The Icelandic Animal Welfare Association (IAWA; www.dyravernd.is) held a forum this fall which had the theme ,,The positive effects animals have on humans‘‘. The forum was well attended and results was that animals have very good effects on human health, both physical and mental.
More and more people that are lonely and isolated are keeping pets which has positive effects on their lives. The Red Cross in Iceland has recognized these effects, but they have volunteers who visit people that live alone, taking their dogs with them which has been going very well.
People that dwell at the nursing homes Ás and Mörk can have pets in their apartments and employess can bring their pets with them to work as well which is uncommon in our society. Both supervisors and relatives say that the animals are very important to the dwellers – it‘s a precious friendship. Our society is slowly recognizing the positive effects that animals have on people and seems to be letting go of prejudice, the animals are our companions and friends.
Those of us that keep pets and farmers that take good care of their animals know this well and do not need to hear this. But of course it‘s good know that researches have shown that people tend to life longer, are less lonely and less depressed, have more social interactions, lower blood pressure and less heart problems – and feel less stressed – all because of the effects of animals.
At the forum were four speakers, Margrét Björk Sigurðardóttir, specialist in animal behavior, Kristján Oddsson farmer, Valgerður Valgarðsdóttir from Dýrahjálp Íslands and Dagmar Vala Hjörleifsdóttir veterinarian. Around 30 people attended and it was is surely precious for IAWA to have this event where animals friends could meet to have a heartfelt conversations about positive effects of animals.
article translation, Linda Karen Gunnarsdóttir
In all we only had four mares we could try for the Landsmót, Last summer at Hella.
Others were sold.
We had good success, all of the mares were qualified.
Two mares: Unun and Rebekka ended in a reward ceremony,
Unun with the score of: 8,45 and Rebekka received: 8,39
The remaining two mares ended in the Premium presentation.
This event was for breeding horses with two, or more 9,0 in their
Ride ability score.
Töru-Glóð with 9,0 for tölt and 9,5 for general impression. Töru-Glóð has 9,0 for neck and shoulders.
Náttfríður 9,0 for both tölt, and general impression. Also has 9,5 for neck and shoulders.
So the average score for our mares at the Landsmót was:
But after the summer, 8,29 for Náttfríður a score from the spring:
average score: 8,35 for our mares, not bad :)
We do wish some of the mares we have sold had been in our ownership, and that we have had the chance to try them out for the Landsmót also, but at a breeding farm, we have to sell horses