Icelandic Horses

I have been fond of the Icelandic horse for a long time. I have published on book about the Icelandic horse HROSS .

The Icelandic horse in unique in many way, the main reason is the fact that this horse bread has been with us here in Iceland since the first Viking brought them here in 874.

I shoot all my images of the Icelandic horse in color but I change them to black and white. I found that works best in most images.

The Icelandic horse changes his fur between summer and winter to be able to withstand the harsh Icelandic winter.

I find the horses more interesting to photograph during wintertime as the horses grow longer hair they become more photogenic to me. If the weather is bad that only ads to the graphic I’m often looking for.

In Iceland we have about 80.000 horses witch is a lot considering the fact Iceland hole population is only about 325.000 people. If you drive around the country site you will soon find a lit of horse behind fences along the roads. During summer time Icelandic horses are also keept in the highlands of Iceland and collected in September each year.

Here are also some facts from Wikipedia

The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. The Icelandic displays two gaits in addition to the typical walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. The only breed of horse in Iceland, they are also popular internationally, and sizable populations exist in Europe and North America. The breed is still used for traditional sheepherding work in its native country, as well as for leisure, showing, and racing.