My previous post referred to the commonly held but false belief that Iceland banned the import of horses around 1000 AD to prevent the spread of disease into the herds. In reality such a law was not passed until 1882.
- A heir for inherited property was regarded as mentally incompetent if he could not identify the front versus the back of a trough-saddle or type of wooden saddle.
- A husband had to provide his wife with a fit horse if they were riding to a meeting with the Archbishop, regardless of which spouse initiated the meeting
- Mounting and riding a horse without the owner's permission called for major outlawry.
- If a man hires a horse to ride to the assembly and it gets galled, the horse has to be rested for two weeks.
- If a man shakes a rattle at another man's horse at a baiting while that man is on an assembly trip and the rattle scares the horse, the law calls for lesser outlawry. If not on an assembly journey there is a fine.
- Docking a stud horse's tail calls for lesser outlawry. Docking the tail of horse travelling to an Assembly or a wedding is lesser outlawry. Docking a tail and touching bone is lesser outlawry. Otherwise docking a tail is a fine of three marks.
- Wounding a horse with no harm is a four ounce fine. Wounding a horse with over five ounces worth of damage is lesser outlawry.
- Men of a household are to provide their own horses if they have them; otherwise the house owner is to provide horses if they go to assembly.
- If a man owns woodland on another's property, he may not keep horses there overnight.