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Icelandic horse

Equus ferus caballus


Icelandic horses weigh between 330 and 380 kilograms and stand an average of 132 and 142 cm high, which is often considered pony size, but breeders and breed registries always refer to Icelandics as horses. Several theories have been put forward as to why Icelandics are always called horses, among them the breed's spirited temperament and large personality. Another theory suggests that the breed's weight, bone structure and weight-carrying abilities mean it can be classified as a horse, rather than a pony. The breed comes in many coat colors, including chestnut, dun, bay, black, gray, palomino, pinto and roan. There are over 100 names for various colors and color patterns in the Icelandic language. They have well-proportioned heads, with straight profiles and wide foreheads. The neck is short, muscular, and broad at the base; the withers broad and low, the chest deep, the shoulders muscular and slightly sloping; the back long; the croup broad, muscular, short and slightly sloping. The legs are strong and short, with relatively long cannon bones and short pasterns. The mane and tail are full, with coarse hair, and the tail is set low. The breed is known to be hardy and an easy keeper.The breed has a double coat developed for extra insulation in cold temperatures.


Heathlands and woodlands.


An Icelandic horse scoping me out. These Icelandic horses are free to roam the heathlands and woodlands of National Park Veluwezoom. Spotted in National Park Veluwezoom, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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Jae 3 years ago

Thank you for the kind comment, Deb10.

Deb Bee
Deb Bee 3 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

sunnyjosef 8 years ago

Congrats Jae..

Jae 8 years ago

Many thanks everybody for the kind comments and likes. I am very pleased and honoured.

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Beautiful! Congrats of the SOTD!

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

Awesome! Well deserved SOTD

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

Congrats Jae

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Lovely ! Congratulations Jae !!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Congrats Jay! These are lovely images.

VivBraznell 8 years ago

Congrats on the SOTD Jae :)

armadeus.4 8 years ago


Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

congrats jae!

dcslaugh 8 years ago

Jae, don't stop now!!

AshleyT 8 years ago

Congrats Jae, this beautiful portrait has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!



Jae 8 years ago

ghehe Yes it's a chubby one :) Fat enough to make it through the winter.

AshleyT 8 years ago

It is so chubby and adorable haha. Love those tiny, fuzzy ears!

Jae 8 years ago

Thank you for the kind comment, armadeus. And I totally agree with you, horses are awesome animals.

armadeus.4 8 years ago


Jae 8 years ago

It certainly was, Marta. There were actually three of them, though only the one in the photo was curious enough to come up close :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Nice encounter!

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Rheden, Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 26, 2015
Submitted on Oct 27, 2015

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