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The Fjord Horse Breed
The Fjord Horse, also sometimes called the Norwegian Fjord horse, is a very short horse. However, just because they are short does not mean that they are not strong. In fact, they are a very strong breed of horse that comes from the mountainous regions in western Norway. Just to give you an idea of how short this horse is, Fjord horses are only about 13 to 14 hands high. Most horses stand about 16 hands high. However, it still weighs a lot because of its big build. In fact, this is a horse that can weigh anywhere from 880 pounds all the way up to 1210 pounds! Since they are so small, a lot of people tend to view Fjords as ponies, not horses. In fact, they fall just under the traditional cutoff for horses. Either way you look at it, Fjords are always considered horses and not ponies. Today we are going to learn a little bit more about Fjords, that way you know what to expect from them.
You many not know this, but Fjord horses are one of the oldest breeds in the world. In fact, they have been without cross breeding their whole life. They are a very pure breed, and that is an amazing thing in this day and age. A lot of people think that the ancestors of the Fjord breed actually migrated to Norway almost 3,000 years ago. From where they, of course, were domesticated. People say that they think that the horses, at one point, were bred by the Vikings, who used selective breeding on them about 2,000 years ago. Thus, the Vikings helped shape the horses that we know and love today. Most people are shocked at how strong the Fjord horse is after they see it. It's hard to think that a horse that is that small can be so strong. However, that is the joy of owning one of these horses. You never know what it is going to be able to do, because it is just such a strong and powerful horse. People search all over the world to own these horses, and it's easy to see why.
These horses are used for pulling heavy loads, but they are so much more than that. They are very capable of carrying a full grown adult around. This means that you can count on this horse for a number of things, which is what you want out of a horse. You want one that is muscular and that you can count on. If you can get a horse like that, then you are well on your way to having a horse that is well worth keeping. They have a very winning personality as well. This makes it an easy horse to want to pickup. If you think about it. It's hard to find a horse that is good at both work and being friendly. Most of the time, you will only find horses that can do one or the other. However, that is not what you will come to expect from these grand horses.