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Just to inform and celebrate, since I can’t help but be excited about this. It’s a milestone! My first book!
“Hevonen” (horse) is my self-initiated college project. It’s a 20-page book with hard image wrap cover. I made the first order of these books for my friends and family, and got them a few days ago.
I can assure you it’s a quality print job, and I’m very happy with it. The poem I wrote and illustrated for the book is my ode for the horse, a way of showing my thankfulness for everything they have taught me during the years.
You can see the book on e-preview at the Blurb Bookstore. The bookstore price is 32.89€ or 38.24$.
For now it’s only available in Finnish, but here’s a translation of the poem:
They say that you live in a moment
but you have the knowledge of a thousand years in you
from this life and the past.
You carry the weight of the world
silently, without complain.
One earns respect only then
when he stops asking for it
you have taught me that
through countless mistakes.
When I’m telling others about you
I tell more about myself
what I am and what I would like to be.
You show me what I am.
Thank you, my friend, the horse.”
A HORSE(WO)MAN’S CHRISTMAS
It’s the night before Christmas, we’re out in the barn
Blanketing horses to keep them all warm
They’re eating their dinners, tucked in cozy stalls
Not aware that it’s Christmas or any special day at all
They can dream of spring pastures from their pine-scented beds
No visions of sugarplums dance in their heads
But we people are thinking of merry parties and such
Maybe feeling a little sad at missing so much
This season is special but the horses don’t know
We’ve got work to do before we can go
We finish the chores and head on inside
To get ready for dinner and our own yuletide
It’s nearly midnight, the carols are sung
I remember a story I was told when I was young
How at midnight on Christmas Eve
The creatures of the barnyard can speak to us with ease
I am called to the barn, I wade through the rain
I know I must go, I can’t really explain
I slide open the door, pause for a while
Then slowly walk down that dully lit aisle
A nicker from Casey, a wink from JD
Sleepy old Alibi waking to see
Tucker rustling his bedding, a snort soft and light
Each horse gave a greeting as I walked through the night
I thought about parties bright lit and warm
The ones we don’t go to ’cause we have the barn
And vacations and holidays that we don’t get
When we’re working long hours for bills to be met
Walking all the way to the end of the aisle
I stop to stroke Bonnie, it brings me a smile
She snuffles my face, hot breath on my skin
It starts me to thinking about my horses, my kin
I could be at parties with laughter and mirth
But where I am right now is the best place on Earth.
Happy holidays for all my readers!
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Helsinki takes care of the animal blood bank in Finland. They collect and store blood of horses, dogs and cats to use in blood transfusions.
Blood is needed all year round and many horses benefit from it every year: it is given to e.g. newborn foals with not enough antibodies and horses after big surgeries, blood poisonings or malfunctions in liver or kidneys.
Any horse of any breed can and should donate blood, since the blood type is most similar in horses of the same breed. But, since the two most common horse breeds in Finland are standardbred and finnhorse, horses of those breeds would be extra welcome. Nowadays about 50 horse heroes visit the animal hospital annually to donate blood, each giving about 3-5 liters of blood at a time.
Donor at Helsinki Veterinarian Hospital should be:
- 2-16 years old
- weight over 300 kg
- has never been pregnant
- vaccinated and dewormed regurlarly
- has never received blood transfusion
- has no blood-related illnesses
- has lived in Finland for the last 24 months
- Click here for more information on blood donation
Of course we hope these things never occur to us and our horses, but we can’t just turn our backs to those who are struggling with serious illnesses. Same goes for human blood donation, which is very simple procedure and won’t take much time or effort and doesn’t even hurt more than a pinch -and saves lives!
This is how it works in Finland, ans Sweden seems to rely on similar system, what about other countries?
Quick googling showed that in the United States it seems that it’s common for animal hospitals to have a few horses of their own to cover the need for blood, such as Belgian draft Mike at the Cornell university or Percherons and other drafts at Virginia-Maryland college of veterinary medicine and a herd of five donor horses at the Royal Veterinary College in UK.
- Också hästar kan hjälpa (blood donation site in Swedish)
- Hipposportilta lahjoitus hevosten veripankille (HippoSport is a tack shop that made a donation for the blood bank for a new centrifuge.)
