Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Icelandic Horse Overbent

Overbent? Behind the bit? Punishment? Why?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Scooter's Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Scooter, the palomino Icelandic Horse gelding from Arizona.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Sweet Itch?

One of our readers questions:

"Can you tell me what this is? is it possible sweet itch? It is on my new horse's mane. He is imported. He rubbed his mane off at the previous owners place. His hair is falling out. There is a quarter sized spot on his side. Could it be rain rot? or mange? Vet is coming, but I wanted to ask here for input in case it's sweet itch."

Any input on this subject?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Icelandic Horse Images

Happy Holidays!

Here are some fabricated images of Icelandic Horses:

Icelandic Horse Connection

Monday, December 1, 2008

Icelandic Horse Pictures

Here are some pictures of Icelandic Horses:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

If Horses Could Speak, Gerd Heuschmann

Gerd Heuschmann has a book called Tug of War that explains how riding and equipment affects the horse.

See the previous post here:

Now, he has a DVD coming out, and here is a sample:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Icelandic Horse's Mouth

What's happening with the horse that is being ridden?

Why is it's mouth open?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Icelandic Horse Loves Watermelon

My Icelandic Horse loves to eat watermelon! It's a hot day, and the watermelon is refreshing and slurpy.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Icelandic Horses circa 1910

An old picture from about 1910 of Icelandic Horses in Iceland. At that time, they used regular bridles, no nosebands!

Originally uploaded by ookami_dou

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Icelandic Horse Natural Horsemanship

Icelandic Horses LOVE natural horsemanship. It's almost as if it was made for them!

They are very smart, and can easily learn the two-way communication between horse and rider.

They love to be tack-free! No bits are perfect for them since they have low palates. No nosebands are a great relief!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Poor Saddle Fit

Julie Goodnight helps a horse with a poor saddle fit that results in the horse's inability to ride smoothly.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Icelandic Horse from 1963

Yvonne, 1963, with her Icelandic Horse.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Horse Hoof Loading

This video shows the loading of a horse's hoof.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Gait Chart for Gaited Horses

This is the gait chart that shows the different gaits of gaited horses, from trot to pace. Every easy gaited horse, Missouri Fox Trotter, Tennessee Walking Horse, Peruvian Paso, Paso, Fino, Icelandic Horse, will do some type of gait on this chart, either diagonally timed, square timing, or laterally timed, if they are "gaited" (not all "gaited" horses have an easy gait).

Friday, September 5, 2008

Breed Good Legs

Let's breed good legs on the Icelandic Horses / Islandpferd so that they will not need boots for protection from the movement of crooked legs:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Islandpferde Alaska

Icelandic Horse in Alaska

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Icelandic Horses Resting

These Icelandic Horses have been riding for about four hours or so. The terrain must be hard on their feet; and perhaps some of them are carrying heavier loads.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Teaching My Islandpferd to Talk

I am teaching my Icelandic Horse / Islandpferd to talk to me, using American Sign Language cue for "talk" as her cue.

Bits and Icelandic Horse

These videos give educational information and descriptions of bits which will be helpful to Icelandic Horse (Islandpferd, Ijslandpaard, Islanninhevonen, Island Hest) owners.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yourtube Islandpferd

I am trying to get 1000 subscribers on my Icelandic Horse / Islandpferde youtube page!

Please help me reach my goal by subscribing to:

Just go to that page and click onto the "subscribe" button.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Icelandic Horse Mare

This Icelandic Horse mare and her foal meet a new horse:

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Natural and Artificial Gaits

There are natural gaits and artificial gaits for the Icelandic Horse (Islandpferd). Artificial gaits are obtained by mechanical / manipulated means.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Weight Watchers

Snerill, Gosi eða Sokkur?
Originally uploaded by brosandi
We have to watch the weight of Icelandic Horses (Islandpferd), as some have a tendency to put on weight easily. This can lead to founder, laminitis, insulin resistance, etc.

More information:

Here is another horse in Iceland that looks to be overweight:


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Icelandic Horse Islandpferde

If you belong to the Icelandic Horse email discussion group, called IceHorses at YahooGroups, you can add your name to the new YahooGroups map:

You do not have to give out your street address or any private information. You can input your website address as your profile page.

The IceHorses group is located at

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Where in the World Does Your Horse Live?

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Icelandic horse

Icelandic horse
Originally uploaded by th.egilson
Beautiful photo by Th.Egilson of an Icelandic Horse in Iceland.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Islandpferd For Sale

Here is the new Icelandic Horses (Islandpferd) For Sale Board:

Icelandic Horses For Sale

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Rallying the Troups

Trying to rally the troups (Icelandic Horses):

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Natural and Artificial Gaits in Icelandic Horses

Along with natural horsemanship, many people enjoy riding a gaited horse's natural gaits versus the "show" gaits which can be force or manipulated by mechanical means.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008


The Islandpferde / Islandpferd generally wears boots when shown. These are allowed in competitions and evaluations, but they are mechanical aids in regard to gait and actually skew the natural gait of the horse.

Let's show the horse naturally, and base his scores on natural gait and not artificially enhance gait.

If the horse needs "protection" because he may hurt himself with his own legs, perhaps he should not be in the breeding pool. Maybe his conformation is not that great. Horses with good conformation, nice legs that do not interfere with each other, and natural gaits should be the goal.