Furioso North Star or Mezohegyes horse, was first bred in Hungary in the 19th century.

In 1785 the Hapsburg Emperor Joseph 11 formed a Royal Stud at Mezohegees and this is where the breed began.

The horse breed derives its name from two English Thoroughbred stallions.

There were two primary stallions that are considered foundation sires of the breed.

The first was a Thoroughbred stallion named furioso, foaled in 1836.

The second was another Thoroughbred stallion, North Star (foaled 1844), who was imported from England in 1852.

Both stallions were crossed with local mares,Arab stock and possibly with horses of Norfolk Trotter descent.

Some crossbreeding with Nonius horses may also have occurred. Initially, the two bloodlines were kept separate, with the line used to produce riding horses and the North Star line producing driving horses, but the lines were merged in 1885 to produce the breed.

Furioso  horse picture

The height ranges from 15.2 – 16hh (1.55 – 1.63m).

Typical colours are dark brown, bay, liver chestnut and black.

The breed has a Thoroughbred type head, squared muzzle and large nostrils, hindquarters slope from croup, hocks are low and legs are strong.

Today it is considered a warmblood breed, noted as a breed with a sound, durable build capable of light farm work, yet with a refined appearance that reflects its Thoroughbred influence.

Once a popular breed in neighbouring Romania, where it is now said to be endangered there.

They are very versatile and used in many disciplines – harness, riding and racing.

Warmbloods are a group of middleweight horse types and breeds, primarily originating in Europe, registered with organizations that are characterized by open studbook policy, studbook selection, and the aim of breeding for equestrian sport.

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