Thanks to 🔷 @ltroldborg🔷 / Lisset Troldborg for taking us to the Jutland Peninsula, in Denmark. Although she is aboard an Icelandic, researching the area I discovered the Jutland horse breed.

The Jutland Horse

The Jutland horse can be traced back to the 12th century, although 9th century pictures of Danish warriors show them riding horses which appear quite similar to the modern Jutland. The Jutland was used not only in a draft horse capacity, but was also a popular mount for the knights of medieval times. They had both the strength and the stamina to excel at carrying the heavy armor, although now they are not commonly used as riding horses. There is a theory that the Vikings took Danish horses into England and that the Suffolk Punch developed from these, and there are certainly similarities between the modern Jutland and the Suffolk. During the 18th century, Fredericksborg blood was introduced to the breed which was responsible for improving their paces.

The Jutland is also believed to have Cleveland Bay and Yorkshire Coach Horse blood, which is the combination that gives rise to its heavy, but attractive, draft appearance. The Jutland is closely related to the Schleswig Heavy draft horse of North Germany, which can also be traced back to Oppenheim.


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