After the amazing landscapes, the second interest of tourist in Iceland is for the horses. With 16 days in Iceland, I managed to came up with hundreds photos of them. They are so majestic! Here are some info about them and my best shots.
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Icelandic horses are everywhere
For centuries the horse was the only means of transportation in Iceland. Today, I read, there are close to 80,000 horses in Iceland (for 320,000 people…). The horse is used for pleasure riding, travelling, competition and sometimes to collect the sheeps. Wherever I was driving, they were there.
Icelandic horses are majestic
Those horses are small, sometimes pony-sized, with straight profiles and wide foreheads. They are very muscular with short and strong leg. The breed has a double coat developed for extra insulation in cold temperatures.
Icelandic horses are different
As Iceland is an island, the breed remained pure and importation is forbidden to keep that. Being isolated, theya re now very distinctive from other breeds (even their blood is apparently significantly different)
I particularly enjoyed all their haircuts. What do you think?
Icelandic horses all have something special
Although I know I already had plenty of pictures in my camera, I kept stopping for more. There was always something special, one with interesing colors or hairs. apparently there are around 40 colors and colour varieties in the Icelandic horse.
The surroundings vary tremendously
Icelandic horse are known for their sure-footedness and ability to cross rough terrain. So I saw them in many different surroundings making me stop for yet another photo.
Icelandic horses are very photogenic and friendly
The horses tend to not be easily spooked, probably the result of not having any natural predators in their native Iceland. Icelandics tend to be friendly, docile and easy to handle.
Sometimes they were even too friendly. I was staying at the enclosure and they kept coming to me. If I was moving on the side to take pictures of horses further away, they would move with me and stand in front of my camera… it drove me nuts
And simply adorable!
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Do you understand now why I took so many pictures?