The Norwegian Fjord horse isn't very big, but it has all the muscles, agility and heart of a great steed.
That's probably why the breed's nobility dates back more than 3,000 years.
Fjord horses will be the topic of discussion at the Nov. 21 Sons of Norway meeting, which is open to the public.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 418 N. Yelm St., Kennewick. Admission is free.
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Corrine Logan of Bothell will be the speaker. Logan, who has been a breeder of Fjord horses for many years, says the Fjords initially were used for farming the mountainous regions of Norway.
"Fjords today are used for many purposes," she said.
Some are used as work horses, while others are employed for trail riding or competition.
The Fjord horse is much smaller than other breeds, such as quarterhorses or Arabians. But what they lack in stature they make up for in muscle, grit and a gentle spirit. They also are devoted pets who will trust their owners implicitly, Logan said.
She proves her point when it comes to her stallion Ole.
"This summer we were having a bonfire on our property and Ole was closely watching to see what was going on," she said. "I decided to bring him over (near the fire). He was cautious but willing to trust me enough to walk within 18 inches of the flames. Stupid? No. Trusting and willing to do what is asked? Yes.
"If I'd have let him get hurt, our trust relationship would have been in for a disaster. During World War II, these horses were used in the mountains because of the reliable stability in rough terrain."
Logan will show a film that addresses the history of the Fjords, their importance to man and their renowned personalities.
"Fjords are know as the Golden retriever of the horse world," she said. "They truly love people. There are no moody mares, no mean stallions, just adoring horses."
For more information about these horses, go to www.willowsedgefarm.com.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org