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 ... well, you know how marketing 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.
Because yearly Fjord births in North America (and in most countries worldwide) are currently running below replacement rate over the long term and genetic diversity is in jeopardy as a result, we’ve stepped up and committed to using our carefully-selected mares to produce a couple of well-mannered, sweet-tempered, versatile and talented Fjord foals every other year. 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 biomechanics.
Our horses are handled and trained to be partners and respectful friends, using natural horsemanship methods. They are kept together as a herd in a 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. Our new (2020) outdoor arena has opened up a whole new world for us and our Fjords.