The Norwegian Fjord horse is an ancient breed from Norway.
It has similar features to Przewalskis or Asiatic Wild pony.
The Norwegian horse is dun in colour with a dorsal eel stripe running down the centre of its back to the tip of its tail.
Sometimes Zebra stripes can be seen or bar markings on its legs, which is unusual.
The breed standard recognises five shade variations.
These shades have been officially recognized in Norway since 1922.
The most common is "brown dun"
The body colur is a pale yellow-brown, and can vary from cream to almost a light chestnut.
The red dun has a pale golden body colour.
Primitive markings are red or red-brownish, always darker than the color of the body, but never black.
The rest of the mane and tail is usually cream, though on some individuals the entire mane and tail may be white.
Like red duns in other breeds, this shade is produced by the dun factor diluting a genetic chestnut base colour.
The "grey" has a grey body; the shade can vary from light silver to dark slate grey, with primitive markings being dark grey or black.
The remainder of the mane, tail and forelock are a lighter grey than the body colour, and can be very pale.
The white dun or uls dun (ulsblakk) has a near-white body colour, with primitive markings being black or grey.
The rest of the mane and tail are lighter than the body colour.
The yellow dun is the rarest colour of Fjord horses.
It is a red dun with an additional dilution factor that makes the body a light cream color.
This is also due to the cream gene.
The forelock, mane and tail can be completely white, and primitive markings can be indistinct.
The Norwegian fjord horse has a very distinctive mane, which is dark in the centre, and the outer edges are lighter being silvery white.
It is an ancient tradition to hog the mane (cut it off) but in a certain way so that it stands up in a long curve.
To do this the centre of the mane must stand higher than the lighter mane.
The pony stands around 13 – 14.2hh (1.33 – 1.48m).
The breed is renowned for its sure-footedness, stamina and its ability to work in severe weather conditions and very hard terrain.
The breed is strong enough for heavy work, such as ploughing fields or pulling timber, yet light and agile enough to be a good riding and driving horse.
They are also surefooted in the mountains.
Today, they are used in Norwegian riding and therapeutic schools, as its generally mild temperament and small size make it suitable for children and disabled individuals.
They are also used as a sport horse, particularly in combined driving and used for tourist transport in Norway.
They are used under saddle, harness work and as a pack pony.