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Hopkins
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USA
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Posted - 29/04/2016 :  15:44:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My daughter owns a moderate sized ranch in Texas USA and she has just rescued a female Norwegian fjord horse from an abusive situation.

She is quite excited to have this horse and has asked for suggestions for a new name that might suit our Norwegian ancestry too.
I've told her about family names from our own Vestlandet history but wonder if there are names for horses in Norway that are common or particularly favored.

Sorry to be so far off my favored topic of genealogy, but I promised my daughter I'd ask.

Kċarto
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Norway
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Posted - 29/04/2016 :  17:35:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The most famous and known name on a fjord horse in Norway is BLAKKEN.
All children in Norway have sung the children song "Fola, fola, Blakken"

Edvard Grieg's Goodnight song for Blakken known as "Fola, fola Blakken" link

A female fjord horse would be named BLAKKA

Kċre

Edited by - Kċarto on 29/04/2016 19:09:18
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jwiborg
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Norway
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Posted - 29/04/2016 :  17:48:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A name connected with Norse mythology could be nice, like Embla (the first female on Earth) or Freyja (the fertility and love goddess). Or Sleipnir, Odin's horse and the fastest horse in the world, according to same mythology. Another horse was named Gullfaks (Gullfakse).
Or typical norwegian names that are very much used on the windy norwegian west coast, like Kuling ("gale") or Bris ("breeze"). If you want double names, you can use Liten kuling, Stiv kuling or Sterk kuling which are different grades of gale...

What color does the horse have? It's also quite common to have a name connected to the color.

Edited by - jwiborg on 29/04/2016 19:26:27
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Hopkins
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USA
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Posted - 29/04/2016 :  19:48:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I'm not a horse person - but I'd call the horse "blonde". A light buff color. There is what appears to white and dark hairs iin the mane and forelock? but no special attention has been paid to that area - yet. I spotted several YouTube videos last night which were instructional for how to trim the mane on a fjord horse... who knew?

If you've seen the recent children's movie "Frozen" the animated horse in that feature is the same coloration.

Thank you for these suggestions. I'll be forwarding them to my daughter. But I'm sure she will be reluctant to choose one that she thinks she can't pronounce close to properly... and we speak "Texan" here. ha ha

Thank you again my friends!!
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jwiborg
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Norway
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Posted - 29/04/2016 :  20:42:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


90% of all fjord horses have the color brown dun ("brunblakk" in Norwegian).
I think I would have voted for Embla...


Edited by - jwiborg on 29/04/2016 20:44:21
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Hopkins
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USA
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Posted - 29/04/2016 :  23:56:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's a real beauty and a great photo, Jan Peter.
I've forwarded all your name suggestions to my daughter and now I'll just have to wait until she makes a decision and informs me.

She's just getting to know her newest horse that she is so thrilled with so I don't know how long she will take.

Thanks again!
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