Horses propably came to Scandinavia form Asia, and the horses there are the descendants of the mongolian horse. The icelandic horse is the descendant of the horses that were in Norway in the time of the vikings.
The settlers came from Norway, the Western Isles of Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The foundation stock for the Icelandic horse was, therefore, drawn from all of these regions. The icelandic horse has without doubt kept it’s characteristics better than any of the breeds that are it’s forefathers.
One of the most fascinationg feature of the Icelandic horse is it’s extreme genetic purity. No infusions of outside blod has propably happened to the icelandic horses for over 800 years, and there is only one breed of horses in Iceland.
Here below you can find interesting pages about Icelandic horse back riding:
- Iceland total horse back tours
- Horse back riding
- Eldhestar – horse rental
- Ishestar – horse rental
- Randburg list of horse rentals