The Fjord horse is an ancient breed with a distinct appearance. Originating from Norway, this horse differs from other breeds with its confirmation having a strong arched neck, sturdy legs, and great agility. With its hardy appliance, the Fjord was used by the Vikings in battle to agriculture work and by the Norwegian army as a pack horse.
This sturdy horse (most Fjords are considered horses regardless of height) stands on average between 13.1 and 14.3 hands with a natural long, heavy and thick mane. This is usually clipped into a distinctive crescent shape showing its dorsal stripe, standing proud from the neck making the Fjord unusual in its look in the herd of horse breeds. Their colouring is dun.
They have a reputation for generally good in temperament and extremely hard working. They can also display stubbornness and be very independent. Whereas other horses may spook, Fjords can simply take a few steps away from the cause of concern and have a think about it before deciding what to do next. This makes them brilliant riding ponies and are totally underestimated horses that should be more widely seen on the lanes and fields in the British countryside.
Fjords are pretty hardy and owners are lucky to have minimal vets bills. However, they can carry weight and if the breed is overfed you need to be careful and watch signs of laminitis and obesity. If Fjords weight is kept under control, they should give you an easy ride health wise! With regards to day to day care, they really provide value for money. With their Scandinavian genes, they can winter outdoors with ease and their food requirements are small. They thrive on affection and become easily bored or frustrated without regular human contact, so they need to be entertained through riding. Alternatively, they make excellent driving horses.
So if you are lucky enough to own a Fjord horse, please comment on this post and give them a shout out or let us know of any other facts we have missed out. They truly are a breed that is undervalued.
by Samantha Hobden