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Icelandic Horses

Icelandic Horse breed is of the purest and oldest breed in the world. To keep these horses disease free and guarantee breed purity, Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animal are not allowed to return.

Even though Icelandic Horses are short and have many characteristics of ponies, pound-for-pound they are the strongest breed in the world. In general, they stand 4 to 5 feet tall and weigh 600 to 900 pounds.

While other horses have three gaits (walk, trot and canter), Icelandic Horses can “tolt” which is a smooth four-beat lateral ambling gait and a fast yet comfortable ride. It also can perform a pace called “flying pace” this is when the same side of the legs move together and there is a moment of suspension when the horse does really appear to be flying. This pace is commonly used in pacing races.

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Icelandic Horses