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Article written from a lecture given at the autumn meeting of Norges Fjordhestlag about the way of thinking and acting for genetic variation through mare lines and sire lines.

By Inger Grønntun. Translated by Inger Helene Hagen Sira

Is conservation of different stallion and mare lines ensuring genetic diversity of the Norwegian Fjordhorse as a breed?

I have for several years tried to study what we refer to as stallion and mare lines within the Norwegian Fjordhorse as a breed. There seems to be diverging views on the matter. Some consider stallion and mare lines relevant in conservation breeding, whereas others put less weight on the significance of it. In the Autumn of 2020, I held a lecture on the subject at the autumn meeting of the Norwegian Fjordhorse Association, and there I sought to discuss the possible significance of different lines in the Fjordhorse conservation breeding. This article is based on my abovementioned lecture.

The hypothesis raised is: Would conservation of different stallion and mare lines be an important tool in ensuring biological diversity in the Fjordhorse breed?

My answer to this question is yes, and below I would like to touch upon why.


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