Aww she is gorgeouse.they are quite hardy ponies arnt they so dnt they kinda forage for their own food.Is it because they are adapted to living in harsh weathers that she doesnt need feeding much.do you have to keep icelandics as a heard of icelandics or do you think they would be fine with other breeds of horse or pony?
Barnrat is right. They can be together will all kind of horses, but often, since the icelandic horse have one or two more gaits than other horses, the owners might be in the same stable, because they're doing the same things with their horses. They don't jump that much, but they can be really good in dressage, when they learn the difference between trot and tolt (it's more easy form them to tolt than to trot). :)
Not all icelandic horses have both tolt and pass (as we say in Norwegian, I don't know the English word for it) But they either have one of them, mostly tolt. Icelandic horses have more problems to learn to trot than to tolt, because on Iceland, the dominated part in their raising is to be able to actually tolt and not that much troting. Often when I ride, and I want to trot and she starts tolting, I have to either stop and try again, or stand in the stirups and have totally loose reins, because when they are getting their head down, they normally stops tolting. Because in tolt they have to hold their head quite high, so they can have max. Benefit.
O rite ok.yeh I can see that their heads are high..nd that is good that they can live out with any breed.do they cope well being stabled at all or do you think they would just prefer to live out all year including the harsh winter times?..nd you mensioned that they arent that talented at jumping ..is that all icelandics or is it just some like all horses some are more talented then others.
In the winter time they are getting lots of hair, so often it will be to hot for them inside a stable. They can perfectly live outside in -25 C. So very few lives inside. About the jumping. The icelandic horse as a breed are very heavy. They aren't that kittenich! So if you want a real jumping horse, I would prefer to take another breed. But to jump as a hobby, they are excellent!
O ok.so if I just wanted to do some fun competing then they would be good.and that is great that they don't have to be stabled.Erm because they get so much hair in the winter times,do you think they can be clipped,say a blanket clip or something if it is in heavy work,so it is working quite hard and getting sweaty?