BY KIM KLIMEK
Norway’s sweetheart is
adored by equestrians
the world over.
The Norwegian Fjord Horse has a very distinctive look that always manages to turn heads. A creamy coat, dorsal stripe, and a strong build all let you know that you’re looking at a Fjord.
The dark, usually black, stripe running from forelock
to tail is often accentuated by trimming the mane to
stand upright, with the dark hair in the middle slightly
longer than the flaxen hair on either side.
Along with his striking looks, the Fjord has lured
many an equestrian with his endearing personality.
Believed to be domesticated more than 4,000 years
ago in the rugged, hilly Norwegian landscape, the
Fjord has had much time and selective breeding to
develop a level-headed, friendly temperament and
strong work ethic.
As a result, the Fjord horse is a calm, curious,
easy keeper that is sound and sturdy. Once used
by the Vikings for everything from fighting
in wars to farming, the Fjord is appreciated
today for riding, driving and
light draft work.