About the Icelandic Horse
The Icelandic horse has been in existence for nearly a thousand years. The breed tends to be smart, sure-footed, tough, athletic, versatile, spirited, and friendly. Most Icelandics bond deeply with their riders. Small and sturdily built, Icelandics typically stand between 13 and 14 hands tall. They are renowned for having five natural gaits: walk (fet, in Icelandic), trot (brokk), canter (stökk), running walk (tölt), and pace (skeið). All Icelandic horses are either four-gaited, including the tölt, or five-gaited, if they also have pace. The Icelandic horse is one of few breeds with international evaluation standards, meaning that breeding horses from all over the world are judged on the same 10 points of conformation and 10 points of ability under saddle. Icelandic horses come in a wide variety of eye-pleasing colors, including every horse color pattern known except appaloosa. Increasing in popularity worldwide, Icelandics are used for pleasure riding, long-distance trekking, and competitions in which the clarity and expressiveness of the various gaits are judged. Among the most prized of the breed are confident, competent riding horses able to carry adults at a smooth tölt over long distances. While competition horses get lots of “oohs” and “ahs” showing off their gaits, family riding horses are valued deeply as well. If kept in good condition, Icelandics can be ridden well into their twenties.

Sigrun at Solheimar has a proven record of matching riders with good Icelandic horses. She maintains strong contacts in Iceland and throughout North America and can help the aspiring rider find his or her ideal horse. She can then train horse and rider to work together and become a harmonious team, whether your goal is riding in competitions or pleasure riding in nature.
"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire."
-Sharon Ralls Lemon