|Blessi and Dannelle Haugen winning the grand|
championship in the Kitsap Saddle Club Extreme
And in the post "Shaped By the Land of Fire and Ice," we speculated that that the Icelandic horses who were more likely to survive the extremes of the Icelandic environment were more likely to think rather than react. “Horses learned that standing motionless, while the worst of the storm passed, made them burn fewer calories and protected them” (Bjőrnsson & Sveinsson, 2006, p. 38).
So my theory is that Icelandic horses as shaped by their traditional environment have a higher SEEK factor than most other breeds. In many open trail obstacle courses, you will often find the Icelandic horses dominating the field. What do you think?