The Gård (Swedish word for farm) is the place where we live with our animals. We Marco and Nicole with our two daughters Sterre and Yara. We live here together with the cat Syp and the dog Kate, a Lancashire Heeler.
Fields Sweden’s vision; is a way of development, to bring people and nature closer together.
You are welcome to get to know our animals and feel the interaction that develops.
Feel the rhythm of nature!
We hereby introduce the animals to you.
We start with the horses Tonaco and Kees. Tonaco is a KWPN gelding and he is chestnut colored. We bought Tonaco as a foal in the Netherlands, after years of running in competitions, he is now retired and we enjoy riding through the extensive forests. Kees is a brown Welsh Cob who moved to us in June 2018 to enjoy his retirement together with Tonaco. Two pensioners with a lot of experience, we learn from them every day.
How can you learn something from horses? Horses are very sensitive and live in the here and now. They also act on this. Horses mirror our emotions and also our behavior. By working with horses you gain insight into behavior and emotions. When you work with a horse, dare to ask yourself why the horse reacts the way it does? A horse is a herd animal and when you work with a horse you are part of that herd. In other words: what does the horse’s behavior say about your behavior and emotions?
Consciously or unconsciously, you gain new insights about your own behavior and emotions during interactions with animals. It brings you into an optimal environment to adapt on a personal level. An opportunity for self-reflection and finding the desired balance in your life.
Our horses run in a free, natural environment, which is divided into separate pastures. We encourage them to keep walking freely across these various meadows, according to their needs at the time. What are the main needs of herd animals such as horses?
- Social contact: as real herd animals, horses feel best when they are several;
- Leadership: each herd has a leader, who determines the course of the group in the animal kingdom;
- Safety: in the wild there is always danger, so the leader will have to ensure that the herd is safe;
- Movement: in the wild, long distances have to be walked to obtain food;
- Fiber-rich food: the stomach contents are fairly small in a horse. It takes a lot of little bits to fill the horse’s big body in a healthy way;
- Routine: horses are creatures of habit (just like people). So also for horses a certain amount of routine and regularity is important for the mood;
- Challenge: wild horses have many challenges every day, such as alertness to predators, physical obstacles they encounter in the forest, but also social cooperation.
Spring, summer, autumn and winter, during all seasons our horses are almost exclusively outdoors. In this way we approach “a life in the wild” as closely as possible. Of course we ensure that we meet all their needs and that they lack nothing. What does that look like in practice? Our horse stable is always accessible, the horses can walk in and out freely. From there the walking route starts to several small meadows. Each with its specific vegetation, alternating with forest and open plains. In winter, the horses and sheep all run together. Together they use the walk-in barn where they receive hay.
The horses do not wear iron shoes and are of course trimmed. This means that the feet are slightly grated when necessary. We also try to follow the natural wear process. The horse determines the position of the foot. Because we do not have much paved surface, we will have to help them to keep up with this. In short: we work animal friendly, in the middle of nature, close to the original conditions, with respect for animals and nature.
We have our sheep to eat the pastures bare, for the wool and the consumption of the meat. A small herd that started as a company for Tonaco has slowly grown into a mini herd. In the spring, lambs are born and the sheep are sheared. We will use the wool to make natural products. In the fall it is time to say goodbye to the young males and possibly “bad” females. The animals are slaughtered by a local butcher and the lamb is sold.
Sheep have many advantages, they are a very productive farm animal and also very sweet to deal with, but a big disadvantage is that they like to escape. They always see that the grass at the neighbors is greener than on their own land.
We bought the rabbits Tinkebel and Olaf for Sterre and Yara. Sterre wanted a female and Yara a male. Tinekebel and Olaf turned out to like each other very much and in an unguarded moment the rabbits “rode a horse”. Here on the farm a lot is learned about nature and soon the arrival of baby bunnies was a fact. This miracle of nature repeated itself again, so that we now own a very nice rabbit family, of which we can of course not give up. But be honest, what child doesn’t like cuddly rabbits?
Come to us and feel the positive energy! Away from the highway, back to nature and surrounded by animals. The environment, the tranquility, the fresh air and the interaction with the animals provide experiences that you will never forget. Give yourself time to ground again, think about meaning and just enjoy the simple things in life.
If you want to experience a life in the countryside, book a teepee now, and enjoy your time.