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Pure Breeds

Akureyri, Iceland - September 2014
We were on a private tour of Akureyri (port) and inland when we came upon these Icelandic horses. I was riding in the front passenger seat of the Landcruiser and whistled to get them to turn their heads to me. It worked! Iceland is one beautiful country and a photographer's dreamland.

Iceland is very protective of their breed of horses. No other breed of horse is allowed into the county, therefore, there are no hybrids or other than pure Icelandic.

The Icelandic horse is a unique breed of smallish horses that came to Iceland with the first settlers from Norway 1100 yrs ago.
Icelendic Horses have up to 5 gaits (instead of 3 like other horses); walk, trot, canter, tolt, and flying pace. They are known for their tolt, a smooth four-beat lateral ambling gait, which is very comfortable and fast. They can appear in 42 different color combinations, with more than a hundred variations.(from Wikipedia)

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