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  • The Icelandic horse is a special breed that developed from horses and ponies taken to Iceland by Scandinavian settlers in the the 9th and 10th centuries. They are long-lived, very strong and have few diseases as Icelandic laws restrict import of animals to the island. The Icelander displays two gaits in addition to the typical walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds.

    Through the centuries it has been used for traditional farm work and transport and in the past it was called “the man’s best servant” because of its strength and loyalty. We used to say that there was an invisible thread between a man and his dog and his horse.

    Nowadays the Icelandic horses are popular for leisure in Iceland, Europe and North America. They are very hardy and staying out in the cold winter weathers is not a problem for them as long as they are well fed. The only time they prefer shelter is when it is cold, rainy and windy.
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