The Icelandic Horse

The Icelandic Horse has a thousand year history. Purebred since the 10th century, the Icelandic Horse is renowned for being hardy, athletic, independent, spirited, friendly, adaptable, and sure-footed, with five natural gaits. These are the Walk, Trot, Canter, Tölt, and Pace. Averaging 13 to 14 hands tall, the Icelandic Horse is a versatile family riding horse, bred to carry adults at a fast pleasing gait over long distances. It is distinctive for its thick and often double-sided mane and long tail, and remarkable for its wide range of colors. In addition to formal horse shows and competitions, Icelandic Horses are widely used for cross-country rides and long-distance trekking. They have also competed in dressage, jumping, and endurance races.

If you are considering purchasing an Icelandic Horse, we have prepared a buyer's checklist that might be helpful.

The Icelandic Horse Quarterly, the official publication of the US Icelandic Horse Congress, contains a wide range of information about the breed and its uses. The most current year's issues are available online for active Congress members. Older issues are available to anyone. Click here for the online archive. See the Topic Index to find the stories you are interested in.