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Suomenhevonen päihittää koneen rankametsässä (YLE Savonia 7.9.2011)

Mies ja hevonen.

Finnhorse stallion Viklari with his owner Seppo Kröger

Photo by YLE / Minna Kaipainen

Every third horse in Finland is a finnhorse. The amount of these horses was highest in the 50s, when there were as much as 400 000. Nowadays there are about 20 000 of them.

Seppo Kröger from Suonenjoki has been around finnhorses practically all his life. Since childhood he remembers the finnhorses were part of their everyday life: taking crops to the mill nd milk to town, wood from the forest and – of course – to church on Christmas. At war they were irreplaceable due to their calm  and tough nature.

As a co-worker a finnhorse is very humble.

– You could say they hav brains where they are supposed to be. They are wise horses and easy to school to anything. Besides they are not so tender to get sick and do not ask much, thanks Kröger.

Fuel is needed only at rest

The finnhorse population dropped in the 80s. Effective machinery put them out of work on busy farms.

Kröger still feels that finnhorse has its place on crops and forest farms. He uses Viklari actively for working at softened fields and young forests where machinery could make more damage than profit. He has calculated that it is also cheaper as nowadays the fuel prices have gone up dramatically.

Old equipment works just fine

Working equipment is not manufactured anymore, but one can find very well preserved sleighs, harrows and even swamp shoes for horses on the farms. If they have been stored in a dry, cool place, the equipment is most often quite easily fixable or just fine for taking back to work straight away.

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