Known By: Finnish Universal Horse
A descendant of the northern European domestic horse, the Finnhorse belongs
to the general horse breeds, having both warmblood and heavier draft blood
influence. The breed is also called the Finnish Universal because it is
said to fulfill all needs for horses in Finland from draft to speedy trotting
races to riding.
Having a compliant nature the Finnhorse is easily handled, has considerable
speed, liveliness, endurance, and longevity. It is dry and strongly muscled,
with hard legs and good hooves. The main color is chestnut with white markings
often found on the face and legs. Other colors are bay, grey, and more
rarely brown or black.
Trotting is popular in Finland. In races, about 40 percent of the starts
are for Finnhorses. Having speed, a well-balanced trot, endurance and eagerness
for victory makes the Finnhorse a good trotting horse. It has its own special
position as a sport horse.
The Finnhorse is an excellent mount in riding schools, for both young and
adult riders being calm, patient and lively. In riding competitions the
Finnhorse has had its best success in show jumping, but the breed also
does well in dressage. The Finnhorse is truly a universal horse.
Hendricks, Bonnie L., International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds,
Univ of Oklahoma Press, 1995
Saara Pasanen, Muurla, Finland
Eija Valkonen & Laura Valkonen, Finland
Updated May 2, 1997