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Descended from the early Swedish work horse this breed has only been recognised as a separate breed since 1900. A compact, active and powerful Draught Horse originally influenced by the Dole and in the nineteenth century by the introduction of Belgian and Clysdale blood. This later influence produced more strength and substance to the breed. The government- subsidised stallions-rearing institute at Wangen has greatly improved breed standards, with rigorous tests for stamina and conformation.

The North Swedish stands at 15.1 to 15.3 h.h. it is normally bay, dun, brown, chestnut or black in colour with a thick mane and tail. The head is relatively large; the neck is short; the body is deep; the limbs are short and strong with plenty of bone and some feather. It is a hardy breed, with renowned longevity, exceptional resistance to equine disease and an economical feeder. It has good, active, long paces, an admirable kind temperament and it is a strong, enduring, willing worker. All these qualities make it a popular choice for forestry and farm work.



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