I had been searching for a Fjord mare for some time, and I was beginning to feel as if my expectations/goals for my dream mare were just too high. I had visited some lovely farms, looked at quality Fjords, and talked to some well-educated breeders, but still I just couldn’t seem to find the “right” combination in any horse.
That’s when I was referred to Lori Albrough, and her Bluebird Lane Fjords. After looking at her website, talking with her, and looking at her horses’ pedigrees, I decided to persuade my husband that I needed to travel to Ontario, Canada to find a horse. This was not an easy feat, as he is as non-horsey as you can get, and he doesn’t have my love for the animals.
Upon arrival things were wonderful. Lori and her husband Stefan were very welcoming, and the farm and animals were obviously very well cared for. Lori showed us two mares that she had for sale at the time. We discussed the temperament of each animal, and how they might fit into my expectations and goals. Each mare had an excellent pedigree, and both were very different, both physically and mentally. They were at different places in their training but they were both wonderfully mannered and handled beautifully under saddle.
Lori is a very good listener and she knows her horses very well. I valued her opinion in terms of which horse would work the best for me in terms of my different goals. She definitely wants the best for her horses and the people who purchase them. She wants to make sure that it’s a “fit”. Lori puts much time and effort into the starting and working of her Fjords and it shows in their ground manners, their performance under saddle, and their overall behavior. They were happy in mind and very willing to please.
As our visit came to an end and my husband and I prepared to leave he turned to me (and I was beaming from ear to ear from the wonderful experience of riding two well-trained Fjords) and he said “Wat’cha gonna do?” I, not wanting to push him, said “What do you think I should do?” To my complete amazement he replied, “You’d be an idiot not to take both.” I not only had to pick my jaw off the floor, but my whole body off the gravel driveway. But you see, he had made several trips with me in my search for a mare, and he had watched me with the horses, so he was able to see the clear difference in the combination that was represented in Lori’s horses.
Lori combines quality horses with quality training. Who could ask for more? My search was done, and I soon had two lovely mares in my barn.
I would definitely refer anyone (in any equine discipline) to Lori and Bluebird Lane Fjords. They most certainly will find happy minded, well- mannered, trained Fjords there, and their search may well end like mine — with a big YIPPEE!