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The Feldýr - 'Fell Deer'
These tall, sleek, exotic looking equines are rare and difficult to obtain.
Their origin is relatively unknown, as these horses can be found in each corner of the world. Though, there is speculation that they could be of Nordic root...their name for example, 'dýr' means 'deer'in old Norse terms. It would describe their doe-like features, the eyes, nose and body build.
Since becoming domesticated over time, these equines are incredibly versatile and are used in many disciplines, eventing, endurance and racing are the most common. For some reason, they do not suit well to Western disciplines.
The Feldýr possess a light frame body type, no matter their discipline and level of training, but their strength and stamina increases and it is for that, that these horses are bred for, and widely sought after.
They have been described as exotic, and perhaps possessing certain arabian features for example, the dished head and slender neck. These features add to their streamlined physique.
Their ears are large and long, with a smooth curve. They grow directly upwards from the top of their head and can swivel 180 degrees. They serve the main purpose of enhanced hearing and particularly prevent overheating when running long distances.
These horses can grow to any height from 15.2hh onwards up to 17.1hh.
Being a versatile breed, these horses move gracefully thanks to their long legs, and have a springy, bouncing prance-like gait...which is similar to an extended trot, but with a longer moment of suspension.
Their coats come in all standard solid colours and variations, roan is very common.
Dominant white is rare and in much demand, like the Nukra (pure white) Marwaris of India. Patterns like tobiano/overo/sabino/rabicano and variants are unknown as of yet.
These equines are identified by their look mainly, the ears, the black, or dark rims around their large eyes and their small sand/gold coloured shiny hooves.
They can possess any face marking (or so we know so far) but no leg markings, unless they have been cross-bred.
Manes and tails; owners of these horses tend to keep their manes short, roached or completely hogged to allow full view of their slender neck. The tails however, are kept loose depending on discipline and preference.
Fully grown and long, a Feldýr's mane and tail hair curls into ringlets the longer it grows.
The Feldýr are known to possess a content and easily-pleased disposition, they can live alongside livestock and get along with pets and children.
However, on the other side, Feldýr cannot be pastured together in herds because they are extremely territorial.
In the wild, a herd of Feldýr is commonly seen consisting of one stallion, his mare and a foal. The foal will grow, and find him/herself a life partner and continue that way. If two herds meet, the stallions may defend their families, often to the death...but we don't know too much about them just yet.
Only when a mare is in season, can a stallion be present in her space for covering.
I will add more info as time goes on.
Most who own a Feldýr, tend to name them after Gods/Goddesses and other deities.
My stallion, Dionysus, competing in dressage.
My broodmare, Astraea, at liberty.
Another movement photo of Astraea.
The conformation of a well-bred Feldýr.
"Eros", one of the founding five stallions.