Finnhorse: This breed is also known as the finnish, a descendant of the northern European domestic horse it resembles such breeds as the Estonian Native, but its exact origin is uncertain.
The earliest known signs of this horse date back to the Bronze Age, and its recorded history is about a thousand years old. Widely bred throughout finland, the breed was used largely as a forestry horse. Today's Finnhorses are purebred and are used predominantly as a general purpose horse.
The heavier draft style of this breed have great pulling power and are able do light draft work. The lighter universal type excells in harness racing throughout scandinavia. They are very competitive in dressage, show jumping and eventing and are also used in endurance riding and combined driving.
There are few Finnish horses outside Finland, although they have been exported in small numbers they have never been popular in other countries. Although strongly built they are not known for their conformational beauty. Typically standing at 15-17 hands high, with the dominant color being chestnut. A flaxen mane and tail are preferred.
Other colors are bay and black and more rarely gray, roan, palomino or silver dapple. The Finnish Equestrian Federation was established in 1930. The studbook for Finnish Warmblood Horses (FWB) is rather small, a result of lack of cavalry useage that began around 1960. The most famous horse in the studbook is the stallion Matador II.
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