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“All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.”
- author unknown
It seems to be some kind of a trend among teenage girls to make this kind of videos of their horses. Youtube is full of them!
What is very touching in these, is the love these girls have for their horses and what they want to show to the world: “This is my horse, and she/he is the best horse in the whole wide world!”
Equestrianism is all about great feelings and experiences. Often they are the very first horses we get to spend time with that leave the most permanent hoofprints in our hearts. These girls are also assumably the main group of future horse owners and breeders. I think it’s a great thing to have finnhorses in riding schools and elsewhere in the “grass root level” of horse scheme, offering people a chance to get in touch with them. That is the ground where future horse people grow from. For many it is the late family horse or riding school favourite who gave them the spark for future (finn)horse enthusiasm.
Never underestimate a girl’s love for her horse!
HRP-blogi is a Finnish harness racing enthusiast’s blog where he writes about harness racing and its phenomena in Finland and other countries. He also makes annual statistics from young horses’ preliminaries.
The first preliminary is called opetuslähtö, a “training race” strictly translated. The goal is to encourage horse owners to bring their young horses to professional training already at young age and the trainers to bring the horses to tracks earlier. The time limits are 1.30-1.40 for the two-year old standardbreds, 1.50,0-2.00,0 for the three-year-old finnhorses and 2.00-2.20,0 for the two-year-old finnhorses. The horse receives a prize for trotting between those time boundaries, no other prizes are paid and this does not count neither in the horse’s winnings nor as an official start and is completely voluntary.
Before attending to official races, the horse has to attend another preliminary race, koelähtö in Finnish (strictly translated “test race”), in which the speed is faster. In this preliminary the horse shows that it is fit enough to race and is schooled to behave on the track. One preliminary is valid for eight months and if there are no races in between, the horse has to perform another preliminary to qualify again.
These are the brief statistics from 2012. You can see the full statistics here (tip: mares are highlighted with red and 2-year-olds with *).
Sires Top 20 (overall):
Sires Top 20 (by percentage):
|Sire||Preliminaries||Age class 2009||%|
Maternal lines Top20 (by amount):
Just out of general interest, I counted the three-year-olds in races annually between 1995 and 2012, here’s a graph:
It is not very common to bring the three-year-old horses to races rather than wait until they turn four. Finnhorse is considered as a slow breed to mature. The trend is, however, to favour the younger horses in race schedules to make the horse breeding cycle faster as well (so horses would race younger, show their potential and therefore breed younger than they do now). Naturally the amount of born horses in an age class shows in racing statistics as well.
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Making a change and sticking to it seems to be one of the hardest things for most people to do.
- Leo Babauta (zenhabits)
Barn politics – how people behave and get along with each other at the stables - is sometimes hard to handle and causes more stress than is really necessary. It can be really small things that cause arguing, even bullying.
The time spent at the stables should be fun, leisure time for boarders and a pleasant place to work for the employees. Some people seem to even pursue to make their mood better by the cost of others and fail miserably to improve the real problems they might have in their personal lives and even create a bunch of new problems in the process.
These vicious cycles in relationships seem to be hard to cut. Yet there are people who seem to be able to solve the problems before they become big. How could we all improve to be those people? How could we all be better stable mates in the upcoming year?
Other bloggers have pondered these same questions in their blogs and gathered a few good tips for improving the atmosphere at the stables as well as in your life overall. The atmosphere around the barn affects not only people but horses as well.
- How To Be a Good Boarder (Grey Horse Matters)
- Barn Politics: A Short Course in Survival (ShowMom)
- Barn Politics: As The Muck Cart Turns (Horsecity.com)
- Tips For Succesful Horse Boarding (About.com)
- 7 Little Things That Make Life Effortless (zenhabits.net)
- 6 Tips for Better Conflict Resolution (Penelope Trunk)
One of my resolutions for 2013: Less stress, more happiness!
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)
Lately I have found a few very interesting blogs that I would like to show to my readers as well, just in case you haven’t found them yet. Mostly riding oriented blogs this time, but I’ll keep looking for all kinds of horse related blogs to read, feel free to suggest if you have a gem to share!
Originally Finnish dressage rider living in UK at the moment, training and schooling horses for dressage and writes inspirational blog posts when she’s not in the saddle.
“Putting you & your horse in good hands. Building trust, respect & confidence between horse & human.”
Interesting texts about horse philosophy and riding.
Rosie Jones Horses
“Going global…7 months travelling around the world keeping an eye out for horses and horse people as I go…read our latest news here”
About riding and schooling horses (in Finnish).
For more horse blogs, try Haynet!
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)
Bay, red bay most often, is the second most common color on a finnhorse after chestnut, about 4% of the population (Source). The amount of bay horses has grown in the last few years due to a few good studs who happen to be bay. For years it was easy to guess a horses sire by its colour, since Hovi-Ari was a very popular stud of his time. His son Humeeti is the only known homozygous bay finnhorse, always producing a bay foal. Nowadays there are few more, for example R-stud Vihi-Totti seems to have already had an impact.
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.
I added a new easy feedback/suggestion/question form to the About page. If you have any questions about finnhorses you would like me to find an answer for, or would like to have your own horse photos or videos shown here, just contact me and I’ll see what I can do.