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Horse Breeds: North American Single Footing Horse, North Swedish Horse, Northeastern, Norwegian Fjord, Ob, Oldenburg

Jul 10, 2008

The Single-footing horse is unique because it developed and bred it's own horses for trail riding qualities,whether that be for pleasure trail,working trail or competition trail. Single-Footing horse is a light breed, very attractive appearance and offers a smooth ride. They have an evenly timed intermediate gait of four beats; resulting in a comfortable ride whether you are moving 5 miles an hour or 20. Some of the horses of the breed are ablet o perform various other smooth riding gaits, also.

other qualities the Single-Footing horse are known for include their endurance, willingness and desire to work, and they are tractable. They come in all sizes and colors. Because of the breeds versatility, the Association has an extensive reward program for over 50 categories that the breed can win awards in over 5 Divisions. The association rewards the horses for their abilities rather than penalize for their inabilities.


Used as a farm workhorse and a heavy draft, the North swedish Horse originated in Sweden. It comes from the same origins as the Dole horse from Norway, which is to descend from the native Scandinavian horse breed.

North Swedish Horses are medium in size and coldblood. The mares average 15 hands while the stallions grow a bit bigger to about 15.2 hands. They have large amounts of energy, a long life span, are duable and have stamina.

North Swedish horses may be brown or yellowish black, chesnut, palomino, smokhy or grey. Markings are allowed on both their legs and head. The breed actually consists of two different types including the trotter and the draft horse. In some cases, the two types were combine din order to create a fast trotting horse that was light weight for use in racing, and a heavy horse that could hold it's own in competition against the Belgian breed.

Compared to the amount of work these horses are capable of, they require very litlte feed. Disease is rare in North Swedish horses.


A light horse breed that was developed in the beginning of the sixteenth century in Brazil, the Northeastern was dveloped primarily from Portuguese stock. About 40% of the breed is dark bay colored, with the rest divided between gray, light bay or sorrel.


Norway's oldest breed of horse, the Norwegian Fjord has been selectively bred within Norway for over 2,000 years.

Vikings used Norwegian Fjord horses during wars and they are thought to be the first horses used for farming in western Europe. Many believe that the present draft style horses in Western Europe have all descended from Norwegian Fjord horses.

Norwegian government controls all horse breeding in Norway and only champion stocks can be exported. There are registries for Norwegian Fjord in Canada, the United States, Britain, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.

Distinguishing characteristics of the Norwegian Fjord include their dependability and calm and gentle temperatments. They don't requir restraining and will stay in the pastures they are put in. Easy to break and never require retraining even if they are rarely used.

Most horses of the Norwegian Fjord breed are dun-colored and look quite identical. All have dark dorsal stripes and stand about 13-14 hands tall.

Norwegian Fjord can use saddles or harnesses, can be ridden both English and Western, used for hunting, parades or driven in shows. They are great family horses.


A draft pony from the North Russian Pony group, the Ob is an extremely rare breed found in Russia.


Oldenburg horses are among the top lines of German horses. Oldenburg horses were originally developed in order to pull carriages, and contains a wide variety of breed bloodlines, includingSpanish, Barb and Neopolitan, as well as Hannoverian and thoroughbred. The earliest horses of the breed were known for their shiny black color and kind character, as well as their willingness to wear a saddle or pull a carriage.

Today's Oldenburg horses are primarily used for show jumping and dressage, occasional driving, and for saddle riding. As the need for carriage horses declined at the invention of the automobile, Oldenburg horses were bred to be all purpose saddle horses, with elegance and refinement that came as a result from breeding with additional Thoroughbred bloodlines.

Oldenburg horses are developed by private breeders under teh Oldenburg Breeding Society, and are a result of breeding from all of the best European horse bloodlines. For approval for breeding, the Oldenburg's must undergo extensive certification and examinations.

The oldenburg breed is a well-bred, compact horse having short legs and powerful hindquarters. the neck is long and strong, coming from the days when the breed was used to pull carriages, and they are found in brown, gray or black colors.
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