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Video: Uuras, the hard working horse (with English subtitles)

“A Finnish working horse in front of plow in the middle of Helsinki Town (geographical). A typical view here in the 19th Century.”

Video by TheRopotti

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Trans-Horse project studies contemporary horse culture in Finland



Trans-Horse: HKI-TKU-HKI (2014) project studies contemporary horse culture in Finland and advances travel by horse between the cities of Helsinki and Turku. The project kicks off with the 33 year old artist Eero Yli-Vakkuri learning how to ride together with journalist/artist Pietari Kylmälä. Neither have prior experience with horses – Hence the impact of being introduced to horses will be radical.

Blacksmith Jesse Sipola and multidisciplinary creative Hanna Karppinen are also active in the project. The group is identified as The riders of Ore.e Refineries. A finnhorse The Awaited Son (Toivottu Poika) was hired for the usage of the project to further expand the experience. As a highlight of the project The Riders of Ore.e Refinerieswill connect the cities of Helsinki to Turku via horseback.

The experiences of learning how to ride a horse and getting to know horse culture are shared through the project blog. The process of studying horse culture and advancing travel by horse forms the core of an artwork. The grant applications used to seek funding for the project has been shared online (Finnish Only). All ideas and tips on how to succeed in learning to ride and reaching Turku area welcome. You can also leave your e-mail address to stay updated on the development of the project. A summary report will be published at the end of the year.

On this video Eero and Jesse tell a bit about themselves and the story behind their project. It’s unfortunately only in Finnish, but shows quite a few finnhorses…. :)

Hevoslinja HKI-TKU-HKI from Koneen Säätiö on Vimeo.

Lads started off their project by purchasing a horse. Toivottu Poika is a 6-year-old finnhorse gelding. He moved to Espoo and will hopefully serve as the legs of the project between Helsinki and Turku, as the project moves on.

You can follow the project at their blog:

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Happy World Animal Day!


Epeli sends his greetings to all friends celebrating the World Animal Day. Yipee!

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.


  • To celebrate animal life in all its forms
  • To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
  • To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
  • To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives


World Animal Day header

Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi  is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. He was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He was born  in 1181 or 1182 and died October third, 1226. He is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy (with Catherine of Siena).

In Finland

From Millaista eläinsuojelu oli 100 vuotta sitten? and Short history of an old association

The Finnish Society for Welfare  of Animals was founded in 1901. In the early days the association mostly promoted the use of horse meat for food. The article (linked above) said it was difficult to have a horse slaughtered in the early 20th century – instead the horses were often used for work until they collapsed. The association hired an inspector, whose job was to buy the poorly treated, old and injured horses from the markets and have them put to rest.

The founder of the association, lieutenant colonel T.K. Forstén is considered to be one of the most important people in the history of  the association. He lectured and wrote books about the animal welfare issues and ethical treatment of animals, for example the use and development of quick and painless slaughter options.

Nowadays SEY’s main goals are sharing information and campaining for welfare of animals. The World Animal Day starts the Animal Week in Finland. The week has a different theme every year. Last year it was cats, this year it’s cows and their welfare on farms.

Today is a good day to take a minute to think about these things. Happy world animal day everyone!

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Mongolian horse is genetically closer relative to Finnhorse than other Nordic horse breeds

From Suomenhevonen polveutuu ikivanhoista hevosroduista (Maaseudun Tulevaisuus 30.8.2014)


The studbook of the Finnhorse is only 107 years old. We have yet much to learn about the time before organised documentation. Photo by Satu Pitkänen / Rozpravka photography

A recent study shows that the Nordic coldblood horses are not genetically closest relatives to the Finnhorse. The researchers have found the same genes in Estonian, North-Russian and Mongolian horses. The results were surprising.

- Most often the closest relatives are found from closest neighboring countries,  says gene technology professor Juha Kantanen from the MTT Agrifood Research Finland.

But it seems that the closest relatives to finnhorses would be the old eastern breeds Yakutian horse from Siberia, Mongolian horse, Estonian horse and Mezen horse.

For the last few decades, we have assumed that finnhorse would origin from the north European forest horse. Researchers Juha Kantanen and his Estonian colleagues Erkki Sild, Haldja Viinalass, Sirje Värvi, Krista Roon and Knut Røed  from Norway studied the DNA of 17 horse breeds, for example the Finnhorse, the Estonian horse, Estonian draft, Tori horse, Latvian native horse, the Norwegian døle horse, Norwegian Fjord and Nordlandshest. The Estonians have used also Arabian and Ahaltek horses in their breeding programs.

There is a thesis coming up on the subject at Tartu University.

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“The head of the horse was made of stone, hooves out of rock and legs out of iron. The back of the foal was forged from metal.”

Today we celebrate the Finnhorse day, the day to honor our one and only Finnish horse breed with waving flags and respect. The studbook for the Finnhorse was founded 6th of September 1907, so our horse has been documented for 107 years and about ten generations now.


(The first) two generations of finnhorses on our yard. Elyse & Epeli.

The finnhorse is, has been and will be a significant part of the Finnish horse industry. This day is a reminder that there are thousands of finnhorse friends. Each and every finnhorse breeder, rider, trainer, driver and fan is important and there’s room for more. In my opinion, even internationally, which is the prime reason why I’m writing this blog in English.

About the headline quote

In the Finnish mythology the horse has an iron origin. Väinämöinen rode the iron horse (“Hiiden varsa”) above the waters of primeval sea, a malicious stranger shot his horse, and the old tietäjä fell into the ocean. Horses are also present in spells and incantations. Commonly spells were used to protect horses from hazards and to prevent them from escaping when horses were released to summer pastures. In some spells horse’s spirit is also called to banish malicious forces (kateet) or to assist the tietäjä in his work. Few spells that were used to stop wounds from bleeding call the mythical first foal (“Hiiden varsa”) to stop the blood flow. (Thanks again to Suomenusko/Anssi for this translation).

