Thursday, July 31, 2008

Misty and Stjarni in Alaska

This is Misty and Stjarni, Icelandic Horse, in Alaska:

River Trip with Lorraine

This is Lorraine with Cookie, Icelandic Horse mare, taking a ride down by the trails of the Santa Margarita Riverbed.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Icelandic Pony

Icelandic horse
Originally uploaded by Arnold Bjornsson
Love this photo!

Icelandic Horse Crossing Water

I'm coming
Originally uploaded by anna.andres
An Icelandic Horse picks it's way over the stones to get to the other side of the water.

Old Leira

Old Leira
Originally uploaded by hkvam
Leira, Icelandic Horse, aged 25, laying down to rest.

Two Icelandic Horse Need Homes

This is a mare and a gelding, aged in the teens, located in Georgia, who need homes. Have not been ridden in several years; a little summer eczema. The owner would like to sell them together.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Summer Eczema Sweet Itch

Some Icelandic Horses can be victims of summer eczema (sweet itch). A higher percent of imported Icelandics develop SE than domestic Icelandic Horses.

From an owner of an SE horse:

We are at the height of the SE season here and at the time of year , when in the past, we have been in bad shape - no tail (rubbed off), scabby face, sores on chest and belly, etc.

I am happy to report that we are in much better shape this year and I really attribute it to being proactive before a problem developed. We do have some itchiness and scratching (the bugs are really bad right now) but nothing like we've had in the past - very much at a manageable level.

I started my Icelandic Horse mare on ground flax seed this winter and switched her to BOSS this spring (just because of the convenience) which I think helped her general skin condition. Then as soon as it got warm enough for bugs I started her on EquiSpot and I put SWAT and Desitin (used on alternating days - Swat 1 day, Desitin the next) on her ventral line. Now that the bugs are really bad I have started putting M-T-G under her front legs at the elbow (the bugs really like that area, too).

I think getting started on this regimen before we started seeing signs of SE made a huge difference - if you wait until you see the signs, it's like you never catch up. Even though she is still a little itchy, I wouldn't call her anymore uncomfortable than most horses this time of year.

I am soooo grateful because it is awful to see them suffer when they are eaten up with the cullicoide reaction. I went back and figured it up and my mare was in the states about 7-8 years before the SE developed.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


A story by Micki and Julie Collins, about their Icelandic Horses:

"Dropi was gasping. I was gasping too. The stout red and white Icelandic horse rolled partway onto his side, belly-deep in quicksand. Standing over him in shin-deep water, I urged him forward. As he lunged gamely, his nose splashed underwater, once, twice, three times before he paused again."

Read more here

Knol Article about Icelandic Horses

An article about Icelandic Horses on Knol:

Icelandic Horse

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Trausti and Cows

Trausti, Icelandic Horse, had a session of exposure to chasing cows.

Friday, July 25, 2008


Some despooking practice sessions with Icelandic Horses:

Meg describes: Finding treats on shiny auto windshield sunscreen, under bucket, by the tarp and flag. (windy day. Our other horse was too nervous to come up to the scary tarp objects, but was watching his buddy with interest.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Icelandic Horse Conformation

Here are a few links with information about Icelandic Horse Conformation:

Necks: Necks

Legs: Legs

Back: Back

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

IceHorses Map

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

Monday, July 7, 2008

Ground Work with Young Icelandic Horses

Many of the owners of young Icelandic Horses use obstacle courses to do groundwork with the youngsters. They love it! It makes them smarter and always wanting more. It helps build strong bonds and relationships with the owners.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Icelandic Horse Neck

We'll take a look at the general conformation of the neck of the Icelandic Horse.

Here are four external physically tangible points to check:

[] Length (short or long)

[] Form (thick or thin)

[] Setting at the withers (high or low)

[] Setting at the base (high or low)

A dot has been marked where the neck ties in at the base.

A line marks approximately the middle of the body, longitudinally.

A high set neck ties in at the base way above the middle line.

A low set neck ties in below the midway point.

Icelandic Horses generally have low set necks

Besides the low set, how does the neck of the Icelandic Horse differ from that of another breed?

Continued on the next page.