The Fjord

Balamut, an original Fjord stallion
born 1948 out of original parents,
height 15' 0.5, weight 1014 pounds

       The Fjord horse was bred in the fjords region of northern Norway, and is around 13 to 14 hands in height, usually “buckskin” or mouse like gray in color with a dark stripe through the center of his back, round build, wide in the chest, “dry” and short legs, relatively long head with a long, high set neck on which the stallions collect large layers of fat. The mane is clipped short while the forelock is left long and rich. These little, tough, hardy and quick horses were used to pull a little carts and were the only means of transportation in the remote regions without roads. The type of the Fjord was widely spread throughout the Scandinavian peninsula, but today he remains mostly on the Western part on the Swedish island Gotland. The Fjord shows obvious mixing of the western horse blood, more likely the Belgian.

Translated by Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a. Lee Stanek from the 1953 Special Zoo-Technique - Breeding of Horses
Published in 1953 by the Czechoslovakian Academy of Agricultural Science and certified by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Written by: MVDr Ludvik Ambroz, Frabtisek Bilek, MVDr Karel Blazek, Ing. Jaromir Dusek, Ing. Karel Hartman, Hanus Keil, pro. MVDr Emanuel Kral, Karel Kloubek, Ing. Dr. Frantisek Lerche, Ing. Dr Vaclav Michal, Ing. Dr Zdenek Munki, Ing. Vladimir Mueller, MVDr Julius Penicka, pro. MVDr Emil Pribyl, MVDr Lev Richter, prof. Ing. Dr Josef Rechta, MVDr Karel Sejkora and Ing. Dr Jindrich Steinitz.