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Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 28 april 2015 11:33

Wow killing us softly sweet baby Ella, but she is now stable and has her own brand new grasspaddock in the field and yesterday she learned about electricity. She fell to the floor everytime she got to the fence but now she can get up by herself and I try hard not to run to her rescue so she can learn. Yesterday I hired another groom so I can get more sleep and other things done when my family back-up is leaving for Sweden. Fiero is now 1 month and a super beauty, incredible movements, will be new generation Donoso-stud. I want more like him so now I have repeated the combination of Novedosa & Donoso again. I enjoy every day just looking at my horses growing and seeing them develop. I had plan to sell this years foals but Gacela is obviously not for sale, Fiero possibly as I have no same age companion for him. My 1 year old girls are like a decoration on the green flowery field. Both are very tall, totally correct in conformations and extremities. My horses are handbred and they get the individual care and this is not the same as a horse bred and thrown out on field and treated like livestock for 3 years, or bred in small unnatural corrals. Mine go on the grass fields and are kept inside when the weather is bad on golden strawbeds and they get the best quality food, vitamins and minerals that are essential for their development. And most importantly they are treated with individual care and human interaction and are able to develop their personality. I like to raise horses in a personal way, they need to be horses but they also need to know how to communicate, interact with humans and develop their personalities. My parents raised a filly on bottle as her mum died when she was 3 weeks. That mare did Grand Prix dressage and 140 showjumping. She got great dressage offspring, some exported to USA. She was bred well and was given the oportunity to develop naturally and with the personal care she was able to develop her ability to cooperate with people, which are the bases also for dressage. We need horses with a developed personality if we want winners, I believe. And when we care about our horses they give it back to us in one way or the other. 

Caring for Gacela


1 year old girls Euforia and Chula

I have testridden a new black beauty PRE stallion for clients and tomorrow we do vetting for USA, a stunning black PRE I have selected for dressage. Recently I have worked intensively with specific requests from clients without the client coming to view the horse. 
There is now a jet black Donoso-mare for sale that I will be happy to forward information on if anyone wants a mare for dressage or breeding. 

D is now a grandsire in Finland, congratulations Tiina and Donita VIK to little beautiful Nelilyn Armoniosa!!

Donita VIK 


Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 22 april 2015 10:48

Gacela is recovering, it is not a straight road and still lots of worries on the way, one day she looks better and another she looks a little worse, but all in all she is progressing. The big news is that from times to times she is able to nurse from mami, Pica is 100% cooperative but we still have to handfeed her every 3 hours though because only sometimes Ella is able to get up by herself. She has a lot of personality and this character helps her, she is full of will and want to grow and discover.  My super parents are/have been watching over her with helping hands, guided by intuition and feeling in what she needs and how she needs it which this is fundamental for her progress. So because of this backup I was able to go to Israel, I used to travel alot but now it was the first time I went somewhere in many years. First day was Holocaust Memorial day, started with a siren and silent minute. This day I went to the south to teach some very ambitious dressage students, an intense and interesting day with 9 lessons. Next day I helped Maya with Halagador and Eva with Exo, it was great to see them in their nice homes and with new happy owners. On the sunday I went back to the south for more lessons and we had more fun!
Beautiful people in Israel, it's a special place and I met so many warm people, I got to go to special places including Tel Aviv center and beach, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. The water is oily and supposed to be very good for you, I floated properly for the first time it was great to feeling of weightlessness. Dead Sea is the lowest point in the world. I saw camels on the road and met a Beduine living in the desert. And I had my favourite food, the best hummus and falafel ever. I also got my first lesson in reining and realized my dressage muscle memory doesn't respond as the commands for reining are totally opposite to the ones in dressage. I realize I have all the patience in the world for my studens but none for myself. Good lesson! Special thanks to Amir, Maya, Sagit, Daphna, students and to both my parents for making this trip possible and super special. Now it's great to be back to work! 



Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 12 april 2015 11:58

Two milestones this weekend, Start did his second GP and Gacela is finally at home!!

