Icelandic horses

Horse is very important in Icelandic culture. Until couple of decades ago there was low number of roads, suitable cars in Iceland, and the horse was not only a working animal but a good and reliable friend. One of the fascinating features of the Icelandic horse is its extreme purity. No infusion from outside blood have been made for 800 years and there is only one horse breed in Iceland. Since 1882 import of the horses is  forbidden by law and no horse which leaves the country can ever come back. That helps to protect Icelandic horses from diseases, from which horses in other countries suffer. This small, but long - lived and hardy horse is very universal, it is used for the farm work as well as for leisure, showing and racing. The Icelandic horse is a five - gaited breed. The gaits are walk, trot and canter/ gallop, like in other horses, additional gaits are tölt (very smooth) and skeið (the thrilling and fun flying pace).

 

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A friend
A friend
Beautiful horse in Langanes
Beautiful horse...
Chatting
Chatting
Chestnut horse
Chestnut horse
Crossing the river
Crossing the ri...
Crossing the river
Crossing the ri...
Horse riding
Horse riding
Horse riding - fun for everyone
Horse riding - ...
Horses
Horses
Icelandic horse
Icelandic horse
Icelandic horses
Icelandic horse...
Icelandic horses
Icelandic horse...
Icelandic horses
Icelandic horse...
Icelandic horses
Icelandic horse...
In front of Kirkjufell
In front of Kir...
In Hengill hot spring area
In Hengill hot ...
In the snow
In the snow
In the snow
In the snow
In wintertime
In wintertime
Kissing
Kissing
Next to basalt rock columns
Next to basalt ...
On the road
On the road
Smallest horseman
Smallest horsem...
Smiling
Smiling
With the colt
With the colt
 
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