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Are Icelandic Horses suitable for adults?
Yes they are. Although they are between 13 and 14 hh, they can easily carry any adult. no matter how heavy or tall. Due to their conformation (shorter backs, very strong legs) they are able to carry weight....[more]

When can you start training an Icelandic Horse?
They might seem to be ready to start at the age of 3, however they are physically not ready before they turn 4-5 to be able to start their training. People in Iceland seem to have been understanding the horses way better then people elsewhere. They do not start to train their horses before they turn 4 and really start with advanced training at the age of 5-6. Actually, no matter which breed, only then the horses are able to cope with training....[more]

Do all Icelandic Horses have 5 gaits?
No. There are the four-gaited and five-gaited ones. The four-gaited horses have the tölt next to the normal three gaits. The five-gaited ones have the tölt and the pace....[more]

Do they always show the tölt naturally?
No, it depends on whether you have a four-gaited one, which prefers the tölt, or one, which prefers to trot; the latter only shows the trot while free in the paddocks, the tölt has to be trained. However, when established well with training they are as easy to get into tölt as a natural tölter. A five-gaited one usually shows all gaits loose in the paddock....[more]

For a first owner would you recommend a five-gaited horse?
No, not specially. You might as well buy a well trained four-gaited horse. With a five-gaited horse there can be a risk of creating a piggy pacer (slow pace), i.e. a horse which is too lateral and stiff in the back. Buy a horse that suits you and your abilities, ask advice from an experienced Icelandic Horse rider....[more]

Can you use any saddle on an Icelandic Horse?
Yes and no. The most important is that the saddle actually fits the horse and secondly, suits the riders needs. You have to bear in mind you are an adult riding a small horse and therefore it is very important the weight of the rider is spread properly over the back of the horse. A good saddle spreads the weight over the width rather than the length like they used to do....[more]

When is the best time to buy an Icelandic Horse?
That is a matter of personal preference. If you would like to follow your young horse over the years, you can start buying it as a weaned foal. Of course you have to wait until they are 4 years before you can start with the actual training....[more]

Are all the colour variations available Down Under?
There are many colours available. However, a good horse has no colour. It totally depends on what you want, e.g. breeding, leisure riding, competition etc. Choose a horse that suits you and not a colour that suits you!...[more]

Do we have to clip them in the winter?
It depends on where you are living and how you are training. If e.g. you are living in Queensland, you might have to clip them during the winter time. If you are on the South Island, New Zealand and train full on during the winter time, you might have to clip them partially....[more]

Do they have to wear shoes for training the gaits?
When starting to train them, it might help to put limited, extra weight on their hooves. However, leave this up to a specialised trainer! You do not need to have them wear shoes, e.g. (natural) trimming with using special hoof boots can have the same effect....[more]

How much land do you need for an Icelandic Horse?
They do need grazing for at least 8 hours a day. Since they seem to have a longer intestinal track then average horses, they are able to get more out of the grass. Do not put them into a rich fertilised paddocks and preferably let them graze the approximately 8 hours spread over 24 hours....[more]

Do they need company of other horses?
A horse is a herd animal and needs at least one other horse as company to be able to socialise in a natural way. Ideally we should not interfere too much with their lives until we start training them at the age of four....[more]

Do they suffer from summer eczema in New Zealand
No, the fly, which causes summer eczema, Cullicoides ssp, does not exist in New Zealand and therefore the allergic reaction to this fly does not occur over here....[more]

Can you cross-breed with Icelandic Horses?
Yes, in principle you can. However, this is not advisable and not common. You will loose the strong aspects of the breed, physically as well as mentally, and will not be able to predict the outcome. Icelandic Horses are unique because of their strong selection over more than 1000(!) years. Let us keep it that way. If you are looking for other aspects than the Icelandic Horse can offer you, you better choose another breed....[more]