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Furioso-North Star

Furioso-North Star
Alternative names: Furioso
Country of origin: Hungary, Slovakia, Romania
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

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 on local Hungarian mares. The second was another Thoroughbred stallion, named North Star, who was imported from England in 1852, also crossed on local mares and possibly on horses of Norfolk Roadster descent. Some crossbreeding with horses of Nonius breeding 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.

The Furioso breed averages 16 hands in height (64 inches (163 cm)) and is predominantly bay, liver chestnut or black. It is a medium-heavy horse that is noted for keeping the refinement of Thoroughbred features.

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