Follow the event on social media


Suomenhevostalkoot (page)

Suomenhevosen päivä – liputuspäivä (event)

#suomenhevostalkoot (tag)

Suomenhevonen, paras hevonen! (group)


Tags #suomenhevostalkoot, #suomenhevonen and #finnhorse will give you plenty of tweets to follow :)


#finnhorse, #suomenhevonen


Happy Finnhorse Day 2014!


What’s your horse name?


My Finn horse name would be Veivin Tuiske.

Have you ever wondered, what would be your name if you were a horse? Better yet, a Finn horse?

No worries, there’s an app for that.

Fintoto published a fun horse name generator on their site. You can generate a name for yourself!

Generate your name by clicking here.

Check the tabs you wish (first column ori = stallion, tamma = mare, second column Lämminverinen = standardbred trotter, Suomenhevonen = Finn horse). Write your name in the open field and click the arrow button. The generator will give you a horse name. :)

Please do add your horse name to the comment field below! If I was a horse, my name might be Veivin Tuiske.

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Trotter King Candidates 2014

From Ravikuningas- ja kuningatarkandidaatit on valittu ( 22.7.2014)

It’s that time of the year again!

These  twelve stallions will take part in Coronation Trot event, a competition that consists of three races within two days. On Saturday they set the bar at 2100 m race, on Sunday they race first at 1600 m distance and the final race is a 3100 m, only few hours later.

The horse which performs best in all three races wins the king’s crown. These are the absolute best stallions of this breed at the moment, so we are once again looking forward to an exciting battle of the titans next weekend at Pori. :)

Here are some statistics on the King candidates. See the Queen candidates here.

Who’s your favorite?



Born 2003, breeder Pekka Luukkonen, owner Team Boker, trainer Esa Holopainen

Race statistics 112, 27-14-13, winnings 300.400€, records 1.21,0a – 1.21,4v

This year: 10, 1-0-3, 14.800€ 1.22,3a – 1.21,8v



Born 2006, breeder Jani Konnu, owner Itä-Savon Hevosystäväinseura ry, trainer Jorma Konnu

Race statistics 62, 19-13-4, winnings 110.394€, records 1.20,9a – 1.23,9v

This year: 7, 0-3-0 1.21,1a

Elias Intomieli


Born 2004, breeder Kainuun Ammattiopisto-Liikelaitos, owner Team Elias, trainer Timo Mäkäräinen

Race statistics: 68, 26-7-2, 103.270€ 1.221,a – 1.25,3v

This year: 13, 4-3-0, 43.600€, 1.221,a – 1.27,7v



Born 2003, breeder Kauppapuutarha Ylitalo Oy & Lähdekorpi Esa, owner Talli Hullumies, trainer Seppo Sarkola

Race statistics: 94, 25-11-9, winnings 164.630€, winnings 1.21,0a – 1.22,5v

This year: 8, 2-0-0, 7.100€, 1.21,3a – 1.22,9v



Born 2002, breeder Kyösti Hagert, owner Kolme Hevosta Tmi & Kilpiäinen J.& Varis M., trainer Jari Nylund

Race statistics: 57, 24-7-3, winnings 86.515€ records 1.22,0a – 1.23,0v

This year: 12, 4-0-1 13.575€ 1.22,1a – 1.23,4v



Born 2003, breeders & owners Korhonen Jyrki & Maija, trainer Jyrki Korhonen

Race statistics: 175, 27-21-16 winnings 276.880€, records 1.20,8a – 1.23,3v

This year: 14, 4-1-1, 42.700€ 1.22,3a – 1.23,5v



Born 2004, breeder, owner  & trainer Juha-Matti Paavola

Race statistics: 151, 20-21-22, 94.440€1.21,7a – 1.24,2v

This year: 18, 0-2-3, 8.700€ 1.21,7a – 1.24,2v

Rapin Aatos


Born 2006, breeder Mari Rautiainen, owner Fanfaria Team, trainer Jouni Miettinen

Race statistics: 82, 14-16-10, 101.546€ 1.21,1a – 1.23,7v

This year: 16, 2-2-2, 25.046€ 1.21,1a – 1.23,7v



Born 2006, breeder Eeva-Liisa Kortekallio, owner Ravitalli Juha Kortekallio, trainer Juha Kortekallio

Race statistics: 55, 19-8-4, winnings 94.910€ records 1.22,2a – 1.24,1v

This year: 12, 3-1-1, 32.450€ 1.22,2a – 1.24,9v

Tapsan Tahti


Born 2002, breeder Tapio Perttunen, owner Talli Rytmiryhmä, trainer Tapio Perttunen

Race statistics: 142, 16-18-21, winnings 116.800€, records 1.21,5a – 1.22,7

This year: 13, 2-1-2, 34.400€ 1.23,3a – 1.22,7v

Vieskerin Valo


Born 2004, breeder & owner Janita Bollström, trainer Pertti Niveri

Race statistics: 132, 24-21-13, winnings 129.260€ 1.21,3a – 1.22,9v

This year: 15, 5-1-1, 30.450€ 1.23,0a – 1.22,9v



Born 2005, breeders & owners Naumanen Jorma & Tiina, trainer Jorma Naumanen

Race Statistics: 92, 14-24-15, winnings 184.270€, records 1.21,0a – 1.22,1v

This year: 7, 0-4-1, 27.000€, 1.21,0a – 1.22,5v

 Photos: Hippos photo bank


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