Is your horse a hero?
There are trends in horse names as well as in people names. Some years people seem to want more traditional, even historical names, and sometimes names are so modern and foreign-sounding the naming board has to scratch their heads whether they should accept them or not. It is never a simple task, societies and cultures change and actually have never been very stable at all. What is common to naming horses, is that they tend to be very personal to the person naming them -breeder and/or owner, sometimes their children come up with the names.
Before the beginning of systematic registration horses’ names were mostly simple and describing: Tamma (mare), Ruuna (gelding), Rauti (from rautias, chestnut), Pläsi (blaze). It didn’t matter if several horses had the same names, for example Poku and Polle have been so popular that even nowadays finnhorses in general might be called “pokus” or “polles” as a pet name in some occasions (such as “you have one nice polle here”).
Best quality animals were given fancier names. For example the first mare ever to be inspected for studbook was called Sofi. This was a trend and social aspect, since the best horses became famous and they were systematically compared to each other.
In the 1950s it was common to name horses with two-part names which would often refer to horses pedigree, such as names beginning with Eri-, Ero- or Aro (Aro-Meno, Eri-Aaroni).
Nowadays naming a horse can be influenced by hopes and dreams, humor or other aspects, as long as it’s max. 18 characters long, appropriate and can not be confused with other existing horses or trademarks. Finnhorse names should be either in Finnish with Finnish alphabet or Swedish with Swedish alphabet, and names beginning Aro-, Eri- or Ero- are not longer registered. (Hippos)
I need ideas for naming a finnhorse. Where should I start?
Lowchenaustralia has composed an impressive list of links to Scandinavian names. You could try for example searching through Finnish mythology, Finnish names and their meanings explained or have a look at your horses pedigree. It’s still quite common to refer the pedigree by combining or changing bits of names to new ones.
Best names are often short but bear a lot of meaning, hopes and dreams in them. Sometimes a good name is the one that sounds right even if it doesn’t mean anything. Most importantly, it has to fit your horse and the look your horse has in its eyes.
More to read
- Suomessa syntyneiden hevosten nimistö (Marja Kalske 2005)
- Suomalaisten hevosten nimet eläimen aseman kuvastajina (Marja Kalske)
- Finnish names (Wikipedia)
- The Incredible Little Book of 10,001 Names for Horses (Amazon.com)
- Authentic Arabian Horse Names (Amazon.com)
Snow gives great opportunities for training horses’ strength!
“A young colt at the stables I go to. He’s still learning the ropes of this harness racing business”
Video by sesshoumarusense
Silver dapple gene makes horse’s mane and tail turn grey or even white, while legs remain black. This gene affects only on black colour, so it can be well hidden in chestnut horses (flaxen is not silver) and pop out suddenly when a chestnut and black or bay horse are bred and produce a black or bay foal. This colour was registered mistakenly for a long time, so there is no certainty how common this colour has been before. With modern gene testing technology and knowledge about horse genetics, silver dapple bays and blacks can be produced systematically if desired. Pony-sized finnhorse breeding section seems to be the strongest one with registered silver gene carriers, but as said, in a mostly chestnut population it can still pop out somewhere unexpectedly. (Source)
List of silver gene carrying horse families (Johannan suomenhevossivut)
From Suomenpienhevonen.fi/uutiset (2012)
As the owner takes their foal (1-3 years of age) to a foal show, they can choose which breeding section the foal will have its evaluation (different breeding sections have somewhat different goals). At the age of four or older mares and stallions may be shown for studbook.
The pony-sized finnhorse association (Suomenpienhevosyhdistys) updates their website actively, and posts all the foals that have received a P-section evaluation as well as new studbook horses. I collected them all in one post for you to take a look at. Studying show results can provide a good overall sight on a horse breed, or in this case a breeding section.
