The history of the Lyngen horse.

In the North of Norway with little food and human caring a breed of hardy, clever, indurant and functional horses developed. The horses where verry small and had all of the original instinkts from the wildhorses since they verry often had to provide their own food in the Winter. Often they had to take the seewead from the fjords and left overs from fish as extra nutrition to get threw the Winter. They had a verry thick wintercoat to protect against could rain and snow. Their sommercoat on the other hand was short and shiny.

Probably this was the original breed all over Norway and also the breed wich the Vikings brought with them to Iceland.

After the second world war ther was a lot of distruction in North Norway and of the breed there were left only about thirty horses. Mainly in the Lyngen arear where the breeding had the strongest fundation. That gave the name for the breed.

Since then the breed has bin bred systematicly and is now counting over 2000 horses. Of wich about 150 breeding mares and 55 breeding stallions. The breed is on the FAO list of endengered species. The owners of Lyngenhorses have one of the worlds rarest breeds and a real piece of norwegian herritage.

There are few horses of this breed abroad Norway. In Sweden there is a smal population and also in Danmark and Germany there are a few individuals of the breed.

Breed discription.

The lyngenhorse warries in height from 125 cm to 145 cm.

They come in a lot of different colours.
Black.
Brown Red.
Yellow. (Palomino.)
Buckskinn.
Blueeyed white. (Cremello and Perlino.)
Grey.
Silver black. (Black with grey or white mane.)
Silver brown. (Brown wath grey mane.)
Silver buckskin. (Buckskinn with grey mane.)

The horses have a good character, with forward movements, good movements in terrain and are vise. They often have the tölt same as the iselandic horse.

They are indurant and are ideal fore mountain trips. With good training they cane even compeet with most breeds in all competitions for horses of their size.