Icelandic Horses – Riding Tours

Icelandic horses

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Icelandic Horses

There is only one type of horse in Iceland – the Icelandic Horse. They are very special because they are direct decedents from the viking horses that came over with the settlers 1000 years ago. Their breed has been kept pure and they are isolated from all other horse breeds. Icelandic horses are thought of as the original European breed.

They are similar in height to a pony but must not be called the “P” word. A pony cannot do what these horses can do.

The Tolt

Icelandic horses create a special experience for horse tourists. The “Tölt” is a unique gait and has become a sought after experience for horse tourists. Horses are bred for their ability to Tölt and Icelander hold regular tölting events. Icelandic horses can run on ice. This is another unique trait.

Special dates in the Icelandic calendar include the horse round up when horses are brought back from the mountains after the Summer.

Horses can be seen any time of the year in Iceland because 90% are kept outside full time. They are said to be tough down to -25 c. Icelandic horses have a special relationship with humans because during the Winter the horses are dependent on humans. This makes them a very friendly breed.

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By Tony Prower

Tony Prower spent over 15 years photographing the landscapes of Iceland. Tony Prower is a pioneer of the Magic Cloth Technique and ran thousands of photo tours in Iceland over 10 years.