Saturday, July 6, 2013

Icelandic Horses in the Mideast

Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said brought six Icelandic horses--five mares and one gelding--from Germany to Oman in late 2011. TEquestrians in Oman are getting lessons on how to ride the tolt on hese first Icelandic horses to be sent to the Middle East. 

"According to the German horse trainers, the horses are adjusting well to the heat and humidity. Their places of dwelling over there are in shadowy and air-conditioned places in very well equipped horse stables."

The Eidfaxi link below has a video of a training session. Unfortunately I could not link to it.

The Sultan showed these horses on Oman’s National Day and the celebration for the Sultan’s birthday.  "The shows included a display of horse-drawn carriage with combined drive, celebrations ride, canon carriages display, horse riding display by cavalry mounted band, show race by Icelandic horses, cavalry performance for the disabled and show race of a horse without a saddle."



Sources:  http://icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news//The_Sultan_Sold_on_Icelandic_Horses_0_385858.news.aspx?cat_id=16567&ew_20_r_f=6&ew_20_r_t=6&news_category_id=

http://en.eidfaxi.is/news/2011/12/icelandic-horses-oman-video

http://www.omannews.gov.om/ona/english/newsDetails.jsp?newsID=65497

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