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Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 28 december 2014 13:41

Hope you have had a lovely week of Christmas! We had a long run of sunshine and as we swedes are used to the dark we had to close the curtains to be able to get into the cosy-xmas feeling with lit candles etc. This year we left some of our beloved family behind in Sweden but were happy to get to know a new family member Maja. As Maja can't hear anything we practiced signlanguage which turned out to be real fun because you have to really connect and pay attention when communicating. Maja is not only a football girl she also knows how to ride and communicate with horses, so on christmas eve we socialized in the sun and had some horse-fun!
                 
       

Yesterday I found D in paddock with a leasion - punch in the tummy-feeling - left frontleg very swollen in various places and did not want to put weight on leg at all. I found a flat and big stone and I am guessing he has probably tripped on this one and dislocated his hoof/leg whilst playing. Things that happens when a horse get to be a horse. So I cooled with cold water for 30 min, dried leg and massaged with Arnica and left him with a hot bandage and Hyal Acid and antiinflammatory. Today he was alittle less swollen and able to put alittle more weight on the leg. I cooled with ice, did laser treatment, Furacin massage with a hot bandage and gave antiflammatory, ASEA and Hyal Acid. Hopefully he is even better tomorrow. I have had my most beautiful D exactly 6 years now and he has not been lame even once before. He did injure himself also in paddock in Sweden, no lameness but I felt he did not pass the flying change as well to the left as he did to the right. So with a super hight tec ultrasound we could find a bleeding inside the cross ligament. But he still competed and won the Swedish Championships for PRE and became Absolute Champion and Champion Functionality with highest scores ever! D has a super strong physique so I am hoping he will also heal super-fast so we can compete together 2015, please please please I need this horse well!!
           


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Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 21 december 2014 20:25

I was going to do a resume of the year but I rather look forward and say how thankful I am for my friends and for the the old and new connections I have/made with people and horses, thank You, it's the connections which gives magic to life and the living!
Vikinga herd is now enjoying their home in harmony of a natural environment and I am so grateful to have been able to make this dream possible for my animals and by myself, terracotta stable, new paddocks and my  w o n d e r f u l arena, I made it!! This is how we enjoy a weekend at the farm, my världens bästa dad has just finished our new paddocks and some painting and my mother is helping me so I get time to ride in the middle of all christmas, business and farm-tending.
So with these pics we want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas, with peace and happiness for all!! 
 

 
Super smart incredible Start enjoying his life!
       
         
Thank you Donoso, my inspiration to all.      

   

   

 

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Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 11 december 2014 22:11

Donoso's breeding program is up and running in Australia and USA, he is expecting 3 foals in USA 2015 and the first D-baby will be born in Southafrica! Quinto has got one stunning España-lady booked for next year. These days we are busy working at the finca with painting and making space for new paddocks so everyone can be outside and enjoy the lovely spanish sunshine when it's here. I have lot's of work going on with selecting new horses and communications, no time to update list of sales horses on homepage etc but some are there but please contact me via email to request information of horses available. There are quite a few I wouldn't mind buying and working with myself but I don't get the chance because horses are sold quickly now. At least some land at my farm post-selling for gelding and transit which is nice as it gives a personal contact. There is a great demand for the PRE so please keep on breeding, the demand will be growing for sure!!
Here 'Capi' a 5 year old PRE I selected, sold and cared for during gelding before he left for USA, owner thrilled and super happy with her horse that is now doing his first dressage competition!


Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 10 december 2014 00:03

Back from long weekend in Sevilla and Spanish Championships, had some great days social days with international horse-family-friends lovely! Came back to perfectly happy boys and girls in a wintery Madrid, sun but few degrees and lot's of wind yesterday but horse workouts keeps you warm. Quinto is now more swift on his feet, D is playing 1,2,3 tempis low neck and Start just does it and is in need of a new bodyshave,. Here beautiful Carcelero doing his first pessoa workout, such a sweet horse, prefers to chat with people than eat his food so of course super easy to love :)

And here fantastic Curioso delivering another beautiful Grand Prix freestyle, such a refined and artistic horse and good rider of course!
SICAB 2014

           

Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 25 november 2014 18:17

They day begun with pregnant Nova jumping the fence to the nextdoor neighbour with her super belly (7 months)!! Javi had to spend all morning chasing her until fabulous Nova just jumped back over the fence and that was that. No injuries so yes she's also a jumping talent! Here she is the most naugthy of the gang,. fence in the background, it's not low..

