Facts About Fjord Horses

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The Norwegian Fjord horse has a strong resemblance to the  Przewalski’s horse, also known as the Asiatic wild horse from the Ice Age.

Fact 1. The Norwegian Fjord horse possesses its ancestor’s Asiatic vigor and a uniform dun coat color. An eel stripe running from the forelock to the tip of the tail is found on the coat.

Fact 2.  The Fjord horse used to be utilized as a pack horse for ploughing as it is physically hardy and can function on a modest diet.

Fact 3. Fjord horses are successful throughout the world in driving competitions as their stamina and courage are positive assets for long-distance riding.

Fact 4.  The Norwegian Fjord horse is one of the oldest and purest breeds of horses in the world. The original Fjord horse migrated to Norway and was domesticated in Norway an estimated 4,000 years ago.

Fact 5.  As an integral part of Norwegian life, Norway has been declared as the motherland for the Fjord horses.

Fact 6. Throughout Norway’s history, the Fjord horse has been used extensively on farms on the steep fjord of Western Norway.

Fact 7. The role of the Fjord horse has shifted from that of agriculture to leisure activities such as riding, driving, and touring.

Fact 8.  During the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994, Fjord horses were used to drive competitors and celebrities to different events.

Fact 9. The Fjord horse is regarded as a Norwegian national symbol. As the motherland for the Fjord horse, Norway is responsible for preserving and developing the breed.

Fact 10. The typical Norwegian description of the Fjord horse is ‘œgot mote’ which translates as a horse should have a nice and pleasant demeanor.

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