The Icelandic Horse is a unique breed
that has been integral to Icelandic culture and history for over a thousand years. The breed is believed to have descended from horses brought to Iceland by Norse settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries, and it has remained relatively unchanged since then due to Iceland’s isolation from the rest of the world.
Icelandic horses were originally used for transportation, farming, and warfare, and they played an important role in Icelandic society. In the 12th and 13th centuries, they were even used to transport bishops and other high-ranking officials across Iceland’s rugged terrain.
Over time, the Icelandic Horse became known for its unique qualities, including its small size, thick coat, and five natural gaits. The breed was also selectively bred for its surefootedness, stamina, and ability to navigate difficult terrain, which made it a popular choice for long journeys and transportation.
Today, the Icelandic Horse is a beloved symbol of Icelandic culture and heritage. It is still used for transportation and farming in some parts of Iceland, but it is also a popular breed for riding and competition both in Iceland and around the world. The breed is protected by Icelandic law, and horses cannot be imported into Iceland, ensuring that the breed remains pure and unchanged for future generations to enjoy.