 
And today it was time for Tico and Tinos first handling session!! Had no idea how this would work but they were both incredibly good boys! Tico stepped onto the arena, posed and got the lounging straight away! Off he went for the proper morfology longrun and wow he moved amaaaazing!!! So proud, imagine when he was a tiny little weak baby and had to got to hospital, so weak we did not know if he would live, exhausted we watched over him with healing hands, my mother even revived him once hitting him hard over the heart as he was gone, phew he's special to me, thank you thank you thank you, I'm so blessed to have this horse!! 
And here he is, only with 20 months already looking like a proper stallion, promised I will get him his own studpage now that he's (almost) a grown up :)
'Tico' - definitely my future stud stallion!!! 
             
         

 
 

Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 21 november 2014 11:08

We are lucky right now as spring weather returned with nice sunshine and great temps, sitting outside in warm sun in November is bliss! What is not bliss is being in the middle of a strict diet. Today day 6 out of 13 but absolutely feeling better physically so yes it's totally worth the headache and cravings for the the bad stuff like sugar,. I'm also doing a 21-day online meditation course which is fun. So busy polishing the inside and working full on the outside with training horses and connecting lovely people to wonderful horses! Donoso is beaming, Start is swinging and Quinto is getting fit and supple. Here's some more pics of my last sale 'Celo', an exclusive PRE with excellent carthusian origins and working advanced levels. He is currently at my farm where he will be gelded and cared for until he leaves for Luxembourg and his loving new person.
Beatiful Carcelero!   
       


Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 8 november 2014 16:48

Quinto MG is bred by the respected stud Marín Garcia, he has 8 registered offspring and expecting more next year. He is born 2006 out of Gavilan XXIX, bred by Ana Maria Bohorquez, via Yaco II/Pampero V and Albero II on dams side. He is 172 cm tall and has the noblest temperament imaginable, a very kind and sensible stallion. Quinto was selected and sold by Vikingapre and we are delighted to have him join our training and breeding program. You will be able to access info on his page here; http://www.horsespreviktoria.com/1/quinto_mg_784885.htm

 
     
   

Here 6 QUINTO MG's offspring, he has grey, chestnut and bay progeny. The spanish royal stables has bred 2 of their mares to Quinto MG this year and Yeguada Marin Garcia has also used him for their mares this year. 

           


Av L Viktoria M Sandberg - 6 november 2014 21:32

Next Vikinga-connected PRE has been presented to his new person and lovely hands and is going to live out his life in Luxemburg! We will most likely see him in our home for a snip-snip shortly and I will let you know who he is!

All three boys got good workouts today, Donoso was first out and fill of energy so we did piaffe/passage work and practicing flow in the tempis. Then Quinto who is doing his connecting work, and Start got a warmup by brave groom-guy Javi. J got the trot but canter,.. J is a confident rider but Start could break anyones confidence in no time when he makes it impossible to even get a normal canter!     But J handled it very well and did get it in the end. Donoso got his hair done by beauty-department, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer and new braids after work. He always behaves but was obviously not very amused with all the fuss and looked like this,. no doubt very bored :)
 
And here's my new stand in girlpower-stable-manager DOLLY! Presenting the fierce-rodent-menace number one! In 30 min she had caught 7 little buggers!! 
Dolly in action

 
And in the middle of that hunt with stable full of people screaming and fleeing rodents running away from doggy we checked Queen Africa who was confirmed in foal with Donoso from one and only shot - hepp! Vet Jorge and Donoso gets the credit 100%!
 
Then it was time for branding of 2 pretty Vikinga girls and 2 handsome Vikinga boys, we use cold branding with nitrogen. The horses are sedated and the patch where the brand goes is first shaved and then desinfected properly with alcohol.Then then the iron is placed on the located area and it leaves a smooth mark that will grow white hairs. Cold branding is the most harmless way to brand a horse, personally I would not consider any other kind of branding, the cold makes the horses numb and they all stood absolutely still and did not seem bothered. 

                  


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