The Fjord horse
or Norwegian Fjord Horse
is a relatively small but very strong horse breed
from the mountainous regions of Western Norway
. It is an agile breed of light draft horse
build. All Fjord horses are dun
in color, with five variations in shade recognized by their breed registries
. One of the world's oldest breeds, it has been used for hundreds of years as a farm horse
in Norway, and in modern times is popular for its generally good temperament. It is used both as a harness horse
and under saddle.
The Fjord horse has a distinct appearance. The breed's conformation
differs from many other breeds in that it is a blend of draft horse
muscling and bone, with smaller size and greater agility. It has a strong, arched neck, sturdy legs and good feet, and a compact, muscular body. The head is medium sized and well defined with a broad, flat forehead and a straight or slightly dished face, with small ears and large eyes. Despite its small size, the breed is fully capable of carrying an adult human and pulling heavy loads. The hair coat becomes particularly heavy and thick in the winter.
The natural mane
is long, thick, and heavy, but is usually clipped in a distinctive crescent shape to between five to ten centimeters (two to four inches) so that it stands straight up and emphasizes the shape of the neck., published by Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry. Web site accessed... Read More