Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Icelandic Horse

Contributor(s): Bob Langrish


  • Pony.
  • Icelandic Horse   Icelandic Horse  .
    General information
  • Very old and pure Icelandic horse breed.
  • No horses have been imported to Iceland for 800 years.
  • Introduced to Iceland in the ninth century.
  • Used commonly for work and sport.
  • Highly regarded by the Icelanders.
  • Very popular in Europe, USA and Canada.
  • Has five-gaits:
    • Walk.
    • Trot.
    • Fast gallop.
    • Pace.
    • Tolt (a four-beat running walk).
  • Surefooted and strong.
  • Good stamina.
  • Calm and friendly.
  • Very willing.
  • A versatile riding horse for adults.
  • Norwegian Fjord   Norwegian Fjord  -> Celtic Pony.
    Principal uses
  • Farmwork.
  • Riding.
  • Competition.
  • Draught.
  • Mining.
  • Registered.

Biologic Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Hendricks B L (1995) International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 8-8061-2753-8.
  • Ball C (1994) Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85076-500-6.
  • Hartley Edwards E (1994) The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-7513-011-59.


  • Bunadarfelag Islander, Bendahollinni v/Hagatorg, PO Box 7080, IS-127, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.