Enchanted horses

I couldn’t resist posting a couple more photos of those delightful frolicsome creatures: Icelandic horses.

Just look at them – they’re enchanting little fuzzy carpets on four hooves!

(Click the photos to enlarge them.)

Even in a terrible snowstorm, both the horses and owners seem to be having such fun.

These Vikings epitomize endurance, don’t you think?

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43 responses

  1. Amy

    They are really neat horses!! Even in the snow!! ;-))

    March 21, 2010 at 06:21

  2. indeed!

    March 21, 2010 at 06:43

  3. lilalia

    They are lovely looking. Even though you must be so fed up with the snow by this point, it does add to the magic of the moment.

    March 21, 2010 at 07:35

  4. They are lovely and I like your word description of them.

    March 21, 2010 at 07:59

  5. Fortunately they have a very thick winter fur ! They looks so beautiful !

    March 21, 2010 at 09:09

    • It’s not “fortunate” so much as a result of simple evolution. The Icelandic breed descends from horses vikings brought over to Iceland long ago and the horses that didn’t have thick winter fur wouldn’t have made it through the harsh winters. Interestingly this has led to a breed that is so adapted to cold that it actually doesn’t fare well at all in the Swedish climate — it’s too warm. I hope that the horses in Fi’s photos are Swedish-bred horses and not imported, as otherwise they’re probably miserable in the summers.

      March 21, 2010 at 11:54

  6. Blu

    Fluffyiness…..!..must be a necessity where you are, great images.

    March 21, 2010 at 09:30

  7. (horse thinks): I’m supposed to be related to Arabian stallions. It’s warm in Arabian, isn’t it? Time to visit the rels…

    March 21, 2010 at 09:35

  8. I can just imagine wearing a long velvet cloak with romantic sweeping hood and being led on a sleigh by these beautiful horses.

    March 21, 2010 at 09:46

  9. You’ve got some great comments….I looked at the photo’s and all I could think about was a pantomime horse!! (sorry, it was the seperate head and bottom that did it!)

    C x

    March 21, 2010 at 09:49

  10. Beautiful shots of icelandic horses in snow.

    March 21, 2010 at 10:13

  11. Thanks for sharing these pictures and linking to your previous ones last week. I like how you described the horses.

    March 21, 2010 at 11:37

  12. LadyFi: I agree, they are very hardy people and horses. It looks like a great time to share.

    March 21, 2010 at 12:05

  13. Di

    Heavy coats for the cold, winter days. I imagine the cold and snow does not bother them much.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

    March 21, 2010 at 13:30

  14. They are sweet and lovely. Very huggable!

    March 21, 2010 at 13:57

  15. You say “fuzzy carpets on four hooves”. Great description. These are amazing horses and have a beauty all their own.

    March 21, 2010 at 14:02

  16. They look so soft!

    March 21, 2010 at 15:35

  17. The natural world and all its creatures never fails to amaze me. It’s great to have so many ways these days to learn and see more — TV and photos and the Internet — your photos!

    The “stain glass” photo of your previous post is stunning!

    March 21, 2010 at 15:57

  18. Brrr, it looks cold! They look like lovely horses:)

    March 21, 2010 at 16:24

  19. Beautiful photos, and yes, it looks like everyone is having fun. But I’m wondering when you start to thaw out in Sweden…?

    March 21, 2010 at 16:36

    • Good question! We thought we would be thawing out right about now.. and indeed, lots of roads were clear. But now a snow blizzard has covered us in snow again…

      March 21, 2010 at 16:58

  20. great title great horses

    March 21, 2010 at 16:52

  21. this might sound silly since they’re such strong creatures but I also find them very huggable:)

    March 21, 2010 at 17:36

  22. kelli

    Reposting is a great idea when the subject is as awesome as these!

    March 21, 2010 at 18:18

  23. They are great looking horses!

    March 21, 2010 at 19:06

  24. Sooooo beatiful!

    March 21, 2010 at 19:12

  25. Fiona, I don’t want to say that I have been lurking. More or less just dropping by when I have a quick moment. Those horses are stunning, is there a photo shoot in your future?

    What great subjects they would make.


    March 21, 2010 at 21:26

  26. They really are beautiful creatures. I love the photos with the snow falling. Feel free to post as many as you like!:-)

    March 21, 2010 at 21:31

  27. I like the way the saddle is rimmed in just the right color, matching the coats – how did you manage that, Fi?

    March 21, 2010 at 22:39

  28. Clive

    Fantastic horses!

    A lot tougher than the horse the NLSM’s sister was riding yesterday but then again she was able to ride in a t-shirt! Spring has finally come here!

    March 21, 2010 at 23:03

  29. It looks shivery cold..and the horses obviously have heavy winter coats..I wonder if those gals have discovered hand warmers:)

    March 21, 2010 at 23:31

  30. I’m glad you posted some more photos … they are stunning creatures!

    March 22, 2010 at 02:13

  31. “Frolicsome” is a wonderful word and should be used far more often.

    With Diffident Temerity,


    March 22, 2010 at 04:06

  32. ‘Fuzzy carpets on four hooves’ – wonderful description. I imagine riding in a snowstorm might be rather hazardous but I suppose they’re very sure-footed ( should that be ‘sure-hoofed’?)

    March 22, 2010 at 05:44

  33. I prefer big Thoroughbreds and Warmblood, but Icelandics are a hoot and a holler, too, when they get going — and strong as all get out. Those necks are solid muscle. Just try turning one of them when they don’t want to go that way. Great photos. Horses — I love them all!

    March 22, 2010 at 06:08

  34. They do seem to be having fun! Even though it looks freezing (!!) it seems they are used to it. Great pics!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:01

  35. wonderful…i really need to go horseback riding again…

    March 22, 2010 at 14:57

  36. Icelanders are sturdy horses. They manage.:)

    March 22, 2010 at 19:46

  37. They’re like something out of a fairy tale!

    March 22, 2010 at 19:55

  38. HPH

    So fuzzy!

    March 22, 2010 at 21:51

  39. They are lovely little horses.

    March 22, 2010 at 22:48

  40. They look like a great companion to share a snow blizzard with. We are still on a roller coaster here…..65 today and snow coming in tonight for a couple of days.

    March 23, 2010 at 00:15

  41. I’m always amazed by how fuzzy horses get and how quickly. Great pictures.

    March 23, 2010 at 01:05

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