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This is the only officially recognised breed of Finland and there are two
varieties - the Finnish Draught and the Universal. These two types were
descended from many different imported breeds that were crossed with the
Finnish native ponies.
Today's Finnish horse is a good general-purpose horse used as a draught
horse and under saddle.
It stands at up to 15.2 h.h. and is strong, active and good natured. The
conformation is good and sturdy with a pony like quality. It has an
attractive head with kind eyes and alert ears; the neck is powerful and
crested; the shoulder is sloping; the girth is deep; the back is short and
strong; the hindquarters are round and muscular with a fairly low set tail;
the limbs are strong with good bone and well shaped feet. It makes a good
trotter when selectively bred - trotting races are very popular in Finland
and it also has the power and staying ability for timber hauling.