Reilu-Metri’s adventures have been published in the Hevosurheilu newspaper for a while and the first album came out in 2011. The little sabino-coloured, pony-sized stallion with tremendous confidence has melted many hearts and grown to be “the” talking horse and favourite character for Finnish horse people -especially the finnhorse fans, of course!
So far his adventures have been published only in Finnish, but I believe also the non-Finnish-speaking audience can enjoy Leena’s curvy drawing style.
These seven fine horses made it through the inspection and were given their licences for breeding. Congratulations!
This is a good overall look to all four breeding sections as well. Trotter (J), Riding horse (R), Work horse (T/Ta) and Pony-sized horse breeding section were all covered in this show. All photos by Hippos/Eero Perttunen
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)
“WHAT?! It’s December already?”