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Horses of Camel Hill

We breed and raise two types of horses: Friesians and Fjords.

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Below is information about the breeds.  If you would like more information about stud fees and/or foals for sale, please contact us.

Friesian

The Friesian (also Frisian) is a horse breed originating in Friesland, a province of the Netherlands. Although the breed's conformation resembles that of a light draft horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. During the Middle Ages, it is believed that the ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe. Through the Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages, their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor. In the Late Middle Ages, heavier, draft-type animals were needed. Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern-day Friesian horse is growing in numbers and popularity, used both in harness and under saddle. Most recently, the breed is being introduced to the field of dressage. Their color is usually black, their size ranges from 15 to 17 hands, and they are powerfully muscled, agile with elegant action, of thick mane and tail, and have feathered hair on the lower legs.

Fresian Stallion

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Norwegian Fjord Horse

The Fjord horse or Norwegian Fjord Horse (known in Norway as a Fjording or Fjordhest) is a Fjord Horserather short but very strong breed of horse from the mountainous regions of western Norway. It ranges from 135 to 150 centimeters (approximately 13.1 to 14.3 hands) in height and weighs from 400 to 550 kilograms (about 880 to 1210 lb). Though some Fjords may fall under the traditional cutoff between horses and ponies, it is always considered a horse, regardless of height.

The Fjord horse is one of the world’s oldest breeds, and has a long recorded history of pure-breeding without crossbreeding from other sources. The ancestors of the Fjord horse migrated to Norway and were domesticated over 3,000 years ago. Archaeological excavations at Viking burial sites indicate the Fjord horse has been selectively bred for 2,000 years.

Fjord HorseThe Fjord horse has its own unique conformation, which is a blend of draft horse muscling and bone, with smaller size and greater agility. It has a strong, arched neck, good feet, and a compact, muscular body. Despite its small size, it is fully capable of carrying an adult human and pulling heavy loads. The hair coat is smooth and shiny in summer, but longer and furry in winter. The mane is long, thick, and heavy, but is usually clipped to between two to four inches so that it stands straight up, making grooming easier and accentuating the horse's strong neck and full-length dorsal stripe. There is some feathering on the legs.

Fjord horses have quiet personalities. They like their partners and usually try their best to please you. They are very quiet and calm even as colts. They are great horses for children because of their personalities.

Breed information courtesy of Wikipedia.

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