Icelandic horses were brought to Iceland by the vikings all the way back in the 9th and 10th centuries. These horses are some of the oldest breeds of horses in the world. These horses are popular all over the world and although they may be short and small like a pony, they are not ponies but actual horses. They are some of the purest breeds of horses in the world and are absolutely beautiful.

Icelandic horses come in all different colours, which make them all so unique and special. They come in over forty two different colour combinations. Some of these horses actually change colour during the different seasons. They are friendly horses who have amazing temperaments and they are often used as therapy horses. They are are very cute and cuddly and they enjoy human interaction which makes them a very popular breed. They love to be ridden and they make the ideal riding companion. They are special, unique and highly sought after horses that are admired by people from all over the world. The Icelandic horse makes a perfect family horse because of its amazing nature and temperament. Other horses can get aggressive and even dangerous but these horses are gentle in spirit and kind to humans.

One of the most fascinating aspects about the Icelandic horses is that they have five gaits. Most horses usually only have three or four. These horses are incredible and make excellent riding companions as they can walk, trot, cantor/gallop. Furthermore there is also the tölt and the flugskeið (flying pace). The told comes naturally to these horses and it is not trained, it’s part of their genetic make up. The cantor and gallop is considered one pace but by some experts they are considered separate gaits. There is an international federation of Icelandic horses which are made up of 18 countries with the inclusion of New Zealand.