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The Døle horse is the largest of the Norwegian
native breeds. Dølehesten is
a light draught horse, has also been called the Gudbrandsdals
horse and the East Country Horse denoting the area where the
breed originally came from.
As early as 1870 the dølehorse type was established
- the heavier type being preferred. Veikle Balder 4 is to be
considered the founding father of this breed. Interestingly
on his sires who is descended from the
thoroughbred stallion Odin by Partisan. Veikle Balder 4 is the
first state owned
stallion to og with mares in mountain pastures of Heimdalen
and Sikkilsdalen. In size, the dølehorse
range from about 145 - 155 cm. (14.1 - 15.3 hands).
The movements should be active and free in all 3 gaits. The overall impression
should be one of a real quality, small draught horse.
The Dølehorse population (2002) has about 4000
registered, where about 175 foals are registered yearly.
The Døle horse is to be found
thorough out the country although the majority is still found in
the East of Norway.
Landslagets aim is to promote the breeding
and use of dølehorses
in Norway, and make the breed known in other parts of the world. The
does not have many examples outside of Norway, only a few are registered
in Sweden (Nordsvenske).