gender, name, (sire, dam, dam’s sire), height at withers – height at croup, Points: Type – Barrel – Legs – Hooves – Walk – Trot, prize (I-III, I being the best)
m. Talven Tähti (Likan Linus – Ariannen Loimu, Suikun Sälli) 144 cm – 146cm, 7-7-8-7-6-7, III+
s. S.O. Terva-Snapsi (Tussarin Luonnos – Hippiliike, K.M. Poku) 140 -138, 8-9-8-8-6-9, II+
m. Ypäjä Eeva (Iikor – Arla, V.T. Ajatus) 144 – 143, 7-8-8-6-8-7, II-
m. Solhedin Lillis (A.T. Jesperi – Oksatilla, Oksaskosti) 136 – 137, 8-6-7-7-8-6, III+
m. Tempotiina (Ruuvin Roope – Tahti-Tintti, Tahti) 143-145 8-8-8-8-7-7, II
m. Isoperän Pihla (E.V. Jovankka – Huvin Huiske, Etsaus) 145-146 7-7-7-7-8-7, II
m. Unhotta (Auran Aapeli – Pikkane, Tulirusko) 145-144, 6-8-7-7-6-6, III
s. Herttakuningas (Mirlakka – Yönmusta, A.T. Pikku-Nikko) 140 – 141, 7-8-7-6-6-6, III
s. Mäkelän Hurmuri (Tussarin Luonnos – Erä-Henna, Muiston Loisto) 141 – 142, 7-8-7-8-7-7, II-
m. Pikkunäppärä (Jaapeli – Pikkuajatus, A.T. Pikku-Nikko) 140 -141, 6-7-7-8-6-6, III
s. Aarteen Vanikka (Mirlakka – Henni Vanillini, Ukkosen Poika) 140 – 141, 7-7-7-8-8-8, II
s. Voto (Villori – Alira, Auran Aapeli) 135 -139, 8-9-8-7-8-7, II p.
s. Sirukko (Sibbo – Riikan Siru, Hiprakka) 142 – 140, 8-8-9-7-7-8, II+
m. Villin Viritys (Vinha Paanari – A.T. Jesta, Jessimo) 136 -138, 8-8-7-8-7-8, II
m. Kosken Fiinakka (Mirlakka – Aatafina Aatami) 136 – 139, 7-8,-8-8-6-7, II-
s. Tintin Muskotti (Jeppo – Vieno-Kaneli, Jessimo) 135 – 134, 8-7-7-7-7- 7, II-
s. Suopellon Mikko (Pölyke – Vuohimäen Hilla, Tussari) 136 – 136, 9- 9,-7-8-8-8, I-
m. Suvi-Liinuska (Voiveikko – Suvi-Miiluska, Nascar) 141-144, 8-8-7- 7- 6-5, III
m. Vallan Väärtti (Auran Aapeli – Pettiina, Pette) 141 – 143, 8-7-8-7-7-6, II-
s. Vähäläntäne (Auran Aapeli – Pikkane, Tulirusko) 141 – 144, 8-8-7-6-6-6, III+
m. Tintin Kuukunen (Millin Nokinen – Tintin Kantarelli, Pölyke) 136 – 136, 7-8-7-8-7-5, III+
t. Visun Valo (Riennoksen Valo – Visu-Test, Suikku) 141 – 143, 7-7-7-6-7-7, III
s. S.O. Ruuti-Ukko (Jeskari – Hippiliike, K.M. Poku) 145-147, 8-8-7-8-8-7 , II
s. Pomperi (Jeppo – Vadelma, Pysteri) 138-141, 8-8-7-8-6-7, II-
m. Tarutea (Sibbo – A.T. Nikkoliina, A.T. Pikku-Nikko), 138-139, 7-8-7-8-8-7, II-
m. Tuhkimon Regina (A.T. Ukko-Myrsky – Tuhkimon Tilta, Lupsun-Hjallis) 136-139, 8-7-7-7-7-6, III+
s. Kosken Pirtsakka (Mirlakka – Tähti Pirteä , P.V. Hemppa) 138-137, 8-8-7-8-7-8, II
m. Friisin Heinä (Friisin Paletti – Hissun Suvi, Suikku) 142-145, 6-7-7-8-6-7, III+
m. Friisin Säihke ( A.T. Musta-Ritari – A.T. Jessiru, Jessimo) 140-144, 7-8-9-7-6-6, II-
s. Friisin Raketti (Ukkosen Poika – Korven Siluetti, Varjo-Luonnos) 137-140, 8-8-8-8-8-9, II+
m. Kukan Pirske (Pirvetti – Hellun Kukka, Ruutu-Sälli), 139-142, 8-9-8-7-7-8, II+
s. Hopeamyrsky (A.T. Ukko-Myrsky – Vinskiliina, A.T. Vinski) 137 lk 138 pistein 9-8-8-8-8-9, I-
m. Pumpuli Salama (Ukkosen Poika – Alika, Kauhu) 138- 138, 8-8-7-7-8-7, II
