Gunnar (gelding)

Norwegian Fjord

Gunnar arrived with his buddy, Torgan, during the summer of 2011, when he was 13 years old.  They were born and breed in Canada on a Fjord Ranch, where they were reported as having been trained for English, Western and Harness. They both arrived hugely over weight!  They had been allow to free feed on around 10+ acres of pasture.  The family started out initially wishing to have them assessed to become gratis lease participants (the horse stays here for a very nominal fee and is used as a lesson horse.  The owner is allowed to check them out for activities or ride them any time they are not scheduled.  But during the first week Gunnar went into kidney failure and the metabolic trauma also brought on a bad case of founder.  We were willing to save his life but only if he and Torgan would belong to us. Gunnar didn’t just survive the kidney failure but with following the care instructions carefully within 5 months his coffin bone returned to its former position as evidenced by his x-rays.  We have been treating him for Cushing Disease for the last 2 years.  He has really enjoyed having time spent with him doing Parelli activities since a lot of his assignments include the very disabled which don’t provide him with much stimulus or challenge, which every horse both needs and wants.  PS, Gunnar came to us with the name of Cheyenne, but it seemed too girly so we looked up male Norwegian names and decided on “Gunnar” instead.