The Mag­i­cal Ice­landic Horse

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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.

AN­DREA BAR­BER PHOTO

Ice­landic Horses, among the old­est, purest horse breeds, are made for win­ter-rid­ing con­di­tions.

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