6 Sept 2015

Perfect Finnhorse - Kullannuppu

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

Two princesses

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
And ice cream. Favourite one is vanilla - with extra cones

Skateboarders - interesting!
Skateboarders - interesting!

Country life is the best anyway!
Country life is the best anyway!

International market by the river Aura
International market by the river Aura

Autumn leaves
Autumn leaves

Ripe crop
Ripe crop

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.

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.

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