Photo Friday: Icelandic Horses

It was love at first sight.

Sure they are a little stumpy and rotund but they kinda reminded me of… well.. me.

You can see Icelandic horses everywhere while traversing the Ring Road however it isn’t often that you see them super close to the fence. You can imagine my glee when I hopped out of the car and they were more than willing to get up and personal. They even liked you more when you brought grass that was just out of reach.

I did learn one very important thing from our tour in the Golden Circle – NEVER call them ponies. Breeders will get very angry at you. They are just stumpy horses. Stumpy horses that have 5 gaits. Stumpy horses with 5 gaits that can no longer be called Icelandic horses when they are moved from the island.

They are very serious about this stuff.

But the horses are amazing. Enjoy!

Icelandic Horses

Icelandic Horses

Icelandic Horses





27 Responses to “Photo Friday: Icelandic Horses”

  1. Alouise October 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    I’m not much of a horse person, but these horses look so pretty. They seem to be saying, we’re sexy and we know it.

    • Erica November 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Oh damn you… I now have the song in my head. *sigh*

  2. Andrea October 13, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    What beautiful shots of beautiful animals! I fell in love with them too!

    • Erica November 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      It is hard not too. I wanted to pack on in my bag and take it home.

  3. Arti October 14, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    So cute and adorable! Nothing like the horses I see here in India!

    • Erica November 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      I don’t think I know what an Indian horse looks like.

  4. Kieron October 14, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    They’re so cute! Did you get to ride one? We weren’t the biggest fans of the ride itself but loved taking photos of them afterwards.

    • Erica November 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      We didn’t get to ride one (I’m so sad!) but I figure I’ll put it into the “next time” pile. 😛

  5. Maria October 14, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Think Alouise hit the nail on the head w/her comment above. They do seems too sexy for the catwalk. 🙂

  6. thetravelfool October 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Good looking ponies…aah stumpy horses. Not sure one would fit under me though.

  7. Jade - October 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Very cute… but definitely ponies! lol

  8. Natalie October 15, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Gorgeous with their funky hair styles!

  9. Cam October 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    I love the Billy Ray mullets!

  10. Natasha von Geldern October 18, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    So gorgeous! But my daughter concurs they are ponies. Blonde ponies.

    • Erica October 18, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      HAHA! You really should have seen the look on my tour guide’s face when they got called ponies. PRICELESS. Love it!

  11. Hogga October 18, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Those horses rock my world… kinda looks like the blonde mane ones are wearing wigs!

    • Erica October 18, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      Isn’t it crazy! And they are super furry in comparison to regular horses. I could have stared at their flowing hair all day.

  12. Emily in Chile October 18, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    I love them! I just want to kiss their little noses.

    • Erica October 19, 2012 at 4:29 am #

      RIGHT?! I wanted to take one home with me.

      “He followed me. I SWEAR.”

  13. Ali October 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    They’re so pretty! I tried horseback riding during summer camp when I was about 9 and did not enjoy it. But I still think they’re gorgeous animals. Love your pictures!

    • Erica October 20, 2012 at 4:16 am #

      How do you not enjoy horseback riding?! Besides the chafing going on – I love it!

  14. Larissa October 20, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Really gorgeous photos and I didn’t realize they were so special to Iceland. Been dying to go there so now I have one more very important reason. To meet my horse counterparts.

    • Erica October 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Their hair is so flowy. I’m super bummed we didn’t get the chance to ride one – the experience with the 5th gait is supposed to be insane.

  15. Abby October 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Waking up to the sound of a horse running towards me while camping near the Grand Canyon is one of my favorite memories. Reminds me of this.

    • Erica November 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      I think I would wake up panicking if I heard a horse running towards me while in a tent!

  16. Seattle Dredge October 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    aww soo good, I love them 😀

  17. Reena @ Wanderplex November 7, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Very pretty! They definitely have a distinct look about them and interest hair/fur color combinations.

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