Horse Fjord: characteristics and price

Horse Fjord: characteristics and price

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The Fjord horse, a breed that is also bred in Italy even if it is not native to our parts as it is easy to imagine from its name. It's about animals robust and solid, versatile and docile, which are now also used to take children for a walk or in pet therapy as well as in other contexts. We just have to get to know them better starting from their rich history

Fjord horse: origins

They come from Country of the Fjords, Norway, and are widespread throughout Northern Europe where for centuries they have been used as tow animals, for example, both to transport wood from the woods and people from one village to another. Farmers also exploited power and solidity of the fjord horse to cultivate the fields with plows, and the hunters did the same to cover longer distances in their hunts. In the most uninhabited and wild areas a horse like the Fjord it also served as a deterrent for any wolves who, during a journey, might want to attack some schoolchildren or some family headed for Sunday mass.

As a breed it has undergone few external influences over time and has remained quite similar to itself for some time. In 1843 we witness the first attempt at organized breeding thanks to the Norwegian government who tried to bring a stallion and six mares, all with the sought-after "ulsblakk" coat, a Isabella very light cream. It was a failure because all the little foals were born with the defect of blue eyes and a bad vitality, linked to the mating of two subjects with the allele of the cream dilution in their genetic heritage. He straightened his sights in the following years by introducing other stallions of other Norwegian breeds to arrive at the breed standard that they could breed as Original Norwegian breed, in 1907.

THE Fjord horses they have always remained by the side of people without too many changes, maintaining their characteristics. It was only in 1941 that a restriction was introduced on stallions who had to be "approved" to cover the mares, to keep the purity of the breed intact and controlled. We find this horse very present in the life of the populations of Northern Europe, it is mentioned, told, depicted…. beloved. His docile and responsible character also helped.

Fjord horse: characteristics

This Norwegian horse has always been referred to as an animal you can rely on, docile, capable and affable. It is physically handsome, has a sturdy structure, is not very high and reaches a maximum height of 150 centimeters even if some females can stop at 135. Its head is small but elegant, with large and particularly expressive eyes while the ears are small and not very evident. The arched neck is powerful and very muscular and joins the head to the well directed shoulder. The withers are rather flat and rounded in shape, the chest is also broad and deep. Moving on to the rump, here too we find many muscles, up to the limbs that are not slender but classic of an animal that may be able to tow and carry weights without many problems. The shins are short, the joints well structured and the nails are black. Balzane are not allowed.

Fjord horse: cloak

The coat of this horse deserves a separate paragraph and is not necessarily the case with other breeds. The Fjord has a typical one that in Italy we identify with Isabella's name, name that explicitly refers to Queen Isabella the Catholic. This sovereign had a beautiful determined character and in order to push her husband to conquer Granada definitively she vowed not to change her shirt before her success. As you can imagine it took eight months and the shirt was nothing short of brown with some parts, the ends, entirely black.

THE Fjord horses they appear just like that, with yellow hair on the body and often zebra-striped ends and a very marked mulina line that starts from the tail and reaches the crest of the neck up to the tuft, called "eel". Speaking of the cloak we can also hear "The mark of Njal" to refer to spots that are present only on some specimens, brown colored, scattered on the body. In other cases, we can also find lighter areas of hair around the eyes, navel and nostrils, and a little also inside the limbs. In general, there are five shades for the coat of this breed, they are all different shades ranging from golden brown to light gold, always with dark gray ends.

Fjord horse: aptitudes and use

Used to the climate of Northern Europe, and centuries and centuries of work to relieve man from the great efforts, the Fjord proves to be able to face even the most difficult weather conditions with strong determination. He is able to cross even the most hostile territories and is an excellent mountain companion when necessary. It is a powerful animal and for this reason it is often used to do heavy work like plowing fields or dragging timber, at the same time it can be agile so it is also good for towing and horse riding, and for tourist transport in Norway. Today it is one of the best horses appreciated in schools horse riding both because of its physique and because of its mild character, not to mention its size, which is also very comfortable for teaching children

Fjord horse: character

These animals have a decidedly good nature, they are serene and calm, docile and used to relating to man, therefore tolerant. This also translates into a certain versatility so having a horse like this means having an animal that gives us a hand in the fields but that can also transport us and can be used for tourist activities or for competitions. He is also ready for anything when you need to change your pace because it is unexpectedly comfortable in many different ones such as the well-paused gallop and the smooth and regular trot.

Fjord horse: farms

To find a breeding of this breed it is advisable to move to its territories of origin because there is no lack of it, in Norway and also in the rest of the North. In Italy it is more difficult to find them because it is a breed that is not yet too widespread even if it is much loved.

You may also be interested in reading our article dedicated to all horse breeds with detailed cards for each breed.

Video: 13 Crazy Fjord Horse Facts (May 2022).