Icelandic ponies are as wild and free as Iceland itself. They are strongly built with a thick coat. These self-assured, freedom-loving horses are full of character and bursting with life.
Showjumping, dressage, leisure riding, driving in harness, therapy – no discipline is too difficult for the versatile Icelandic pony. Unlike most other horse breeds, Icelandic ponies also have two other gaits: tölt and flying pace. Both gaits are very pleasant for riders as well as being incredibly fast. That’s why competitions for Icelandic ponies usually take place on special racetracks which allow them to display their gaits perfectly. Icelandic ponies even have their own world championship.
Although Icelandic ponies are very small, even adults can ride them.
- Scientific name: Equus ferus caballus
- Global home: Worldwide
- Conservation status: Least concern
- Primary habitat: Grassland, Savanna