The Magical Icelandic Horse
Icelandic Horses, among the oldest, purest horse breeds, are made for winter-riding conditions. Their 1,000-plus year history of isolation near the Arctic Circle has honed their senses and bodies. They’re hardy, calm, and willing, and possess surprising strength and stamina. Size averages 13 to 14 hands high, yet they carry adults with ease. Ride at a walk, trot, or tolt (a smooth, four-beat lateral gait), or step it up to a brisk canter or an eye-watering flying pace. Find out more information about the breed from the United States Icelandic Horse Congress (866/929-0009; www.icelandics.org).
Ready to go for a test ride? Head to Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm, located in the Green Mountains of Waitsfield, Vermont (www.icelandichorses.com). — Rhonda Massingham Hart, a lifelong horsewoman, longtime equine journalist, and book author based in Washington state.
Icelandic Horses, among the oldest, purest horse breeds, are made for winter-riding conditions.