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Furioso-North Star horse

Furioso-North Star horse

Country Of Origin Hungary
History and Background The Furioso-North Star is a horse breed developed in Hungary at the Mezőhegyes stud farm. Today it is considered a warmblood breed, noted as a breed with a sound, durable build capable of light farm work, yet with a refined appearance that reflects its Thoroughbred influence.
There were two primary stallions that are considered foundation sires of the breed. The first was a Thoroughbred stallion named Furioso, foaled Hungary in 1836 and who, beginning in 1841, was crossed with local Hungarian mares. The second was another Thoroughbred stallion, North Star (foaled 1844), who was imported from England in 1852, who was also crossed with local mares and possibly with horses of Norfolk Trotter descent. Some crossbreeding with Nonius horses may also have occurred. Initially, the two bloodlines were kept separate, with the Furioso line used to produce riding horses and the North Star line producing driving horses, but the lines were merged in the late 19th century.
Use Today Agriculture and light draft work, Riding horse
Height 16 to 17 hands high (64-68 inches, 163-173 centimeters)
Colour Bay, Black, Chestnut
Characteristics The Furioso horse is the type of breed suited for farm work and travel. It has a very muscular body and stable contour. Its head is usually straight and well-formed relative to the body. The neck is lean and brawny. Its withers are extended while its back is rigid. The shoulder is inclined but well-built. The legs are muscular with compact joints while the hooves are hard. The Furioso, more often than not, comes in shades of bay, though very rarely it can be black.
Personality and Temperament The Furioso is a dual-purpose horse which can be used as an excellent sporting horse and as a farm worker. This horse is very determined, especially during long hours of labor. It adapts easily to new environments, is easy to train and is very gentle.
Other Considerations Once a popular breed in neighboring Romania, the Furioso-North Star is now said to be endangered there.
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