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Theme: Islande

Stagecoach

Iceland: August 2005. An excursion to the landmannlaugar, most of Iceland website. The colors are fantastic just like the little Icelandic horses that are brought to the farm to gather the sheep in September.
For years he was the only means of transportation on the island. "The most useful servant" allowed and still allows to herd sheep in the fall.
It is small: 1.15 m to 1.35 m at the withers. It can track down his food under the snow. That makes him a tough and sturdy horse. He lives year-round except in winter release. It was introduced on the island by the Vikings and has not suffered from crossing. Strict laws protect it. No importation of horses is permitted, and a horse who left Iceland Iceland can not return to the island. These steps are designed to fight against all introductions of flies or other pests against which the race is not immune.
In addition to the 3-stage classic, it has two lateral gaits. To date, there are about 80,000 horses.

On the mainland, there are several farms and a dozen national organizations affiliated to the International Federation of Icelandic Horse. These horses bred on the continent sweep many awards in competitions.

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