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June Pelo
09-03-07, 23:14
THE WORLD'S MOST VERSATILE HORSE BREED

The Finnish horse is the only domestic breed in Finland. The number of Finnish horses has diminished and today there are only about 19,500 of these in Finland. The majority of them are used as race horses, a few as workhorses and about 2000-3000 for riding.

The Finnish horse is one of the few universal breeds in the world. The Finnish horse is the worlds fastest coldblooded race horse. In proportion to its size, it can pull heavier loads than bigger working horses and it is a versitile riding horse that can be used for training, jumping, field competition, distance riding, and team runs. The best Finnish horses have competed in mediocre training-jump-and field classes. The Finnish horse is, in addition, a distinguished family- and riding-school horse.

Pure breeding with the Finnish horse has been going on since 1907. Nowadays the breeding involves four types: race horses (J), working horses (T) riding horses (R) and a pony type horse (P). The mane height of the Finnish horse is about 156 cm. The horse is compact with good legs. Race- and riding-type horses are rectangular, as the working horse type is deeper in the trunk. The most common color is bay, often with a light mane and tail, but there are also different brown and black Finnish horses. The Finnish horses are cooperative, brisk and longlived.

Finnish horses are raised in Finland but some also in Germany and Sweden. The pedigree is kept by the Finska Hippos rf ( Finnish Hippos rf). Suomenratsut (Finnish riders) is an association that wants to save the Finnish horse by increasing its use at a riding horse. For more information go to: http://www.hevosopisto.fi

Norden Newspaper, 22 Feb 2007

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