Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fun Facts About Icelandic Horses

·         Icelandic horses come from Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice (volcanoes and glaciers).

·         Icelandic horses originally came to Iceland on Viking ships.
·         Icelandics can perform two more gaits—tolt and flying pace—than a Quarter horse.
Odin riding Sleipnir--Wikipedia
·         In Norse mythology, the god Odin rides the 8-legged horse Sleipnir.
·         Icelandic horses were given as gifts to the Danish king.
·         Icelandic horses have been fed herring (fish).
  • Icelandic horses are known as the Bridges of Iceland, since people could not drive completely around Iceland the 1960s due to lack of suitable roads--people rode horses to visit the more inaccessible parts of Iceland.
·         Some Icelandics have cannon (leg) bones as thick as some Clydesdales (draft horses).



·         Icelandic horses are related to the Mongolian pony.
·         If an Icelandic horse leaves Iceland, it can never return.
A Viking ship--Wikipedia
·         The Icelandic horse has a longer intestine than other breeds of horses enabling it to get more nutrition out of poor grass.
  • Icelandic horses were buried with important Viking chieftains.
·         The Icelandic mare Tulle lived to be 57 years old in Denmark.
·         The dwarfs in the 2012 movie The Hobbit ride Icelandic horses.
·         Some Icelandic horses can change colors by season—for example be a chestnut in winter and summer and be a white body with chestnut mane, tail, and legs in spring and fall.

 

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