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Nordlandshest/Lyngshest horses, also known as the Northlandsrnhorse or Northlands pony, originated in Norway. They are the smallest of thernthree Norwegian national horse breeds. They originated in Lyngen, but wererngiven the name Nordlandshest in 1968 by breeders in that area. The name changernwas hotly disputed by breeders in Lyngen and surrounding areas, but arncompromise was later reached, and today their official name is bothrnNordlandshest and Lyngshest.

rnrnThe first documentation of Nordlandshest/Lyngshest horses daternback to 1898, in Lyngseidet, Troms. Organised breeding began in the 1930s, whenrnmost of the breed population lived in the northern counties of Norway. Many ofrnthem died and few were bred during World War II, and they remained endangeredrninto the 1960s.

rnrnThere were only about 15-20 left, mostly older mares, andrnonly one stallion; Rimfakse, from whom all Nordlandshest/Lyngshest todayrndescend. The breed was saved due to the efforts of people like ChristianrnKlefstad who laboured intensely to bring the breed back, traveling all overrnnorthern Norway to gather fertile horses for breeding. By 2005, approximatelyrn3000 horses were in the national registry, and about 200 foals are born everyrnyear. In 2013, approximately 2500 individuals were reported to be registered,rnwith annual births of approximately 200. rnrn rnrnNordlandshest/Lyngshest horses are a small and sturdy horsernwith drive and eagerness to work. They are surefooted and very strong consideringrntheir size. They typically have a little feather on their legs and they grow arnheavy winter coat. Their height at their withers varies between 12.1 and 14.1rnhands (49 and 57 inches, 124 and 145 cm), with most horses falling between 12.3rnto 13.3 hands (51 to 55 inches, 130 to 140 cm).

rnrn rnrnTheir gait is smooth, correct, and agile with goodrnoverreach. Emphasis is placed on good hock action in all gaits. Their trot isrnenergetic and ground-covering with good suspension. Their gallop is light withrngood rhythm.

rnrn rnrnThey are found in chestnut, bay, black, palomino, buckskin,rnsilver dappled bay, silver dappled black, silver dappled buckskin, and gray. BEC/Blue-eyedrncream individuals may not be accepted in the studbook. Star and blaze arerncommon markings, but blazes extending to the eye area, bald faces, andrnstockings reaching or exceeding 1/3 of the cannon on hind legs are discouraged.rnBlue eyes, white markings on the body, and "white reaching the skin of thernforelegs" are disqualifying faults.

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