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Norwegian Fjord Horse

Country of Origin: Norway

Norwegian Fjord Horse


Also called Fjord Horse, Norwegian Dun, Norwegian Pony, West Norway, West Norwegian, Westland & Northern Dun, the Norwegian Fjord is an ancient breed & one that retains many of it’s original characteristics.

Norwegian Fjord Horse


They come from Viking animals that were used as war mounts and for farm work. In fact, the Vikings were the first western European people to use the horse for agricultural work & their subsequent invasions of other areas helped to spread the practice. Most draft breeds of western Europe are thought to carry the blood of the Fjord horse.

Interestingly enough, their colors used to vary and it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that all crossbreeding stopped and a breed standard was formed & the bloodlines kept pure. Today this breed is one of the only domesticated breeds that is always dun and always displays primitive dun markings.


Average height 13 – 14.1 hands


Head is well-proportioned with a concave profile
Eyes are large & kind
Neck is short & muscular
Back can be slightly hollow
Mane is coarse and stands straight up for a few inches
Hindquarters are round and muscular
Legs are sturdy & short with light feathering at fetlocks
Hooves are black, hard & shapely

Traditional Colors

Always dun with primitive markings.


Exceptionally mellow
Trustworthy & wise

Norwegian Fjord Horse

Image from pmarkhan


Light agriculture
Farm horse
Pleasure mount
Show horse

Norwegian Fjord Products

Helpful Links

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Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry
Fjord National Studbook of Great Britain
Canadian Fjord Horse Association
Northeast Fjord Horse Association

Where to Buy

Bluebird Land Fjords
Norwegian Fjord Ponies
Field of Dreams Norwegian Fjord Horses
Beaver Dam Farm Fjords

Norwegian Fjord Studs

Willows Edge Farm
Deep Creek Farm
Miller’s Fjords


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Country of Origin: Norway | Colors:
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