A young Norwegian woman and an eye catching Icelandic horse. This is Mathilde and Baldur. The Facebook group Equestrian Bloggers has a fun exercise of getting equestrian bloggers to review each others blogs. Mathilde Kvernland of Mathilde and Baldur was the instigator of this and she generated a random assignment of bloggers and blogs. I was lucky! I was assigned her blog website Mathilde and Baldur.
This is a very nicely laid out site and is quite easy to navigate. At the top of the home page I can find information about Mathilde and about Baldur as well as competition results, contact information and a FAQ section. All of these sections have the information filled in. There is nothing I find more frustrating that clicking on an “About” section and finding just the standard Word Press photo and message and nothing about the person writing the blog posts. Another pet peeve of mine is seeing “This is a text widget” at the side of a page. Either put a widget there or get rid of it. Not completing the pages to me indicates a lack of commitment to the blog site. Mathilde and Baldur has none of that and is easy to navigate and full of good information.
The blog posts are about Mathilde and Baldur’s training, and experiences together. There are also posts with product reviews, visits from the farrier, the chiropractor and the vet. Mathilde is very honest about their training and their progress or frustrations. And the photos……stunning! Absolutely stunning. They really add a touch of class to this blog website.
Here is a photo of Baldur doing a fast tolt. This is a trot like gait that is particular to the Icelandic horses . It is comfortable and covers a lot of ground.
Here are photos from a time Mathilde took Baldur for some fun in the water.
Overall I would say this is a very good quality blog site. My only suggestion would be to perhaps give more explanation to those of us who are not familiar with the Icelandic’s gaits, what is involved in the levels of competition and perhaps a sentence or two more to introduce the clinician Stian Pedersen to the rest of the world who may not know him.
This blog site also had very good videos so you can see Mathilde riding and even some Go Pro video!
This horse and rider have a lovely story together and I am not going to tell you any more about them. I suggest you take a look at the site. Here is a link.