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horse breed 100 years
The Finnish “sisu” is not just an
attribute of people. The Finnhorse has plenty of it, too, say the
- We are in massive debt to the Finnhorse. If it wasn’t for
the Finnhorse we would be speaking Russian in Finland, says Jukka
Salonen, the president of Suomenhevosliitto, Finnhorse union, referring
to the Finnhorses in the wars.
The wars 1939-1945 are a significant part of the
history of not only Finnish people but also the native horse breed.
During the wars, tens of thousands of Finnhorses pulled the cannons,
delivered food and mail to the front and took the injured soldiers
As important as the past is, the 100th anniversary of the Finnhorse
studbook in 2007 is more focused on the present and the future.
- The future of the Finnhorse looks good at the moment. At some
point things were looking gloomier as the need for working horses
at farms ended so suddenly in the 1970s. If you look at the curve
representing the amount of horses at that time it is practically
vertical, says Päivi Laine, the director of the adult education
in the Equine college of Ypäjä.
In 1950 there were around 409 000 horses in Finland, most of them
Finnhorses. In the 1980s the numbers went down to as low as 14 000
Today there are approximately 19 500 Finnhorses in Finland.
- The history and the versatility of the Finnhorse makes it so unique
that it will always have special value to Finns, believes Suvi Louhelainen
who is the contact person of the project Finnhorse 100 years.
Jukka Salonen from the Finnhorse union says that the Finnhorse is
increasingly popular as a riding horse. It is mostly used for harness
- The Finnhorse either lives or dies with the harness racing. After
the depression in the early 1990s, the situation of the Finnhorse
has continuously worsened in the horse racing field as the use of
standardbreds has boomed, says Salonen.
It does not, however, look like the racing people would discard
the native breed altogether. The “Kuninkuusravit”, the
Finnhorse racing championships, is a proof of this. It’s an
event in which the “king” and “queen” of
Finnhorse trotters are crowned.
In 2002 the Kuninkuusravit brought 50 000 people to Kaustinen, a
small town of 4 000 inhabitants.
- The event is enchanting because people in the provinces know the
horses, says Jukka Salonen.
According to Päivi Laine, the horse racing industry has influenced
the development of the Finnhorse throughout the times, alongside
with agriculture. The state used to arrange races to which the farmers
took part in with their Finnhorses.
Finnhorses have succeeded even on world championship level in carriage
For someone seeking success in international riding arenas, however,
the Finnhorse is not the right breed. But it is increasingly popular
among recreational riders.
- The Finnhorse is an enduring, healthy breed that has been specifically
developed for the conditions in Finland. Also, its calm but persistent
character is highly suitable for recreational riding. The valuable
cultural history of the breed also contributes to its popularity.
As a sport horse the Finnhorse is long-lived, ponders Suvi Louhelainen
on the reasons for the breed’s success.
The historical uses of the Finnhorse made the breed sporty and mild
The Finnhorse is considerably lighter in build than any Central
European working horse breeds. This is due to its job in forestry.
The lumber was cut and collected from the forests in the winter
so the horse had to be light enough to work in deep snow. Also,
the horse had to have patience.
When the studbook was opened the horses were chosen to it by judging
their physical characteristics. If the horse had features considered
foreign, such as white colour, he was not accepted in the studbook.
According to Terttu Peltonen, The breeding director of Finnish Trotting
and Breeding Association Hippos, the Finnhorse looks pretty similar
today as it did 100 years ago. Since 1929 however, the emphasis
has been on performance.
- I doubt the horses that lived 100 years ago would pass today’s
requirements. As a trotter the record times for Finnhorses are nearly
20 seconds faster today.
The pedigree makes
all the difference
According to Päivi Laine of Ypäjä, it is of outmost
importance to know the pedigrees of the Finnhorse. Without this
knowledge it’s hard to choose the right horse for the task.
- Basically a Finnhorse is good for any equestrian sport but there
are enormous differences in type among family lines and individual
The build of a successful trotter is different from the one of a
good riding horse. A trotter needs speed, a riding horse three good
gaits – including a rolling canter which is rarely a trait
of a trotter.
Päivi Laine notes that the Finnhorse has always been intertwined
with the development of the Finnish society. The horse families
with characteristics unwanted at the time would vanish and others
blossom. One of the discontinued lines is by a stallion called Manu.
- It has been suggested that had women been riding when Manu influenced
the Finnhorse population, his family would have continued. His offspring
were extremely sensitive and light to ride but too speedy for farm
Most modern day Finnhorses have a stallion called Eri-Aaroni in
- Eri-Aaroni has produced the best trotter and riding horse lines.
And apparently he himself had all the characteristics we look for
in a Finnhorse. He had a pleasant temperament, he was beautiful
and had enormous trotting talent. Based on his build he looked like
he would have made a good riding horse, too, says Päivi Laine
text and pictures
More info on on the internet at www.suomenhevonen.info
(mostly in Finnish).
Finnhorse mares with their foals at the Ypäjä Equine College.
Tuulian Taika with her filly at Ypäjä Equine College. According
to Päivi Laine, the filly has a good working horse type.