Risen Star wrote:
PS, thanks for this beautiful thread.
You're very welcome. And anything to get away from the done-to-death topics here.
RS: So Jarsofaks is an offshoot of the North Swedish horse, or at least that's what it sounds like from what you posted. He looks quite stout, short, with incredible leg action and power. I don't think I've ever seen this kind of power from any equine athlete in any sport. I don't know what his final winning margin was, but I'd suspect he was in another zip code when he finished. I don't think the article said how old he is, but he's apparently been competing against his sons! What does that mean? Has he already been to stud, or did I misread that?
PS: I guess I missed that part when reading.
RS: It would be fascinating to learn what makes this particular breed so hearty, with a good life span, incredible soundness, and few illnesses. I wonder if it's simply the rugged lifestyle in Sweden and how this breed evolved from that lifestyle and work ethic. I think the article also mentioned a light diet, and if so, how can these horses compete the way they do, and how do they get so husky and strong? Unless it's simply the genes from their ancestors.
PS: I am fairly certain that I saw that they are descendants of the native Norse ponies. Which would have to be very hardy indeed.
RS: This is a beautiful, and massive equine athlete and it was really cool watching him.
PS: I imagine that the cold bloods have much lower metabolisms than the warm & hot blood breeds.
PS: I'm not postive that this particular trotter is the North Swedish horse but here is some more about the breed:
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/hors ... /index.htm
Originating from Sweden, the North Swedish Horse is a heavy draft and farm workhorse. It is of the same origin as the Dole horse of Norway, which descended from the ancient Scandinavian native horse.
The North Swedish Horse is a medium sized coldblood. Mare usually reaches the height of 15 hands while the stallions are about 15.2 hands. The qualities that the North Swedish Horse possesses are energy, durability, stamina, and respectable longevity.
The North Swedish Horse has a clean, sound bone. It is known for endurance. For the amount of work this horse can do it requires a small amount of feed. It has an incredible longevity and diseases are very rare in this breed. For breeding, good action is stressed as well as, correct well-balanced action, energy, power, length of stride, and springiness in the gait.