This week has been an official Finnhorse week and today,
6.9.2015, it is a Finnhorse Day.
"The Finnhorse or Finnish Horse (Finnish: Suomenhevonen, literally "horse of Finland")
is a horse breed with both riding horse and draught horse influences and characteristics,
and is the only breed developed fully in Finland.
In English it is sometimes called the Finnish Universal, as the Finns consider the breed
capable of fulfilling all of Finland's horse needs, including agricultural and
forestry work, harness racing and riding (of all kind).
In 2007, the breed was declared the official national horse breed of Finland."
The breed standard defines the Finnhorse as a multi-purpose horse of average height,
and sturdy conformation. The ideal Finnhorse is easy-to-handle, versatile, and combines
strength, agility, speed and endurance. Finnhorses are lively, with both a reliable and alert temperament. The breed standard encourages a horse that is "honest and sincere";
eager to cooperate with humans, obedient, and willing to work.
They are hardy with good endurance, robust health, and are generally long-lived.
This mare equates the breed description perfectly.
May we introduce the Finnhorse Kullannuppu - Golden Bud
and her master Heikki Mikola from Turku.
City horse Kullannuppu is only 12 years old but for half of her life she
has been walked in the City. Almost every day Heikki and Kullannuppu
go for city rides, no matter if it was raining, snowing or freezing.
People love them and Kullannuppu has plenty of friends
in the city.
Photos by Heikki Mikola
|Heading to the market place|
|Scary? Not for Nuppu, she is a brave mare!|
|River Aura, Suomen Joutsen|
|Along the river Aura, Turku Cathedral|
|Need some money to do shopping...|
|Places for dogs - not for horses?|
|Spring time, beautiful, light evenings|
|Down to the city...|
|...over the bridge...|
|Enjoy your evening!|
|Summer! Sun! Food!|
|And ice cream. Favourite one is vanilla - with extra cones|
|Skateboarders - interesting!|
|Country life is the best anyway!|
|International market by the river Aura|
|Heikki and Kullannuppu|
These two have a perfect understanding, trust and a strong bond
between them. It only comes with time and patience.
With a Finnhorse it is more than possible - if the human is wise enough!
Have a great autumn and a wonderful Finnhorseday, Kullannuppu and Heikki!
Thank you so much for letting us to publish these wonderful photos.
We wish you many happy years together.
For our Finnish readers:
In APU Magazine 31 / 2015 you can read more about Heikki and Kullannuppu
Read another story about the Finnhorse here in the blog
Riding in the city can be very dangerous to you, your horse or the others in the streets.
The horse - and you - has to be absolutely trustable,
very well trained and used to all kinds of noises and distractions, also
the unexpected ones.
Always use a hat and a safety vest when riding - where ever.