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Icelandic Horse

Country of Origin: Iceland

Icelandic Horse

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Icelandic horses have a long and well documented breeding history in part due to their isolated and remote location. Known for their hardy and athletic build and happy nature these horses exhibit 5 different gaits and possess one of the purest bloodlines around.

Icelandic Horse


Horses arrived in Iceland in the ninth century when Vikings from Norway and the British Isles settled there. After around 1100 import of horses was forbidden in Iceland, keeping their breed unadulterated.

These animals remained the main form of transportation in the country until the first roads were built for cars late in the 19th century.

Today the horses in Iceland help to preserve the agricultural traditions of the people who live there. Horses play a large part in the Icelandic economy from horse racing to trading.


Average height 13 – 14 hands
Incredibly strong for their size and can easily carry adults
Possess 5 natural gaits
1. Walk – normal walking gait
2. Tölt – a smooth 4-beat gait similar to trotting
3. Trot – normal trotting gait
4. Pace – also called the flying pace, hooves on the same side touch the ground together, can be as fast as a gallop and used for racing
5. Center or Gallop – normal canter / gallop gait


Long neck with a thick or double sided mane and long tail

Traditional Colors:

bay | chestnut | black | dun | buckskin & palomino | grey | pinto | Occasionally roan


Versatile and eager
Intelligent and spry
Can cover long distances at a fast gait

Icelandic Horse


Show horse
Pleasure horse
Farm horse

Icelandic Products

Helpful Links

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United States Icelandic Horse Congress
Tolt News
Icelandic Horse Society of Great Britain

Where to Buy

The Icelandic Horse Farm
Icelandic Horses

Icelandic Studs

Tolt News
Icelandic Creations


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