m. Kisan Sirutar (Nitro-Siru – Josina, Hilurius), 138-137, 7-7-7-7-7-7, III+
m. Millin Vadelma (Millin Nokinen – Millin Nelli, Vuohimäen Pihka), 137 – 137, 8-7-8-8-8-6, II
m. Peltomäen Rilla (Rallaus – Jaanen Siina, Suikku), 139 – 142, 7-7-7-8-8-9, II
m. Tittan Lumihilkka (Pellervo – Tittan Tirlittan, Tittan Tatu)137-136, 7-9- 7-8-6-7, II
s. Voitarmo (Voiveikko – Emmatar, Tuuma) 124 – 128, 8-8-7-7-7-7, II-
s. Mäkelän Rohkelikko (A.T. Monsteri – Helmen Välke, E.V. Jovankka) 128 – 131, 8-8-7-6-8-8, II
m. Kuukson Josefina (Voiveikko – Aatafina, Aatami) 130 – 132, 7-8-8-7-6-7, II-
s. Toppå (Sibbo – Vuohimäen Tuohi, Pölyke), 125 – 129, 9-8-8-7-6-8, II
m. Sonjaana (Jeppo – Sonetta, Heppu) 130-133, 7-6-8-8-6-6, III+
s. Airon (Vuohimäen Havu – Purttaus, Piston Varjo) 132 – 136, 7-7-7-8-7-8, II-
s. Loimihaan Hyrrä (Pätkä-Jätkä – Hilma-Liina, Manni) 131 – 133, 8-7-7-8-9-8, II+
s. Ukko-Ilmari (A.T. Ukko-Myrsky – Tuhkimon Volga Humeeti) 133 – 135, 7- 7- 8-8-7-7, II
m. Yhtäkki Laurilast (Rallaus – Valko-Viiva, Ville-Valko) 132 -133, 7-7-7-7-7-9, II-
s. Valon Ville ( A.T. Unikuva – Meijun Valo, Aro-Valo) 129 -132, 8-8-7-7-6-6, III+
s. Välilän Romeo (Komun Juljus – Jasmiina II , Hilurin Lento) 126-129 8-6-8-7-8-6, III+
m. Kelmin Taika (A.T. Unikuva – Kelmin Kepponen, Kelmi) 130-132, 8-7- 7-7-6-7, III+
s. Lakeuden Vilperi (Tuhkimon Nestori – Rilla Lai, Vokkerilla) 128-132, 8-8-8-6-6-7, II
m. Herttualan Hieno (Mäntymäen Patu – Kisa-Pimu, A.T. Vinski) 131-134, 8-8-8-8-7-7, II
s. Lavilan Kohu (Valon Veikka – Jouhen Sykerö, Jouhen-Piirto) 135-139, 6-7-8-7-6-7, III+
m. Pikku-Rosmariini (Mirlakka – Henni Vanillini, Ukkosen Poika), 131-133, 8-8-8-9-7-8, II+
s. Friisin Poppeli 138-141, 7-8-6-7-6-7, III+
m. Friisin Pioni (Friisin Paletti – Villi Vanamo, Pölyke) 138-140, 8-8-7-9-7-8, II
s. Sydämenvaltaaja (A.T. Pikku-Nikko – Ilta-Ajatus, V.T. Ajatus), 134-135, 8-9-7-8-5-6, III+
m. Punnuspilven Lahja (Pilven Poika – Punnus-Tähteri, Nysteri) 134-140 pisteet 7-8-7-7-8-7 ja II-
m. Elotyyni (A.T. Musta-Ritari – A.T. Pikku-Unelma, Portteri), 130-129, 9-8-8-8-8-7, II+
m. Helmen Pilke (E.V. Jovankka – Humu-Helmiina, Kelmi), 136-139, 8-8-8-7-8-7, II
s. Millin Velmupöly (Pölyke – Vuohimäen Silmu, Tussari), 134-135, 8-9-7-8-8-6, II
Inspected mares 2012
Kolikko (Villeri – Helan Hilkku, Jeppo) 8-8-9/8-7 =40 p, muut pisteet: character 8, gaits 7, rideability 14, III
Lavilan Minttu (Murron Valo – Lavilan Jenny, Pellervo) 1054-08P 7-8-8/8-7=38 p., lcharacter 8, gaits 9, driveability 16, II
Helmen Välke (E.V. Jovankka – Humu-Helmiina, Kelmi) 7-7-8/8-8=38, character 8, gaits 8, rideability 15, II
Vappu-Vilja (Vihi-Totti – Vappuheila, Rakkari) 7-7-7/9-7=37, dressage 63,00%, rideability 7, show jumping 6, character 8, gaits 7, II
Virin Viiri (Vokkerilla – E.T. Viri, Viltter), 7-7-7/7-8=36 pistettä, character 6, gaits 8, rideability 10, accepted
Elotähti (Mirlakka – A.T. Pikku-Unelma, Portteri), 9-9-8/8-8=42, character 9, gaits 7, driveability 18, I