We start with Starti that has not got the preparation he deserves as have had my little foal in hospital now for almost 2 weeks. So I have ridden when I had the time and the energy and most of these two weeks I've had neither. But with my work and the life I lead realize I will never arrive to a perfect timing before a competition so I thought f,..k it, we are going. I made our goal for this competition a serious test and over 60% and S actually did his absolute best test, nailing all the tempis and trot extentions, nailed all flying changes 100% clean, super stops, tripping once, one canter step in one of the passage and a kick at the end of 15 perfect tempi ones! So a great feeling and super pleased with my Starti!! 



And finally today on her 12th birthday we went to pick up Gacela. She is much stronger and I hope she will keep advancing, my warmest Thank You to the most fantastic team of vets and assistants at HSVM Hosptial Veterinario Sierra de Madrid, they have given Ella a chance to live. 

Gacela 12 days old and at home.


Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 2 april 2015 23:16

I have had the most emotional day, I try hard not to 'feed' the feeling of emotion because it is totally overwhelming and I've got to keep it together. Today a long drive to testride two wonderful horses that was both a pure pleasure to ride and look at, excellent presentated and professionally trained. Of course hitting the easter traffic and journey got longer than estimated and of course also I get lost. All the time I get lost as I depend on the GPS and never seem to know where I am but finally I was were I most wanted to be; In the hospital where Gacela 'Ella' is fighting for it together with her mum and a wonderful team of vets. I am so greatful to these people, and to my friend Jorge that got us there in the night. I am totally aware they saved/are saving her life. So my heart held it's breath when I saw my little baby, she stood up. Wow, that feeling to see her on her legs. We all supported her and helped her going to have her first intent to suckle from mami Pica that is a super mami. Wow it was an incredible feeling to see her fight for it and be able to be there and support her. She got hold of it but she didn't get to drink because she is not in balance and development for that yet but it felt like almost. She fights and she wants it which is the most important for her possibilities. Such a big girl with with the longest legs ever and so much spririt. Then she had to lie down again to rest and get her milk and fell asleep next to me. So beautiful with much love in this and around this little horse. Just beautiful. And thank You so much for all your support in facebook, so many good people, I can feel you. I am the most greatful horse-mami ever. 

Gacela VIK, 2 days old!


Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 1 april 2015 23:40

My two new little new lifes are killing me softly. One because he is adorable and just the perfect mini-golden Donoso and my heart skips a beat when I see him. And the other because she was born premature and is now in intesive care in hospital and it's a critical situation for her. Gacela was born at 21.20 and I was there to deliver her, I got the feeling very quickly she was weak so I gave her milk and massaged her to dry. I felt she would definitely be too weak to stand up so I called vet, he gave her 0,5l milk in tube and stitched up the cord as she was bleeding alot. Only 3,5 hours old we carried her into the trailer and drive her and mummy Picara 1 hour up the road. She had convulsions and was very weak not able to stand or even sit up. I arrived home at 6am in the morning and at 10am I got first update that she was still here and not worse. She is now in the best hands and her situation is alittle more stable as she has no infections and seem to respond to the treatment. She is always with one person by her side and I was sent pictures and told that she is able to hold herself up lying at times. And with the help of the people supporting her she could actually maintain herself standing alittle. These are very good news but she needs time and there is alot of develoment still necessary for her recovery. I gave her the name Gacela, she is very big foal with incredibly long legs, let's hope we will see her run on the fields using them next to her brother. She is the grulla type buckskin, just beautiful.

So today I had to have a quiet day, I sat down in flowering field with Fiero that comes running when he sees me, the new alfalfa arrived, went home and rested until it was time to go back to give everyone dinner. Finally I took D for a ride under the moon and listening to the frog-serenade. It was a good day.
Here my new little heartbreakers;


Cream buckskin colt sired by Donoso VII, dam Novedosa PM born 26-03-2015

Grulla buckskin filly sired by Donoso VII, dam Picara PM, Born 31-03-2015 


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