Although the commonly known statement “a good horse has no colour” is true to a degree, people often have their favourites and will discuss the range of characteristics of colours to much depth.


The history of the Icelandic horse is interwoven with the history of the Icelandic nation. For centuries it was “the most indispensable servant” and has served that role beautifully through the ages. Even in the old Sagas of Icelanders, based on stories from the 9th to 11th century, the horses are celebrated, treasured and respected. Through the centuries the horses have been a source of tales, songs and entertainment and it is only through the horse that life in Iceland was possible at all. The Icelandic saying “a man on a horse is a king for a while” describes beautifully the relationship between the people and their horses.

In the 21st century, the role as the “most indispensable servant” is no longer what it used to be, but the Icelandic horse continues to play a significant part in our lives. Horses of Iceland open up a magnificent world of adventure. As a riding horse, they grant access to a community of people where friendship, good company, and enjoyment of life are key features. Furthermore, the Icelandic horse provides their humans with an intimate link to nature, while encouraging outdoor activity and quality time with friends. This new role is perfectly suited to the breed’s original characteristics and nature. From all the special qualities of the horses of Iceland, including the smooth gaits, unique history, longevity and more, the strong bond they form with people has probably contributed most to their popularity.