Lavilan Vilma (Vihi-Totti – Kelmiia, Kelmi), 8-7-7/8-7=37 pistettädressage 120,5/200 (60%), character 8, gaits 7, style 8, rideability 9, 32p, II
Rauhalan Hilda (Lorentso – Virtava, Makeva), 7-8-8/8-8=39, dressage 129,5/200 (64,75%), character 8, gaits 8, style 8, rideability 7, 31p, II
Tintin Sahrami (Pölyke – Vieno-Kaneli, Jessimo) 9-9-8/7-7=40, character 9, gaits 7, rideability 18, =34p, I.
The finnhorse trotting championship race weekend is the 82nd of its kind. The event has taken place in Kuopio in 1959, 1967, 1982 and 1998, so this will be the fifth time for Kuopio to organize the biggest trotting event in Finland and also one of the biggest in Europe. The best horses and drivers of Finnish trotting will be seen at Kuopio Sorsasalo racetrack in 26th and 27th July, 2013.
For horse racing fans the finnhorse trotting championships weekend is without doubt the highlight of their year. The mood is top notch both on and off the track. The audience is expected to be at least 60 000 people.
The best finnhorses compete in three part races on three distances: 1600, 2100 and final 3100m -all these three races in two days. The allround best stallion and mare will have their names written in the honourable tables of trotter kings and queens and therefore leave their hoofprints in history. The race has already over 80 year tradition.
The new website was published today. Find it at kuninkuusravit.fi
If you haven’t seen this publication yet, I’d suggest you to read it. This brochure was made in 2007 and offers quite good basic information about finnhorses both in history and today. Their versatility is well shown, lively graphics as well as multiple photos make learning fun.
Even if you are familiar with the breed already, have a look. As much as I have read about Finnish horses in the past, I still learned new things from this brochure. There are versions in Finnish, English, Swedish and German. Enjoy!
Get to know the Finnhorse (English, pdf)
Bekanta Dig med Finnhästen (Swedish, pdf)
Finnische Pferde-Stärke (German, pdf)
Tutustu suomenhevoseen (Finnish, pdf)
More at www.suomenhevonen.info
From Bosses Lily ja Siirin Älli Kriteriumien voittoon (Hippos.fi news)
The biggest age-class race for four-year-old coldblood trotters with 38 000 euro prize money, Kriterium, is a very honoured race, and winning it must be a dream of every trotter horse breeder, horse owner and trainer in Finland. This year the favourite Siirin Älli was overwhelmingly superior to all opponents, though the win wasn’t written in stone beforehand. Second to finish was Vixen and bronze medal went to Kupori. Tough foal star Jokivarren Kunkku galloped only 500m before the finish line. Siirin Älli has raced nine times in his career, seven of those races ending in winner’s circle. This win doubled his earnings.
See more photos at Hippos photo bank
Watch the race video on Toto TV archive