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. single. equine. breed. touts how “smart” and “calm” and “versatile” and “athletic” and “long-lived” and “people-oriented” that breed is.  Typical advertising copy, ugh!  We were stunned to find out that Norwegian Fjords REALLY ARE all that — and more! No animal is “born trained” nor an instant best friend nor 100% safe. Norwegian Fjords are as close as it gets for equines.

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.  Fleeting recognition from humans whose priorities are out of sync with ours just impedes our journey — we'd rather strive for top marks from our animals all the time.    When we even consider entering formal or organized events with our horses, it's strictly for the opportunities those events might present to further our horse-human relationships.

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 breeding our mares rather than letting their prime reproductive years pass by, which in turn would have deprived others from having a new generation of Fjord horses to enjoy and love, and de facto shrinking the Fjord gene pool.

Now that there are more purebred Fjord foals being born every year in North America, we've adjusted our plans to breeding only one mare per biennium so we can maintain a healthy balance between breeding and customer service and enjoying our own Fjords.

Our horses and our foals 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 typically retain our foals longer than "industry standard" in order to provide them with much more individual evaluation and training and, in turn, a higher likelihood of their next home being a permanent one with a well-matched (and ecstatic!) human partner. That's exactly what we've always done with our llamas; it's our comfort zone.

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 ... and we're still actively pursuing more knowledge!

We will be breeding primarily for ourselves in the near future.  We are now down to just one viable mare — it appears Hallie will not work out here and we won't breed Chestry until she's fully mature.  Even if we weren't limited to Winny for now, we particularly appreciate the cooperative, balanced nature she passes on to her foals.  It makes sense for us to fill out our next generation of broodmares and personal riding horses with one or two more of Winny's progeny if possible.

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