- Finnish Draft -

There were originally two types of Finnish horse - the Finnhorse Draft and the Finnish Universal. Over the years, the two breeds have been widely interbred, and the heavier draft has largely disappeared. The Finnish Draft was bred on a purely functional and practical basis and was rather common in appearance.

They were a comparatively small draft horse, standing around 15.2 hh, but were incredibly strong and capable of the hardest agricultural tasks. They were kind and willing, with a fast-stepping, naturally active stride. The horses developed from crossbreeding between the native ponies from countries along the Baltic coastline and imported foreign breeds, and so exhibit both coldblood and warmblood characteristics. They are of a medium weight for a  draft, averaging 1,270 lb and should have an attractive head that is not too large, a strong neck, and powerful shoulders and quarters. Their legs should be clean and well muscled, without much feather. Generally they are chestnut, gray, or bay, and occasionally black or brown - white markings are acceptable. Their studbook was opened in 1907 and they have to undergo quite stringent performance testing which is designed to keep the breed clean.


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