In a new Equestrian World video, we find out more about this most curious, intelligent and independent of breeds...
Since arriving with the first settlers over a thousand years ago, the Icelandic Horse has been isolated on this little island in the North Atlantic without any genetic input from outside.
Other breeds of horse have been banned in Iceland since the 10th century, meaning this short, sturdy type has retained its distinguishing features!
The horse is perfectly suited to the climate, seasonally sporting a thick winter coat which it then sheds come springtime.
It is undaunted by Iceland's high winds and snowstorms and capable of feats like wading glacial rivers and crossing rough terrains.