Originally Posted by Kansas Spice Girl View Post
Adorable cmarie! I have no experiance with Icelandics... how big do they get/ what are they used for, or what do you use them for?
They get around 13'2 or 3', you can use them for anything, I use mine for trails mostly, and breeding. They are really fun to ride. I have one young stud that has been started on cows. They are great family horses very friendly and easy to handle and train. They have no natural predators so they aren't spooky they don't have the pray response to things having been isolated since the 900's. They are considered the only purebred horse there is because of the isolation. Once they or any tack leave Iceland they can't go back. They have the smoothest gait of all the gaited horses, they are 2 1/2 times stronger than the average horse, they live to be in their thirties, they have no equine diseases in Iceland, and I haven't heard of any genetic problems with them. They are very hardy and easy keepers. They have personality plus. Don't let the size full you they can carry a 250 lb person all day without a problem, they are great cart horses they love to pull. They are good jumpers, I had one young stallion that could clear a 5 foot fence at a stand still, he would just hop over like a deer. The bad thing about them is they are hard on fences, they walk through wire fences like nothing tough hides like a cow, electric fences have not effect on them. You can't ride them until 4 they are slow to mature because of the muscling and bone structure. They are mouthy they don't bite but get you with their lips. My opinion is they are great horses I don't have to worry about my grandkids around them even the studs, they love the kids, I can put all 3 of them on Agi, the stud in the picture, and he go really slow with them, no I don't let them ride him alone I lead him, they aren't strong enough to turn his head he has a 3 foot thick neck, he direct reins and leg pressure with 3 sets of legs doesn't work.
Here are pics of another mare Vina and my other stud Rex.