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Dole Gudbrandsdal (also known as Dolahest or Dole) horses originatedrnin the Gudbrandsdal Valley near the North Sea coast of Norway. It is likelyrnthat the Friesian played a part in the breeding of the Dole. The Friesiansrntraded heavily with Britain, Norway, and the Rhine Delta during the period fromrn400 to 800 A.D. rnrn 

rnrnThe Dole horse of today is found in two types: a heavy workrnhorse and a light draft horse (the cold-blooded trotter). The differencernbetween the two types has been greatly reduced in recent years due to interbreedingrnbetween the types. This interbreeding is now becoming very common and the breedrnis becoming very uniform.rnrn 

rnrnThe heavy type of Dole horses are tested for pulling powerrnand trotting when presented for grading. X-rays of the knee and lower leg arerntaken in lighter trotting type, and animals with defects are disqualified forrnbreeding. Stallions of this must have achieved satisfactory results on therntrack before being used as a stud. Three year olds may be issued a temporaryrnstallion license if their conformation, breeding and trotting ability arernacceptable. The quality of Dole horses have improved during the last severalrnyears due to the organized selection of breeding stock.rnrn 

rnrnBay or brown are the predominate colors of the Dole horsesrnbut black and chestnut are also fairly common. There are a few grays and duns.rnSome have white markings on their head and legs, especially among animals ofrnthe trotter type.rnrn 

rnrnDole horses are one of the smallest cold bloods. They havernan excellent trot and great pulling power. They are agile and active and showrngreat stamina.

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