The Norwegian Fjord horse is typically between 13.2 – 14.2 hands tall.
- Brown dun
- Occasionally red dun
- Uls dun
- Yellow dun
Fjords are almost always brown dun in color. These horses retain the “primitive” markings of their wild ancestors: a black dorsal stripe that runs from the forelock to the tail, and zebra striping on the legs. The Fjord’s mane is very characteristic; the center hair is black and the outer hair is white. The mane is usually cut short and trimmed in a crescent shape to emphasize the curve of the neck and the coloring of the mane.
The Fjord should have a refined head and a straight or slightly dished face. The eyes should be large, the ears small and alert. The neck should be crested and well muscled. The Fjord’s body should be short coupled and it should have well-developed muscles. The legs should have substantial bone and the feet should be black.
Hardy, loving, willing, great family horse
Members of this breed often excel in the following disciplines:
- Show / Pleasure
The Norwegian Fjord is believed to be one of the oldest and purest breeds. It is said that Fjord horses migrated to Norway more than 4,000 years ago, and evidence exists that suggests wild Fjords lived in Norway after the last ice age. Fjords have probably been selectively bred for at least 2,000 years.