Finnhorse friends had an online event in celebration of the Finnish independence day and in memoriam of the war horses in Finland’s wars in the early 20th century. There were altogether 3729 participants plus 242 “Maybe”-participants (whatever that means), and 7843 others invited. Many of the participants wrote stories on the Facebook event’s wall about war horses and veterans in their families. I collected a few of those and translated them (roughly) just to show also my non-Finnish-speaking readers what overwhelming respect Finnish people have for their horses:
“There’s a lot of talk about Finnish young men not being able to go to war if necessary nowadays- I don’t know about that, but what I am sure of is that the Finnish horse would serve just as reliably as they did back then. Because this fine horse has proven itself to be so loyal and flexible over the years. Finnhorse is ready to exceed itself every day simply because of its remarkably good heart.”
“I remember how our neighbour had been to the war with his horse. Us children liked to go to pet the horse even if he was a bit unpredictable. The poor horse had got traumatized in the battles… For example he dropped down on his knees every time he heard a loud bang (a door, car etc.). Only as his master told him ‘they were ours’ the horse got up.”
Thanks to everyone who participated, it is always heartwarming to see how many dedicated friends the Finn horse has.