Icelandic Horses

24.5.10







Iceland breeds only one type of horse, the Icelandic horse. Seen just about everywhere dotting the countryside, they color the landscape in beautiful, picturesque fashion. No other horses are allowed into Iceland under any circumstances. Absolutely not. So strict with this policy, if an Icelandic horse leaves the country, it's not allowed back due to keeping tight control on the spread of disease, and keeping the breed pure.

One unique trait, besides their relative size, compared to other horses, is their gait. Even though I've only been exposed to horses on a handful of occasions I could clearly feel the difference in the Icelandic horse's step compared to other breeds I've ridden. It's quite interesting. 

I've always loved horses, and the Icelandic horses are especially cuddly and friendly, as one fellow traveler put it. I'd have to agree. Such beautiful, loving creatures.




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