Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Jutland Horse/ Den Jyske Hest

Kærup Holme, Vejlerne, North Jutland

We always say hello to this friendly Jutland in Vrads village, Mid Jutland

Christmas in Randers & the Jutland Horse in Randers by sculptor Helen Schou

The Jutland horse is a horse breed originating from Denmark. It can be traced back to the 12th century. From the ninth century images of Danish warriors show them riding horses with similar characteristics.

In 1843 fifty Yorkshire stallions were imported to the newly established stud farm at Koldinghus Castle. In the first generation they were excellent, but their good qualitities did not last. After a long struggle the breeders succeeded in putting in the rest of the pure-bred Jutland horse in a preservation-work which made the race recover its strength. In 1862 the horse dealer Louis Oppenheim sent a red Suffolk stallion with white fetlocks to Denmark. It was breeded with the Jutland, which it brought so much good that it saved the Jutland horse and gave it the character and look it has today.

A rare sight, a grey Jutland

Originally the Jutlands were grey, brown, black and chestnut, red with white man and fetlock. Today the red ones are dominating. The grey have almost disappeared and there are only few black Jutland left. In the 1950s there were several hundred thousand Jutlands in Denmark. Today there are about 1000 left.

The Jutland horse has been used by the Carlsberg brewery for pulling their drays since 1928. Today, Carlsberg’s horses are used solely as 'ambassadors': at festivals and fairs, on special occasions for customers, and as a subject for the world’s photographers.

photo 2006,2008, 2009, 2010: grethe bachmann


Kittie Howard said...

I hadn't a clue a horse originated in Jutland -- what a fabulous place Jutland is -- such a rich history. All of the horses are beautiful, but the grey Jutland is truly magnificent. What a beauty! Thanks, Grethe. As always, a wonderful post.

Thyra said...

Thanks Kittie! I love those horses too they are so beautiful.