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Icelandic Horses
This page last updated:
1/11/16
Icelandic Horses are the most pure breed of domestic horse that exists. Iceland does not allow import of any horses, including those who have left Iceland, and they are the only horses there. They are also raised very naturally in Iceland, creating a very hardy breed who can survive through the elements on their own. The average size for an Icelandic is 13-14h, although they are considered horses vs ponies. They have no issues carrying full grown men for hours, they are a very strong breed! The come in many colors. What Icelandic horses are most well known for is their gait called the Tolt. This is a four beat, very smooth gait that people love to ride. Aside from the tolt, Icelandics also walk, trot, and canter/gallop (for some reason, canter and gallop are grouped together in this breed). Some Icelandics can do an additional race gait called the Flying Pace. Those who do are said to be 5 gaited, while those who don't are called 4 gaited. Icelandics are a VERY interesting breed, and I encourage you to learn more about them!

We have a very small breeding program of Icelandics here.
Vinda from Schmalztopf
Vinda is a 1999 Icelandic mare. She is 13.1h. Vinda means horse with silver mane. She is a silver black (aka silver dapple). She is WONDERFUL to ride. She will go wherever I've asked and nothing phases her. She has a slow tolt that is very comfortable to ride. Without any jumping training, I took her to a hunter pace in the fall of 2014 for fun. I decided to see what she'd do with some small jumps, and she took them with no problems. We did the hunter pace in 2015 as well, and won the slow division. She goes swimming in the lake with me in the summer. We do a lot of trail riding. I started competing with her at HLP's trail challenges, and she came in 3rd in the 2015 year end placings out of a HUGE novice class. She is in foal to our previous stallion, and I cannot wait for our first Icelandic foal to be born in Feb '16! We are keeping this foal ;) Vinda is NOT for sale.
Spurning from Schmalztopf
Spurtning is a 1994 Icelandic mare. She is about 13.1h. Her breeder named her Spurtning, because her blaze reminded him of a spark, but said the registry changed it to Spurning since Spurtning isn't an Icelandic word. Spurning means question. Spurtning is a sweet girl. She is not broke to ride, but my friend, whom I got her from, said she has sat on her. I have saddled her a couple times. She is blind in one eye, so working on that side can make her nervous. Because of this, I may not pursue breaking her. I just enjoy spending time with this sweet beauty :)
Not for sale.
Geyfa from Schmalztopf
Geyfa is a 2001 grey Icelandic mare. She is about 14h. Geyfa means snowstorm. She wasn't handled a lot prior to coming here, and we are still working on her trust. She was pretty friendly with her previous owner (who is her breeder). She comes up to me and eats out of my hands no problem, but only lets me touch her if I bribe her with peanuts ;) Time will tell if she will be broke to ride or just be a beautiful broodmare for us. Either way, I really like this girl. Not for sale.
Sunna fra Arbakka
Sunna is a 1993 Icelandic mare. Sunna means sun. She was imported from Iceland as a young girl. She was greenbroke when she was younger, but since then has been a broodmare in a herd of Icies on 60 acres. She would prefer I didn't mess with her much, but she can be bribed easily with horse cookies :) She is offered for sale with Pretta to the right home.
Pretta from Extreme Farms
Pretta is a 2003 palomino Icelandic mare. Pretta means tricky, cunning, crafty. She has an old shoulder injury that prevents her from being saddled (I'm not sure if she could be ridden bareback?) so she will have a home here without worry about that. She is not halterbroke (she lived in a herd on 60 acres), so we have our work cut out for us. She hasn't been here very long, but she won't let me touch her yet. She is interested and comes over to me, but stays out of reach at all times. I took her in to give her a safe home, since the injury limits her possibilities. She is offered for sale with Sunna to the right home.
Loki From Meant To Be
Loki is a 2015 grullo Icelandic colt. He will hopefully be our her stallion. He has a wonderful personality and a great mind. I've ponied him on trails and he does great. I've taken him to a trail challenge, and while some things were VERY scary to him, he would stop and think about them, and check them out a bit once he realized he was safe. I think he's going to be a wonderful riding horse in a few years! NOT for sale.