Friday, January 23, 2015

CAMERA CRITTERS, SATURDAY'S CRITTERS AND MOSAIC MONDAY


Norwegian Fjord Horses


We found these beautiful horses while heading towards Drangedal in June 2014.  

Here are maps showing where Drangedal is located....


and a closer one.


The following shows our route.  We were staying in Oslo.  It took us a little over four hours with the stops we made.  We could have taken a shorter southern route but Gregg realized when planning his route that we would be able to drive through the town where my sister and her family lived for a few years.  My son and I visited it once years ago but I couldn't really remember much of the town.  However, it was nice to see it again.


It is a beautiful country and wherever we went we were impressed with the incredible scenery, and were thrilled to meet these lovely horses. 





The two larger horses were friendly and walked right up to the fence when we stopped the car to take a closer look.  I expect they were hoping for a treat but sorry to say we didn't have any apples or carrots with us.



The smaller, darker horse was a little more reticent.  He stayed right where he was.....


but I got a pretty good close-up of him.  Such a sweet little horse.  I am not actually sure if he is a Fjord Horse or some other breed.  


You can read all about Fjord Horses here.  It reads in part, "The Fjord horse or Norwegian Fjord Horse is a relatively small but very strong horse breed from the mountainous regions of Western Norway.  It is an agile breed of light draught horse build.  All Fjord horses are dun in color, with five variations in shade recognized in the breed standard.  One of the world's oldest breeds, it has been used for hundreds of years as a farm horse in Norway, and in modern times is popular for its generally good temperament. It is used both as a harness horse and under saddle. (Dun means it has the dun gene which is a dilution gene that affects both red and black pigments in the coat color of a horse.  The dun gene has the ability to affect the appearance of all black, bay or chestnut-based horses to some degree by lightening the base body coat and suppressing the underlying base color to the mane, tale, legs and "primitive markings".  You can read more about the dun gene here.)


They had the prettiest eyes.


and horses always seem to me to have noble faces.











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