; it's our comfort zone.  Our current breeding goal is to produce at least one and preferably two replacements for (and from) our special and beloved mare Winny.  Eventually we will reach that goal and take a hiatus from breeding while the replacement(s) mature ... if Winny doesn't age out before then (her wellbeing comes first!).

* A significant percentage of well-bred Fjord foals are again on the market for a full year or more before selling, whereas at the time we bought our first mare, most foals were sold before they were weaned and some of those were sold in utero!  Additionally, the NFHR chooses to permanently cancel purebred horse registrations based on certain owner (or prior owner) behavior (whether actual or alleged); these cancellations and petitions for cancellation have recently increased.  Both of these trends suggest that North American Fjord owners and breeders are quite comfortable with the numbers and genetic diversity of the North American Fjord Horse population ... and you don't have to ask us twice to take time to enjoy the horses we have instead of knocking ourselves out breeding more just so other people can do all the fun stuff!

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