I'm considering getting an Icelandic Horse for the family. They're a very nice size for a child - not too intimidating and not too hard to mount, yet they're tough enough for me and my husband to ride as well.
I'm familiar with the breed and its history. I've ridden them on two occasions, and I like them. I'd like to hear from someone with personal experience with them, whether you think their temperament would be OK for a child or too much to handle.
Are they generally sweet-tempered and gentle or can they be ornery?
Are they strong-willed/stubborn or eager to please?
Are they easy keepers or chow-hounds? I assume easy keepers. If they were chow hounds, they wouldn't survive long on Iceland