THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS
The Norwegian Fjords are one of the world's oldest and purest breeds. It is believed that the original Fjords migrated to Norway and was domesticated over 4,000 years ago. Herds of wild Fjord horses existed in Norway after the last ice age. Archaeological excavations at Viking burial sites indicate that they has been selectively bred for at least 2,000 years.
The charming, gentle disposition of the Fjord is its most outstanding quality. They are hardy, long lived, agile, sure-footed, and willing. They love attention, are "people oriented", and are happiest when they are working. They learn fast and have an amazing ability to retain what they have learned even after long periods of inactivity. Their cool temperament and graceful, balanced gaits both under saddle and in harness, make them the ideal family horse. They are used as schooling horses for the young and inexperienced, yet are large and powerful enough for adults to ride and enjoy. Many special needs riders have come to love their Norwegian Fjord horse that they ride weekly at therapeutic riding centers across the country.