GHGO
Gaited Horse Group of Ontario
This kind and gentle horse has survived over a thousand years in the harsh yet beautiful terrain of Iceland. The Vikings once brought this horse to Iceland before a decree was issued there to ban further importation of live animals to the Island to prevent the outbreak of Plague. Presently the ban is still upheld and the breed remains completely purebred. Once a horse leaves Iceland, they are not allowed to return. Iceland has no predators, but instead is a country with tremendous environmental dangers, such as quicksand, rock slides, rivers with changing currents. The ability to assess a situation rather than the instinct to flee, have been central in the survival of this breed. Therefore, these horses lack the “spookiness” that characterizes most horses. Due perhaps to their lack of fear of living things, they seek strong attachments to people and are quite nurturing and affectionate. One of the keys to enjoying Icelandic Horses is their well-rounded versatility. They are superb, natural jumpers, enthusiastic driving horses, and competent, talented partners in dressage. Endowed with tremendous stamina, Icelandic Horses stay healthy, fit and mentally well balanced with minimal training. Bred to carry adults smoothly and willingly over difficult terrain, Icelandic Horses bring their cheerful outlook and sensible attitude to each ride. Always willing and energetic, they are forgiving and patient with beginners, yet offer the competitive rider a challenging experience. The years of isolation have preserved in the Icelandic Horse traits once common to all European Horses. Among these are two unique gaits, the Tolt (running walk) and Skeid (flying pace) in which the rider experiences the sensation of floating over the countryside in a way that must be experienced to be understood. Accomplished equestrians are intrigued by the stamina and speed of the breed and are challenged to master the different gaits. Less experienced riders appreciate them for their smooth gaits, sure-footed way of travelling, and their levelheaded temperament. Icelandic's small size (13-14.2h) does not reflect their excellent strength. They can comfortably carry a rider up to 250 lbs. over great distances. The Icelandic Horse as well as being a loyal and trusted friend, is unique within the horse world! Icelandic Horse Links: Ontario Icelandic Horse Association http://oiha.ca/ Canadian Icelandic Horse Federation http://www.cihf.ca/ United States Icelandic Horse Congress http://www.icelandics.org/ International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations http://www.feif.org/
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This kind and gentle horse has survived over a thousand years in the harsh yet beautiful terrain of Iceland. The Vikings once brought this horse to Iceland before a decree was issued there to ban further importation of live animals to the Island to prevent the outbreak of Plague. Presently the ban is still upheld and the breed remains completely purebred. Once a horse leaves Iceland, they are not allowed to return. Iceland has no predators, but instead is a country with tremendous environmental dangers, such as quicksand, rock slides, rivers with changing currents. The ability to assess a situation rather than the instinct to flee, have been central in the survival of this breed. Therefore, these horses lack the “spookiness” that characterizes most horses. Due perhaps to their lack of fear of living things, they seek strong attachments to people and are quite nurturing and affectionate. One of the keys to enjoying Icelandic Horses is their well-rounded versatility. They are superb, natural jumpers, enthusiastic driving horses, and competent, talented partners in dressage. Endowed with tremendous stamina, Icelandic Horses stay healthy, fit and mentally well balanced with minimal training. Bred to carry adults smoothly and willingly over difficult terrain, Icelandic Horses bring their cheerful outlook and sensible attitude to each ride. Always willing and energetic, they are forgiving and patient with beginners, yet offer the competitive rider a challenging experience. The years of isolation have preserved in the Icelandic Horse traits once common to all European Horses. Among these are two unique gaits, the Tolt (running walk) and Skeid (flying pace) in which the rider experiences the sensation of floating over the countryside in a way that must be experienced to be understood. Accomplished equestrians are intrigued by the stamina and speed of the breed and are challenged to master the different gaits. Less experienced riders appreciate them for their smooth gaits, sure-footed way of travelling, and their levelheaded temperament. Icelandic's small size (13-14.2h) does not reflect their excellent strength. They can comfortably carry a rider up to 250 lbs. over great distances. The Icelandic Horse as well as being a loyal and trusted friend, is unique within the horse world! Icelandic Horse Links: Ontario Icelandic Horse Association http://oiha.ca/ Canadian Icelandic Horse Federation http://www.cihf.ca/ United States Icelandic Horse Congress http://www.icelandics.org/ International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations http://www.feif.org/
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