How to Pick a Horse

Many of you have heard of Lukka and many of you have even bought horses through her! Here is a chance to go with Lukka as she travels to a farm to evaluate a new horse for her sales list. This video can also be a guide in what to look for when horse shopping.

How Iceland Gets into the Icelandic Horse

Is it a horse or a pony? Other than its size, gaits, and hair, is it really any different from other horses? There are some who would argue it is the spirit in this horse that comes from being raised in Iceland that makes it unique. Let’s see how they do it.

In the Joy of Horses!

This kid found a wonderful horse right there in her dad’s barn. Happened to be one of the top evaluated stallions in Iceland. And one of her neighbors just happens to be Mette Manseth, of Hólar. Ingunn is on her way to being a fine rider, to say the least, but watch her have fun learning!

A Beer Tolt

In 2000, the Vermont Icelandic Horse Club held a show that turned out to be as much regional as local. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day in August, just the kind of day when a cold one is really appreciated.

Costume Class

In 2000 there was a show in Vermont with a great costume class. Although not a traditional Icelandic event, the American costume class allows children of all ages to participate in some supportive and non-competitive fun. What is traditional Icelandic is how well these horses care for some of their scary-looking riders

Peanut Parade: Tots on a Trail Ride

For Americans of a certain age, this could be the Art Linkletter School of Icelandic Horseback Riding! The kids are a riot but these horses put up with it all. In fact, they steal the show. I think that this is one of the greatest selling points for the breed.

Part 2. Dagur does the Islandsmot

The Landsmot lives on throughout the following two years through constant conversations, second-guessing the judges, comparing riders and horses, watching videos, making wish-lists of breeding stallions and just plain gossiping.

Part 3. Back Home in Dalvik

I delayed my return flight home just so I could see Stebbi and Fridgeir together in Dalvik. Iceland Air, of course, charged me a penalty fee for changing my flight in order to promote Iceland, but it was a well worth the detour. First, let’s orient ourselves. Even for Iceland, Dalvik is way up there…

A Tolt Party

This was a triple header: birthdays for Martina Gates and Kristjan Kristjansson (I’ll be discreet and leave it at that because they don’t look or

The Local Club: The Road to Landsmót Starts Here!

On any Spring weekend in Iceland, in any city or town, you will find people at their local riding clubs fiddling around with their horses, riding in friendly training shows and sometimes in engaging in fierce competition. What follows is a video visit to Dreyri, the club in Akranes.

Sheep Dressage

First of all, let me make it clear that this is not Dressage for Icelanders! My experience is that dressage may be coming to Iceland,

Herding Sheep

Why dogs on a horse website?  Well…  one thing leads to another!   Start with an Icelandic horse or two and before long you have seven, as in our case.  And you meet some Icelanders through the horses and admire their dog and, as in our case, you end up with one which you then breed and…  Same with sweaters, by the way.  One leads to another!

What follows is the first competitive sheepherding trial that one of our puppies entered. She later became the first Icelandic Sheepdog to get a herding title.

Turkey Tölt

A local American club goes out for a Fall ride. But thanks to the Internet and an international association, we were joined by a rider from far away. She started as a stranger and now is a good friend.