Meet the Icelandic Horse… What It’s All About

Meet the Icelandic horse, the Icelanders who ride them, and Iceland, where they ride them. A group of friends and an even larger group of friendly horses go out together to enjoy each other. That’s what it’s all about and why I’ve placed this video as the introduction to the Icelandic horse and to my website.

Check out the tölt, the smooth gait where the rider seems to float through the air on the horse.? Compare this to the bouncy trot which some riders are using for training or to cross some rough terrain.

Yes, it is common for a herd to go loose like this.? They follow the lead riders although you will see some free-lancers who have no problem getting back in line. All over the country, you can see horse trails like this one along the side of the roads.

Notice how the riders take a break and get off the horses so they can rest. This is also typical. They will ride at a good clip, in tölt, of course, for about a half-hour and then let the horses rest and graze. With a loose herd, very little is done at a walk!

Everyone, especially the horses, enjoys an outing like this!

So, where is this magic valley, anyway?

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8 thoughts on “Meet the Icelandic Horse… What It’s All About

  1. I have enjoyed every minute of this video. Thank you so much for sharing. May God keep you safe and well. If I ever win the lottery I am coming to your lovely land and ride your wonderful horses.

    1. Thank you Stan it always nice to learn something new.

      1. Grace,

        I am delighted that you are enjoying the Icelandic horse videos. We have 5 of them at home, not at all far from that dollhouse!

  2. When I saw this site I jumped for joy. I’m leasing a pony that I believe is a lcelandic hores and so I’m incline to buy it.

  3. oh Lorie,
    So happy for you. This is a wonderful site. Hoping your pony is an Icelandic horse. They truely are special.
    Still waiting to win that lottery :). Best wishes

  4. Is the Icelandic horse a worker or only for pleasure? Thanks for video.

    1. Both, but now they are used mostly for pleasure. The farmers still use them for roundups because they are so sturdy in the rough terrain. Before WWII, though, they were the main source of transportation in Iceland. The climate was so harsh and the roads so bad just about everyone traveled on horseback. To give you an idea of how many there are, today there are about 330,000 people in Iceland and there are about 80,000 horses!

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