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Caspians and Norwegian Fjords ~ The Super Models of Dowry Farms

November 17, 2011

I love how inspiration and ideas come from the strangest places and when you least expect it! This morning on WAGM-TV’s Facebook page (if you’re in central or northern Maine you know this station) they announced “This week’s ‘Facebook Fan Photo Of The Week Theme’ is Favorite Hair Styles!” I remembered when I had visited Dowry Farms in Houlton a few weeks ago, my niece, Jess, had told me she calls one of her Fjord horses her “Super Model” because of his gorgeous hair! Dowry Farms is the home to more than 40 Fjord and Caspian horses and I have to say, I thought they all looked like super models. Their hair styles came in every color, shape and style; long and sleek, short and spiky, frizzy with fly aways, and those ever stylish dreadlocks. Jess confessed that it’s probably just burdocks doing its magic but I thought it looked organic, crunchy and oh, so stylish.

Many were as friendly as my golden retriever, and some not too much bigger. I went into one of the pastures with 20 or more, and as I tried to photograph, they had their noses in my ears, my neck, nudging my arms and under my skirt! SO friendly and sweet! I think they may have been hitting on the photographer hoping to make “The Cover!” πŸ™‚

Caspian and Fjords, Maine, Aroostook county

Lots of Hair Styles

I was a little nervous for a minute when I kneeled down to take a low photo and one of the smaller Caspians put his hoof on my shoulder. All of these beautiful horses have names, and Jess knows every one, and who its mother is, and when it was born, etc.. These animals on Dowry Farms are loved and adored. And by all indications, they love Jess and her family right back.

Fjord, Maine, Aroostook County, horse, photography

Jess with her Fjord Super Model

Maine/ Norwegian Fjord

Getting some love

Horses in Maine, Aroostook County

Norwegian Fjords

I asked Jess to give me a little background on these intriguing breeds of horses and how she came to have them on Dowry Farms. This is what she had to say about the beautiful light-colored Norwegian Fjord.

“Anyone who has ever owned a Norwegian Fjord can tell you about the look of confusion on their friend’s faces as they listen to the latest pony story. The listener is often convinced that the story is really about an oversized Golden Retriever! They can’t really comprehend it until they spend some quality time with a Fjord themselves. It’s easy to enjoy spending time with a horse that actually looks forward to spending time with you.

At Dowry Farms we’ve been breeding Norwegian Fjords since the turn of the century. We selectively breed for the athletic conformation that makes this breed so versatile. The idea of a horse or pony that can win a dressage competition and then go home and pull the winter’s firewood out of the forest or plow up the 3 acre truck garden is very appealing to me.”

Maine / Norwegian Fjord, photography, Aroostook County

Norwegian Fjord

Norwegian Fjords in Aroostook County, Maine, photography

Here they come!

Fjord in Maine, photography, horses

James and the Magical Norwegian Fjord

And about the adorable, small, friendly Caspians….

” Though small in stature, the Caspian is very much a horse. I’ve read the equivalent of this statement in several books but I couldnt’ really appreciate it until I had the chance to interact with them myself. Sure, they look like a scaled down version of a full size horse but they also move and act like a horse. Because of their size you prepare yourself for a pony mentality, but you won’t get it. The stallions and geldings are proud and brave. The mares are proud and protective. They are beautiful animals.

Here at Dowry Farms our Aroostook Caspian Stud keeps horses that represent 17 of the foundation bloodlines. We have been working with Cornell University to ensure that this breed has a strong future.”

Caspian horse in Aroostook County, Maine, photography

Luke, a Caspian

Caspian horses in Maine, photography

Caspians in the Pasture

Maine, horse, photography

Caspian portrait

These beautiful, funny and friendly horses were wonderful to photograph and to just spend time with. If you, or anyone you know would like more information about the Caspians and Norwegian Fjords at Dowry Farms in Houlton, Maine, I am sure Jess would love to answer any questions. Her email is:

And one last majestic Caspian…..Tall, proud and beautiful super model! Don’t they have the most romantic names….Caspians and Norwegian Fjords.


White Caspian horse, Houlton, maine, Dowry Farms

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Paula permalink
    November 17, 2011 11:56 am

    just beautiful, gorgeous shots Nanette…true talent…that would be the kind of horse I would want if they are truly like goldens! Love the way you made this kind of be about hair styles and horses! Sweet

  2. November 17, 2011 12:43 pm

    These horses are beautiful and you captured their spirit perfectly! I love the Caspian portrait shot and the two eating grass nose to nose.

    • November 17, 2011 9:06 pm

      Thanks for sharing which shots are your favorites, Anne! There were so many to pick from and I didn’t want to leave “anyone” out!

  3. Meg permalink
    November 17, 2011 1:45 pm

    I love it, Nan!! These are so beautiful. Jess will love it!

    • November 17, 2011 9:08 pm

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Meg! I hope she likes it! She’s spent the day with the horses, of course, so hasn’t had access to the internet! πŸ™‚

  4. Louise permalink
    November 17, 2011 2:27 pm

    Excellent captures ! Great shots Nanette, congratulations !

    • November 17, 2011 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Louise! I was pretty happy with the captures! Horses are not easy to photograph as you probably know!

  5. Darla Dee permalink
    November 17, 2011 10:36 pm

    As you know, I’m a little afraid of horses but your photos made them look friendly and fun. I like the playful, easy going, and sweet tone to your photographs. They really did come across as huge golden retrievers!

    • November 17, 2011 11:25 pm

      So happy the playful, sweet tone of these animals came through in my images! Thanks, as always, for leaving me some love on my blog!

  6. November 18, 2011 1:56 am

    Nice pictures!! You should do this for a living.

  7. erin mcgillicuddy permalink
    November 19, 2011 12:46 am

    nan…what does jess do with them all? sell? Im curious how in the world how this all started for her in houlton maine. the horses look like I could have a shot of havong a horse for a friend. there has never been a time my whole life that a horse didnt try to throw me from its back they just dont like me! great shots

    • November 21, 2011 2:58 am

      Yes, Erin, she breeds and sells them. I been thrown too and was a little apprehensive with them at first but they really grew on me. So friendly and gentle..

  8. November 21, 2011 9:36 pm

    Love these photos!

  9. Jessica permalink
    December 5, 2011 5:58 pm

    Dear Nan! I have been trying to view this on my Blackberry but it just wasn’t coming through. The whole family has been raving about these photos and today I finally got to see them on a screen! These pictures are some of the most beautiful horse shots that I’ve ever seen – and they’re of my babies! We have been doing some natural horsemanship classes with some teenage girls these last few weeks and these pictures give me the same excited, proud, warm and fuzzy feelings that I get when I see those girls working with and “loving up” my horses. I can’t thank you enough for showing me this operation from another’s perspective and all of your support. Love you!

  10. December 29, 2011 12:49 am

    Dear Jess, I am so pleased you like the photos! That means so much to me! And yes…they are all your babies! I would be happy to photograph these gorgeous animals for you anytime! Love you too!

  11. Sandra permalink
    December 5, 2014 11:17 am

    wow absolutely beautiful photos!

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