The official breeding goal of Icelandic horses is to produce a healthy, fertile, and durable riding horse, a robust and yet elegant and versatile horse with five excellent gaits. The conformation should offer optimal natural balance, and the movements should be supple, high and ground covering in all gaits, giving an elegant and powerful image.
SMALL BUT NOT A PONY
The size of Icelandic horses can vary considerably, from just about 130 cm on highest point of withers, to over 150 cm. The average size of horses shown in breeding evaluation is just under 140 cm to the withers which is considerably taller than 30 years ago. The reason for horses growing taller is due partly to better feed, but also selected breeding.
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BREEDERS OF THE ICELANDIC HORSE
The horses of Iceland are a so called “gaited horse” breed, meaning that besides walk, trot and canter/gallop that all horses posses, the Icelandics also have two more to offer. Read more
Icelandic horses have probably the biggest colour variation of any horse breed in the world! Read more
The Icelandic horse is world wide known for it’s genuine and welcoming character; friendly yet also powerful! Read more
The official breeding goal of Icelandic horses is a healthy, fertile and durable riding horse, a robust and yet elegant Icelandic horse with excellent five gaits! Read more