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This is an Icelandic stallion that I found along the road, when we were driving along side Húnafjördur. During the summertime prized stallions are placed with a group of mares and their foals in order to bring us new, great horses :)

I think his expression is so typical for the Icelandic stallions, proud, beautiful, wild and free. If we can tame them it is because they let us.

The icelandic horse is rather small, about 125-145 cm high, but they are strong enough to carry a full grown man for hours. They are real survivors, smart, brave, fast and intelligent.
Unlike ordinary horses, they are blessed with two more gaits, except the ususal three (walk, trot and gallop), the Icelanders also have tölt and pace.

The tölt is called "the gift from god", it is very pleasant to ride in tölt, the rider sits comfortable almost completely still.
Well trained horses goes in tölt in different speed, from almost none speed at all to very, very high speed.

We also compete with the horses by showing their gaits, the ultimate competition horse is beautiful and powerful, shows the gaits with high movements (legs) and are able to be controlled in different speed. (I will post some pictures of from the Nordic championships for Icelandic horses later, and show you some tölt!)

I was close to drive to the owner of this beautiful stallion and ask for a good prize, I fell in love with him!
He posed for my camera like a photo model, (and that is not the way horses usually act) I have 10 more pictures of him in different angles, I have posted some of them as a WS.
The first word that come to my mind when I saw him was Pride, Courage, Beauty.
And that is three words that describe the Icelandic horse very well.

Tech: Scanned from 135 mm, "repaired" with Neat Image, PS: auto levels, saturation + 10, USM, added frame.

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