Porosenkko moved to our herd as a calf, in his first winter, from the herding cooperative Muonio, about 150 kilometres north from us. Porosenkko is friendly and well tamed and always comes to meet you hoping to get some treats. But when handled, he is a bit timid and unpredictable, and as such he is not making a career as a sleigh reindeer. Although Porosenkko’s name might sound a bit political, he is not a politician either. Poro is the Finnish word for a reindeer.
Porosenkko often has his own ideas about many things, for example how the training should or should not be done or where the trail leads. He easily surprises a handler who is not prepared to Porosenkko’s own, sometimes quite unique, ideas.
In the rutting season Porosenkko is a hard worker as a breeding male, but also quite a fighter. He is very fast and is going to try if his speed is fast enough for reindeer races. He has not participated into the trial runs yet. If he is willing to race, he might make a career as a race reindeer. If not, he is going to continue his career as a breeding male.