Character and suitability
The phasing out the of the horse from farming round about the end of the 1960’s caused a rapid decrease in the population of the breeding-stock in Germany. But on the other hand, this allowed the Fjord horse the transition from a small working horse to a leisure horse.
Due to their motivation and their pleasant character, Fjord horses are well qualified riding-horses as well as driving-horses. Being robust and equipped with natural instincts, they are sure-footed, persistent and committed. Therefore, the Fjord horse suits the needs which are expected from a leisure-horse which is versatile and can be kept in outdoor-rearing exceedingly.
In addition to the attractive exterior, it is also the specific intrinsic values, which cause the selection of precisely this breed of robust horses.
Like all ponies, the Fjord horses belong to the late bloomers which are not fully grown until they are 4 or 5 years old. This has to be taken into consideration when it comes to break in a horse or start driving it. A proper basic education is essential, so that the adult Fjord horse can show its much appreciated abilities. As an all-round horse, the Fjord horse is higly valued by young and old people in equal measure. Fjord horses are downright even-tempered and pleasant in handling but at the same time full of energy, endurance and spiritedness in every situation in outside riding.
The Fjord horse has also shown its abilities in all disciplines of the sportive sector during the last years. Based on their natural instincts, their endurance and sure-footedness, Fjord horses are ideal companions for long horseback safaris as well as for sportive trail- and long-distance tests. Most Fjord horses can jump 125 cm without any problems.
Another upswing was to be seen in driving Fjord horses, especially in the past few years. No matter if dressage-, obstacle- or country-driving, Fjord horses are found, even in championships, on the foremost places.
Due to their pleasant character and their descent size, Fjord horses are well qualified for therapeutic riding as well.
(Translation: Sören Frenzel)
Das Fjordpferd – so sieht es aus…
Die häufigste ist Braunfalbe. Des weiteren gibt es Graufalbe , Rotfalbe und – seltener – Hellfalbe und Gelbfalbe.
Dazu kommen noch die überaus aparten, unterschiedlich ausgeprägten Zebrastreifen an den Beinen, die bei jedem Pferd verschieden sind. Das Maul ist sehr häufig weiß gefärbt, man nennt das Milch- oder auch Mehlmaul.
Weiße Abzeichen sind bei Fjordpferden nicht erwünscht, bei Stuten und Wallachen wird aber ein kleiner Stern akzeptiert. Die frühere Behauptung, weiße Abzeichen an den Beinen seien ein Zeichen für nicht reinrassige Pferde, gilt heute als überholt.
Quelle: Interessengemeinschaft Fjordpferd e.V.