Great in everything
The Finnhorse is the national horse breed of Finland, and the best all round horse in the world. It is capable of fulfilling all of horse needs, including horse sports and recreational usage such as harness racing and riding, as well as agricultural and forestry work. The Finnhorse is genuine and sympathetic, and its presence is comforting. That’s why it is easy to fall in love with the Finnhorse.
Thanks to the breed’s excellent pulling technique, the Finnhorse is able to pull as much as 200 percent of its own weight.
There are about 20 000 Finnhorses in Finland. And only a few outside Finland. It is one of the rarest horse breeds in the world.
The Finnhorse stud book was established in 1907 by a governmental decree. The Finnhorse has been bred pure ever since.
The Finnhorse is the most significant animal in Finnish history after man. It has transported us and worked and fought with us. The Finnhorse has lived through all the stages that made Finland what it is today – and it has always adapted to its new tasks and roles. Without our own horse, we would be a different nation, our history would be different, our cultural heritage would be different, the story of our society, and our state past would be different.
Due to its merits, the Finnhorse is a national treasure with strong cultural ties with the Finnish people. The Finnhorse still affects our society today.
Get to know the Finnhorse
Our national horse performed at the Hevoset Bastionissa event in Hamina in the summer of 2022. Through the highlights of the show in Hamina, you can see all that can be done with a Finnhorse.
The Finnhorse is defined as a multi-purpose horse of average height. It is easy to handle, eager to co-operate with humans and willing to work. The ideal Finnhorse combines strength, speed, agility and endurance. Versatility is its best quality.
Within the Finnhorse stud book there are four sections of breeding, each with different goals: a lighter trotter type, a versatile riding horse, a heavier working horse, and a proportionally smaller pony-sized horse. The combined standard for the breed defines the Finnhorse as a strong, versatile horse with pleasant disposition.
The average height of the Finnhorse is 155 cm (61 inches). The most typical colour is chestnut, often with a flaxen mane and tail and white markings. Bay and black Finnhorses are also seen sometimes, and there are some rare occurrences of grey, palomino, sabino, buckskin, cream, roan and spotted colourings. Finnhorses have good, elastic gaits, and low, steady action. This makes them smooth to drive and very comfortable to ride. For a coldblooded breed, they are fast, in fact among the fastest in the world.
Today, most Finnhorses are used in harness racing: about three quarters of them are trotters. Riding is the second most popular use today. Thanks to their versatility, Finnhorses excel in show jumping, dressage, eventing, combined driving, endurance riding, equestrian tourism and equine therapy as well as draught work. The draught-type Finnhorse is very rare today, there are only a few family lines left. An increasing interest in traditional uses and methods is keeping the draught work heritage alive.