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Happy Finnhorse day 2015

Today we celebrate the Finnhorse day, the day to honor our one and only Finnish horse breed with waving flags. The studbook for the Finnhorse was founded 6th of September 1907, so our horse has been documented for 108 years and about ten generations now. This is already the ninth official “Finnhorse day” when we raise our flags and carry a few extra carrots to the barn. ;)

Today is also the first day of “Kummihevonen” charity campaign. It’s organised by Hippolis, The National Equine Competence Association of Finland and voluntary horse owners.

The main goal of the project is to bring horses and horse people closer to the surrounding society with joy and warmth. Horses can visit daycares, schools and retirement homes, for example. There are all kinds of horses involved, but many of them are finnhorses (see them all here).

We decided to take part with Epeli. The local school is only 5 km away from our stable, so it would be quite easy to take Epeli to visit the school. The project lasts from September to December 2015.

I started a blog and an Instagram profile for Epeli, so his new friends could follow his everyday life more easily. :) You’ll find Epeli’s blog at epelihuisko.wordpress.com and as @epelihuisko on Instagram. It’s only in Finnish, but hopefully foreigners enjoy the photos as well. ;)

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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.

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(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

Facebook

Suomenhevostalkoot (page)

Suomenhevosen päivä – liputuspäivä (event)

#suomenhevostalkoot (tag)

Suomenhevonen, paras hevonen! (group)

Twitter

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

Instagram

#finnhorse, #suomenhevonen

 

Happy Finnhorse Day 2014!