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Fjord Horses for sale

The stocky little horses of Norway are known as Fjords and are some of the world’s most unusual equines. They may be descendants of the prehistoric horses that appear in rock art there from Neolithic times onward. However, the breed itself was not formally established until the 20th century and has changed over time, particularly in its coat colouring. Deciding to buy a Fjord horse is a great option for horse lovers who want a companion that loves human company, as this is one of the features of the breed. Quirky and lovable, these pony-sized equines are also some of the most hard-working horses around, as anyone planning to sell a Fjord horse knows.

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Fjord Horses, Mare, 4 years, 14.1 hh, Dun
F: GOLF GUDENÅ EFJH-S710DK
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Fjord Horses, Mare, 3 years, 13.3 hh, Dun
F: GOLF GUDENÅ EFJH-S710DK | MF: TORBEN LGKS
Leisure - Dressage - Eventing - Trail
DE-86559
Adelzhausen
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Fjord Horses Mix, Gelding, 4 years, 13.2 hh, Dun Leisure
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DE-94137
Bayerbach
€4,900
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Fjord Horses Mix, Gelding, 6 years, 14.1 hh, Dun
F: NORWEGER
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DE-37247
Großalmerode
€6,500
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Fjord Horses, Mare, 4 years, 14.1 hh, Dun
F: GOLF GUDENÅ EFJH-S710DK
Leisure - Dressage - Jumping - Breeding
Landgut Kemper und Schlomski
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Fjord Horses, Stallion, 8 years, 14.1 hh, Dun
F: VALØR HALSNÆS | MF: EMINENT HALSNÆS
Mating - Dressage - Driving - Jumping
Landgut Kemper und Schlomski
DE-01825
Liebstadt
€10,000 to €15,000
price range ~£8,521 to £12,781
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Fjord Horses, Stallion, 7 years, 14.2 hh, Dun
F: VEH VALØR HALSNÆS | MF: VEH DYLAN
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Landgut Kemper und Schlomski
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Fjord Horses, Gelding, 7 years, 14.1 hh, Dun Dressage - Leisure - Jumping - Western
DE-67346
Speyer
€9,500
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Fjord Horses, Stallion, Foal (04/2021), Dun
F: GERBEN | MF: REINAR
Leisure - Driving - Eventing - Western
DE-94256
Drachselsried
€2,500
~ £2,130 ONO
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Fjord Horses, Mare, Foal (03/2021), 14.1 hh, Dun
F: KALUSHA | MF: SJÖLV
Driving - Leisure - Breeding
DE-01896
Lichtenberg
€3,000
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Fjord Horses, Gelding, 4 years Dressage - Driving - Leisure
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beek en donk
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~£4,260 to £8,521
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Fjord Horses, Stallion, 1 year, Dun
F: CATAGO | MF: SOLBJOR BORKEN
Leisure - Dressage - Driving
DE-19249
LANGENHEIDE
€3,500
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Fjord Horses, Stallion, Foal (03/2021), 14.1 hh, Dun
F: TROLLFIN | MF: STORM SKOVÅ
Leisure - Dressage - Driving - Breeding
DE-25693
St.Michaelisdonn
€3,000
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Fjord Horses, Mare, 13 years, 13.2 hh, Dun
F: KARANT | MF: BALONY
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DE-21244
Buchholz in der Nordheide
€3,100
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Use and characteristics of the Fjord Horse

In their homeland, there are two different types of Fjord horse. The fjord-hest comes from the fjord coasts of Norway and is possibly the more ancient of the two. The doele-hest comes from inland and was originally raised in the more fertile valleys. When considering whether to buy a Fjord horse, it’s useful to know that modern Fjords breed very true to type. They are easily recognised by their stocky conformation, pale cream or dun coats and the dorsal stripe that runs from the tail to the forelock. These features are key reference points for those who sell a Fjord horse. In height, Fjords range from 13 hands (52 inches/132 cm) to 14.1 hands (57 inches/145 cm) high, and they are sure-footed, hardy and extremely strong. One interesting characteristic of the breed is that the mane tends to stand up rather than grow over, and trimming the mane produces a beautiful curving crest with a black line in it. This cut seems to have been popular since the days of the Vikings. Sometimes the legs of the ponies have zebra markings.

Origin and history of breeding Fjord Horses

The appearance of the Fjord horse suggests that it has retained many characteristics from ancient times. It is seen as one of the antique types of Eurasian horse, along with Exmoor ponies and Przewalski’s horses (also known as Takis). Experts are confident that the ancestors of Fjord horses were ridden by Norse warriors as well as used for draught and in agriculture. Since most of Europe used exclusively oxen for ploughing, using these stocky little horses to plough the land was one of the distinguishing features of the Vikings when they raided and settled other areas. This tradition may well have been the start of the use of draught horses in agriculture and it’s possible that all European draught horses have Fjord ancestry. The medium to long backs of the Fjords made them good for pack work, too. They were easy to keep and got on well with humans, so they became indispensable on Norwegian farms and smallholdings, and popular throughout Scandinavia. They were also used in a traditional Norwegian vehicle called a cariole, which seats one person with a groom's seat behind. Prior to the establishment of a breeding programme in the 1880s, Fjords could be brown, bay, and other colours, though now their coats are almost exclusively dun and cream in five variations.

Fjord Horses in equestrianism

Small, strong and versatile, Fjords are ideal work horses for tough terrain such as upland areas. Today they are still used in forestry and on smallholdings, where their hardiness and thriftiness are also a boon. They are also very popular riding horses, particularly in trekking centres. Fjords have proved successful as ponies for vaulting and as therapy ponies, too.

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