This pony is an extremely old breed that came from Norway.
It is generally considered to be a descendant of the Asiatic Wild Horse and the Tarpan, from which
many other pony breeds were derived. The Northlands pony has very much in common with the Baltic
pony, or Konik, the Celtic ponies, the Icelandic, Shetland, and Exmoor ponies.
The Northlands Pony stands between 12 and 14 hands high,
depending on type - the Lyngen being larger than the Nordland. They are mostly bay or brown in
color, are placid and gentle yet energetic, tough and hardy and have a natural athletic jumping
There is a variety of ideas as to the origin of this breed. Research
indicates that it came into Norway from the east during very early times. For various reasons
it was forced northward where it lived and developed through the centuries, but after World War
II the breed was at the door of extinction. It is of the northern type and is similar to the Lofoten.
Because of varied environmental conditions and scattered, locally
centered breeding districts in Norway, this pony was given several local names. The breed developed
differently in different districts through crossing with other breeds.
Some believe that the Nordland is the result of a mixture of two different
types of the same race ' one type from Lyngen in northern Troms and one from Norland, based on
individuals from the district of Lofoten. The Lyngen type was somewhat larger and stronger, mainly
chestnut, whereas the Norland type was smaller, with a heavier mane and tail and a wider variation
of color. The distinction is less evident today because of crossbreeding between the two types.
However, there still are some individuals that are typically one or the other. Breeding of the
race was resumed immediately after World War II, but it was difficult task due to poor economy,
sparse population, and a shortage of animals.
Conformation of the pony is generally good overall. All colors occur
and are accepted with the exception of dun and pied. Chestnut color is dominant in the area of
Troms. This pony is easily trained, willing to work, energetic, and good tempered. The breed is
relatively free of health problems and will often reach the age of thirty. Nordlands are also
known for retaining their fertility into advanced ages. Today this pony is used mostly for riding
or driving or as a pack horse. The Nordland has also attracted favorable attention in jump racing
and show riding.
Interestingly, this pony has several local names by which it is referred,
such as the Northland Pony, Lyngen, and Lyngshest. Research shows that this breed came from Norway
from the east through very early years, and for various reasons was forved northward, where it
lived and developed throughout the centuries. After WWII, however, the breed was found to be nearly
' All colors occur and are accepted with the exception of dun and pied. Chestnut color is dominant
in the area of Troms
' This pony is easily trained, willing to work and has a good temper
' The breed is relatively free of health problems and will often reach the age of thirty
Northland/Nordland Pony Info
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