We get a lot of questions, which is really great! We are so happy that you’re interested in horses.
Since Stjarna is our “farm gossip”, she will answer the most frequently asked questions below.
Q: Where do you live?
A: We live in Wisconsin!
Q: I heard you “live” with your parents?
A: Yep, sure do. Our barn is right outside the kitchen window. So we can spy on The Parents. Hee, hee.
Q: Who is the oldest horse?
A: My brother Hrimnir (Hermie) is 24 years old. Soti and Kommi are 22 yrs old. Glytja is 19 years old. Me and Gus are 13 years old.
Q: Is it true that once a horse leaves Iceland, it can never go back to Iceland?
A: Yep, it’s true. That’s why we have Hermie and Kommi. Their previous family had to move back to Iceland and they couldn’t move with their family. The horses in Iceland aren’t vaccinated so they don’t want our bugs. There haven’t been any horses allowed to enter Iceland, for like, 1,000 years.
Q: Is Glytja really that bossy?
A: OMG you don’t even know! It’s either her way or the highway. But, we all know she’s just doing her job. In Iceland, the strongest mare is responsible for keeping the herd safe. So we get it.
Q: What do you eat?
A: Mostly hay from our farm. We also get grain with lots of vitamins. And if we are good, then we get carrots and peppermint treats. Kommi tries to hog all of my treats, so I have to bite him on the butt.
Q: Do you like to be brushed?
A: omg I love the attention!!
Q: Will there be any babies on the farm?
A: Um no. The Parents aren’t qualified to breed horses. Plus, the boys (Soti, Hermie, Kommi, and Gus) are geldings. So they can’t make babies (foals).
Q: Which horse has the most energy?
A: Hooves down… KOMMI! He never runs out of energy and it drives us all nuts. He’s also high maintenance. If we yell at him and hurt his feelings, then he buries his head in The Mom’s chest.
Q: Where is Glytja from?
A: She was born in Wisconsin. Her horse parents were imported from Iceland. Her horse mom died as the result of being hit by a car. It was really sad…. Glytja’s mom was trying to protect baby Glyjta from being hit by a car and then her mom was hit.
Q: Do you all like your photo being taken?
A: Yep, especially Kommi. Before he joined our family, he was a big deal for a program called Intrinzen. He had like a gazillion followers because people couldn’t believe a horse can move like him. Soti is really the only one that doesn’t care for it.
Q: Do all of you “Tolt”?
A: Yep, we all have 4-5 gaits including Tolt.
Q: How do you stay warm in the winter?
A: We have two coats to insulate our bodies. We also have smaller windpipes so we don’t breathe in too much cold air. Plus, we have winter shoes to keep the snow and ice out of our hooves.
Q: How does The Mom get all those pics of you smiling?
A: Well, that’s mostly Glytja. She just likes to smile. Also, she gets a peppermint when it’s a really good one with some teefers. The boys just do their thing and The Mom takes like a thousand photos.
Q: What do The Parents do for a job?
A: They sell houses. They work for a company called Stark.
Q: What is your dream?
A: I want all horses to have a loving family. There are like 200,000 “unwanted” horses in the US. It’s so not fair. They didn’t do anything wrong. It’s always some humans that put them in that situation. I want all of them to get adopted and be happy and healthy.
Q: What are your Icelandic names and birthdays?
A: I’ll tell you what I know. Hermie, Kommi and Gus were born in the mountains in Iceland so we don’t know their actual birthdays. So we made them up.
Polstrjarna from Circle City – April 10
Glytja from Winterhorse – May 3
Soti from Slettunni – June 16
Kommi fra Oddholi – July 17
Hrimnir fra Stafholtsveggjum – September 18
Goslari fra Grafarkoti – August. Like, the entire month (insert eye roll).
Q: Why do you wear a muzzle?
A: In Spring 2021, I was diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome. It’s kinda like diabetes and thyroid disease in humans. It caused me to get laminitis, which made my hooves really, really sore. I’ve been slowly recovering, but I can’t have any grass. That would be really bad for me because it has too much sugar and starch.