Individual Card | Norway Holiday


Individual Card | Norway Holiday

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Norway Holiday

5" x 7" Vertical Card with Metallic Silver Envelope
photo | Anne Mari Sønsteby, Hallindal, Norway

Copy on the Back of the Card Reads:

Hallingdal, Norway
photo © Anne Mari Sønstebyønsteby-foto

Besides her striking photos in and around Hallingdal,
what I love about Gulsvik-based, amateur photographer Anne Mari,
is the byline on her Instagram profile: ‘The best way to avoid housework is
to live outside.’ She especially loves riding in Norwegian winters, where
temperatures as low as -13f ( -25c ) are not uncommon,
the nights are long, and ‘the light is completely speiselt’.
Anne Mari’s family has been breeding Døle horses for over 60 years
and her father uses this still-vigorous 23-year old mare, name Blåfaksa,
( meaning ‘blue horse hair’ in English ) to drag timber. Dole horses frequently have Norwegian names that refer to a Norwegian location, farm name, family name,
or name that says something about their color or markings.

Previously known as the Gudbrandsdal, the Døle is one of the smallest of the draft breed. Originally from the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, it’s thought to be descended from the Dutch Friesian between 400 to 800 bc. Breeding stems back to about 1700
in Norway. After 1860, the Døle horse became an independent breed and by 1967 the National Døle Horse Association was established and now works closely with the
government—which owns many of the top stallions—in an effort to preserve the breed. Average height is 14.1 to 15.3 hands, with feathered legs.
The Døle is intelligent and a quick learner, agile, quiet, and robust.
Often chestnut, brown, or black, this white Døle—born black-—is less common
and is referred to as “blue”.

A portion of the proceeds donated to
The Equine Land Conservation Resource | Saving Land for Horses and Horse-Related Activities

Ride On! ™