Fjord Horses

The Fjord horse (known in Norway as a fjording) is a rather short but very strong breed of horse from the mountainous regions of western Norway.

It ranges from 137 to 147 centimetres (approximately 13.2 to 14.2 hands) in height and weighs from 400 to 550 kilograms (about 882 to 1210 lb), which classifies it as a pony according to international rules (though it is always called a horse in Norway). This breed is one of the world’s oldest and purest breeds. It is believed that the ancestors of the Fjord horse migrated to Norway and were domesticated over 4,000 years ago.

Archeological excavations at Viking burial sites indicate the Fjord horse has been selectively bred for 2,000 years.

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